THE HOOVER DAM MARATHON
Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K
December 14th, 2019
Boulder Beach Picnic Area, Lake Mead NRA, NV
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. The Marathon and Half Marathon will run through Three of the Six Tunnels.
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.
Past Race Results
Aid Stations will be stocked with water and Hammer Heed. Fluids will be available in cups, though the aid stations will be happy to refill your own water bottle as well should you chose to carry one.
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 2019
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, with new post-race food options to get excited about!
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!
Packet Pick Up
Friday, December 13th
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday, December 14th
7:00am - 9:15am
Boulder Beach Picnic Area
Lake Mead, Boulder City, NV 89005
McGhie's Ski Bike and Board
19 S. Stephanie St. Henderson, NV 89012
7:00am-9:15am: Race Day Packet Pick Up
7:55am: Brief talk from the Race Director for Marathon
8:00am: Start of the Marathon
8:30am: Start of the Half Marathon
8:40am: Start of the 10K
8:45am: Start of the 5K
9:00am: 5K Awards
10:00am: 10K Awards
10:45am: Half Marathon Awards
12:15pm: Marathon Awards
2:05pm: Course officially closes
*Approximate awards time
Highlight Race Features
Scenic, USATF sanctioned course
Early & Race Day Packet Pick-Up options
Accurately measured, clearly marked courses
Reliable, Accurate Results
Race Shirt, Finisher Medal & Digital Goodie Bag
Overall & Age Group Award Medals & Prizes
The top 3 overall men and women in each distance will receive an award. Also, the top 3 in each age group will be awarded and presented with a recycled award medal on the podium during the awards ceremony.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Volunteers under 13 years must have a parent or guardian accompanying them during their volunteer shift. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about volunteering. Include your name, age, day & time availability, and any special requests.