THE HOOVER DAM MARATHON
HALF MARATHON, 10k & 5K RUN
December 12th, 2020
Boulder Beach Picnic Area, Lake Mead, NV
With great disappointment, we must inform you that the 2020 Hoover Dam Marathon is cancelled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Las Vegas.
As of Nov. 23rd: Due to the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in Nevada, the Hoover Dam Marathon cannot take place as planned. Sisolak has issued a "statewide pause" for at least the next three weeks. The pause goes into effect Nov. 24th at 12:01 a.m. and involves a stronger mask mandate and new capacity limits. With these new restrictions, and with the health and safety of everyone in mind, we must cancel the Dec. 12th Hoover Dam Marathon race.
We are grateful to all of our athletes, volunteers, and sponsors for their patience and continued support as we’re forced to make these unfortunate decisions, and hope that we will be hosting events in the near future.
If you are registered for the Hoover Dam Marathon or any of our races affected by COVID-19, read about our COVID-19 Transfer Policy here. We strictly adhere to this policy out of fairness to all.
We look forward to a safe return to racing.
This race is historic and scenic. Taking place at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which is approximately 18 miles from Las Vegas and boasts amazing views of the largest man-made lake in the US. During the race, you'll run on the Historic Railroad Trail, part of the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy and National Park.
This course is just stunning in more ways than one! Start your race at Lake Mead's Boulder Beach, Special Events Beach at the BBQ area. The first 1/4 mile is a steady gradual uphill along a wide roadway, giving plenty of room for runners to find their position among the field before making a left-hand turn onto the paved River Mountains Loop Trail. This section of the River Mountains Loop Trail is impeccably paved and about 12' wide, running parallel to Lakeshore Drive. The course is undulating through the spectacular Mojave Desert and joins up with the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail just before your mile 3. This section of trail is breathtaking! You'll traverse a hard-packed dirt trail leading you through several old railroad tunnels that were used in the 1930s to transport supplies to the workers in the construction of the then Boulder Dam- now Hoover Dam. The trail is perched atop of a ridge overlooking the crystal blue waters of Lake Mead and the marina.
After passing through the last tunnel, your next mile is thru an area which is home to power plants- Hoover Dam is the main producer of electricity for Nevada, Arizona, and California. This is just a prelude to the "Money Shot"! You'll zig zag your way down 6 switch backs delivering you onto the upper level parking garage at Hoover Dam. You will run a counterclockwise loop along the edge for a great view of the awe inspiring Hoover Dam and Bypass Bridge. No need to break stride- you get a great view as you run along the course, too. 10K will take shuttle back to Boulder Beach.
With the Dam now behind you, the Marathon and Half Marathoners will retrace their steps back up the switch backs, thru the tunnels overlooking Lake Mead, then back on the paved trail. Arriving back at Boulder Beach access road you'll all continue straight continuing along the paved River Mountains Loop Trail to the turnaround roughly 0.6 of a mile ahead, then back to Boulder Beach.
Marathoners make 2 loops of the above (By popular runner demand). The finish line is back at Boulder Beach at the covered BBQ area where the awards and finish line food await!
This course does not go over the Dam.
Packed-dirt trail accounts for roughly 14 miles of the full marathon; 7 miles of the 1/2 marathon. The remainder is paved asphalt. Shoe recommendation is a sturdy road running shoe. Trail shoes are not necessary, but I would also recommend against racing flats.
Race Venue & Parking
Start / Finish
Race Day Parking
Boulder Beach Picnic Area between the South and North Access Roads
Lake Mead, Boulder City, NV 89005
No Shuttles in 2020
BBSC has made the decision to end shuttle service from Bally's in 2019. With options such as car rentals, Lyft and Uber available from the Strip, we no longer find it necessary to offer this service. Instead, we will be focusing our efforts on making the course and post-race party even better in 2019.
The 10K distance will no longer finish at the Hoover Dam parking garage. Don't worry! The 10K will still be very scenic as an out and back. If you want to make it to the Hoover Dam, you can choose the Half Marathon or Marathon distance!