Saturday, March 20, 2021 • Lovell Canyon, NV • Course Map
Located in the little-known and seldom-visited (by tourists) Spring Mountains of Nevada, about a 40-minute drive from Las Vegas, the area known as Lovell Canyon plays host to the Labor of Love road races, including a 50K, full 26.2-mile marathon and a half-marathon that take runners into the canyon for a spectacularly scenic run.
It’s a pristine natural environment characterized by valleys surrounded by mountains, sagebrush and Joshua Trees everywhere and absolutely no facilities anywhere — the kind of place where hikers and campers can really rough it outdoors.
Each of the races in the event shares the same starting line, the intersection of Lovell Canyon Road just off Highway 160, which lies about 30 miles west of Las Vegas and over the mountains west of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
Like the other two races, the half-marathon is run entirely on paved surfaces along Lovell Canyon Road, and is an out-and-back race that runs along the road to the 6.55-mile marker and back.
Runners start the race at an elevation of about 4,500 feet above sea level and climb all the way to 7,000 feet in the full marathon. The half-marathon doesn’t reach that elevation but it does climb steadily uphill toward the half-way point (and steadily downhill on the way back).
Half-marathon participants start their race at 7:30 AM, a half-hour behind the full marathoners, who will start their race with both the 50-mile and 50K runners.
No parking is available at the race venue/starting line, so buses will be provided to transport runners from an off-site parking location to the starting line.
Race Weather & Climate
Famous for its arid desert climate that gets little to no rainfall at any time of year, Las Vegas also sees highly variable temperatures this time of year, with cool to mild weather in March — a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 16 degrees (in 1896) and as high as 96 degrees (in 1910).
On race day (March 20), the average low is 46ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2019 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Labor of Love Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – 50-miler, 50K, full marathon
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:00 AM – 10K, 5K
- $70 – $95 for the half marathon
- $125 – $150 for the 50-miler
- $95 – $120 for the 50K
- $90 – $115 for the full marathon
- $35 – $50 for the 10K
- $35 – $50 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in any of the race distances at the 2021 running of Las Vegas’s Labor of Love Marathon races, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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