Date and Time

The Petrified Forest Marathon/Half Marathon will take place on October 21, 2017. The race will start at 7:15AM from the north end of the park and finish at the south end.

Course

The course has lots of small hills and has a net altitude loss of about 400 Feet from the start to the finish. There will be 15 aid stations along the route. (See Map http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/461913732)

 

Parking

You will park your cars at the south end and be transported by bus to the north end for the start of the race. The buses will load at 6:00AM from the South Parking Lot. Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.

Weather

The weather this time of year has an average high of 69 and and average low of 37 so it is very comparable to the St. George Marathon.  Please plan accordingly.

Race Day Logistics

Start/Finish Locations:

Full Marathon Start: Petrified Forest National Park, North Entrance

Half Marathon Start: Petrified Forest National Park, TeePees pull-off

Finish: Petrified Forest National Park, South Entrance

Friday, October 20th Schedule:

Location:

WigWam Motel

811 W Hopi Dr, Holbrook, AZ 86025

(928) 524-3048

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Runner Reg./Packet Pick-up (WAIVER REQUIRED) Waivers will be available at the registration table.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Pre-race Pasta Dinner

Location: Wigwam Motel
Host: Holbrook Youth Basketball
Food: Spaghetti Dinner
Cost (Donation): $5 a plate.

Saturday, October 21st Schedule:

5:45 am 

2 Holbrook School District buses will enter the park’s south gate to pick up participants that would like to park at the finish line and be shuttled to the starting line on the north side of the Park. Runners can be dropped off at the start line but the driver will need to park at the north side visitor center parking lot.

6:30 am – 7:00 am

Volunteers conduct late registration/check-in at the overflow parking lot outside the park’s north entrance.  (WAIVER REQUIRED) Waivers will be available at the registration table.

7:00 am – 7:10 am

Runners receive welcome and safety instructions from marathon staff and PEFO Ranger

7:10 am

Half marathon runners are shuttled to Half Marathon start line

7:15 am

Full Marathon Start

8:00 am

Half Marathon Start

2:00 pm

Marathon and Half-Marathon courses close

Important Note: road traffic will be held for the start of each race.  Please arrive between 5:45 am and 6:30 am to avoid being held in traffic.  Parking will be located at the south entrance of the park.

Start Line:

The Start Line for each race (Marathon, Half Marathon) will be unique.  The finish line for each race will be shared.  A staging area will be established adjacent to the Start Line of each race.  Runners will be called to the staging area 15 minutes prior to the start of their race.

Runners will be called to the start line 5 minutes prior to the start of their race and vehicle traffic will be held for the Start.

On Course Support:

There are 14 Staffed support stations that will consist of water.  Half of these stations will have sports drinks available as well.  One week prior to race day, you will receive notification of the mile marker locations for each of these stations, as well as which ones will have M&Ms and bananas.

Distance Markers may be signed every mile.

The course will follow the park road which is lightly traveled and will remain open to normal traffic.

There are restroom facilities at the PEFO Visitor Center, Kachina Point, Puerco Pueblo and Rainbow Forest. Portable toilets will be brought to the north side/starting line on a trailer for marathon start, then transported to the turnoff at Blue Mesa.

Our volunteers along the course are amazing!  When you see them, feel free to give them a shout-out or a high five!

Finish Line Photography:

Race photography will be provided free of charge to all runners.

Photos will be taken at the start, on the course, at the finish line, and post finish line for all races.

For the best photo and to keep your number visible to the finish line photographer.  There will be a staging area near the finish line for individual and group photos.  Please allow several days for all photos to be uploaded.

Finish Line:

All finishers in the marathon and half-marathon will receive a finisher’s medal.

Runners will be refreshed at the finish line with Kashi bars, fresh fruit and more.  There will be at least one gluten-free option available.  There will be seating available to rest after the race.

Post-race festivities will take place around the finish line, which will include cultural dancers.

Refund Policy

After August 31st, 2016 all entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.

EVENT CANCELLATION

There is NO rain date, We Go Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather, management reserves the right to cancel/alter/modify the race/course for safety concerns. In any case there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Each participant must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complimentary race entry to a future race. All monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event for all. Any decision we make to go forth with the race is based on the overall event safety.

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REFUND POLICY

THE POLICY

Participants may request a partial deferral by submitting an email request prior to August 31st, 2016. Approved requests will be entitled to a deferral credit of 50% of your race entry fee (not including processing or handling fees). The deferral credit can be used for any MH Enterprises LLC (“MHE”) produced race and is valid through the end of the following MHE race season (last MHE race) after which it becomes void.

Deferral credits are for the registered participant only and are non-transferrable. Deferral credits cannot be combined with any other promotional or deferral discount.

After August 31st, 2016 all entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.

 

EVENT CANCELLATION

There is NO rain date, We Go Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather, management reserves the right to cancel/alter/modify the race/course for safety concerns. In any case there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Each participant must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complimentary race entry to a future race. All monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event for all. Any decision we make to go forth with the race is based on the overall event safety.