Antelope Canyon 50 Mile Race Report – Lukas Burrer

Race: Antelope Canyon 50 miler

Runner: Lukas Burrer

Race Date: 03/11/2023

Location: Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ

Results: 11 OA – 1 AG

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3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?

  • Awesome location!
  • Running through the canyon, along horse shoe bend and Lake Powell was amazing!

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

Weather was kinda bad! Lot of rain which made the trails very muddy and slippery.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

If you do the 55k, 50 miler or 100 miler you have to climb down a 55ish feet ladder into the canyon. There was a long line since it took some people quite some time to climb down.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

Finished within my time goal and even placed first in my AG!!!

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

Be careful inside the canyon. Pretty narrow and dark in there.

Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race

Most of the time you’re running through loose sand which is draining on the legs! And gators.

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Very pretty! The canyon is amazing to run through. Also horse shoe bent and Lake Powell are very pretty, you’ll also pass both during the race!

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

Kind of! Not much elevation change but most of the time you’ll run through loose sand which drains the legs after a while.

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

It’s well organized. Only bad thing was the situation with the ladder. They should have timed it better or at least have different lines and prioritize them, depending on the race distance!

Competition – Is there a strong field?

It’s mixed. Felt like some people just signed up to run through the canyon. But on the other side it was a pretty strong and competitive field of runners!

Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

You should book your hotel in advance since it’s a famous and busy location all year around.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Pretty standard. Didn’t really miss anything but also nothing special!

Weather and typical race conditions

Weather sucked this year! Was supposed to be mid 50’s and cloudy which would have been perfect. But it rained a lot and the temperature dropped to low to mid 40’s!

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Would recommend gaitors because of all the sand.

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

Multiple aid stations to meet the crew! They can even go to the horse shoe bent while waiting for you to finish the race.

How’s the Swag?

Pretty good! Everyone seemed to enjoy their time out there!

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

9/10! Would definitely recommend it to others. The location is amazing and worth it to run 50 miles!