Saturday, January 9, 2021 • Boulder City, NV • Course Map
Formerly known as the Running From an Angel Marathon & Half Marathon, the newly renamed Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes runners on an out-and-back course along the shoreline of the world’s largest man-made lake.
Run around the western (Nevada) side of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the race features a starting and finish line area that’s just minutes from the Hoover Dam, the 726-ft. high marvel of engineering that created the more than 150-square-mile lake from which the park takes its name.
This race, whose counterpart Running With The Devil Marathon & Half Marathon is run in the blazing desert heat of the summer, takes runners from the start at the Boulder Beach Special Events area along the scenic Lakeshore Road and Boulder Beach Highway, which overlook Lake Mead’s crystal-blue waters.
The course is made up entirely of paved surfaces (for all races) along mostly gentle rolling hills, with a few long, gradual uphills and downhills thrown in.
Between miles 5 and 7 come the half-marathon’s steady uphill climb and steepest elevation changes, as the courses rises from a low of about 1,324 feet above sea level at the mile 5 marker to about 1,595 feet just after the 7-mile marker. After the halfway point, runners will experience occasional steep hills for the next four miles before coasting steadily downhill to the finish line.
Due to the race being run on national parklands, the course is open to automobile traffic throughout the duration of the race. Runners are asked to remain always on the lakeshore side of the road throughout the duration of their respective races.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just a few miles south of the entrance to Nevada’s Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City weather conditions are much like those of nearby Las Vegas — cold and dry in the winter, and hot and dry in the summer.
In January, temperatures average between 41°F and 54°F, while rainfall is very rare — the area averages about 0.7 inches of precipitation for the month.
On the day of the race (Jan. 9), the average low is 38°F and the average high is 52°F.
- 2020 Lake Mead Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Lake Mead Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Lake Mead Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Lake Mead Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM – full marathon
- 8:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:35 AM – 10K
- 8:40 AM – 5K
- $70 – $105 for the half marathon
- $85 – $120 for the full marathon
- $105 – $140 for the marathon relay
- $35 – $70 for the 10K
- $25 – $60 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Boulder City’s Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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