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Nevada > Mesquite Tri States Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Mesquite, NV  •  Saturday, November 8, 2014  •  Course Map


Set for its 6th annual running in the fall of 2014, the Mesquite "Tri States" Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K follows a course that takes runners through three states for the full marathon and two states for the half marathon, along an overall downhill route between the small towns of Littlefield, Ariz., and Mesquite, Nev.

Runners need to be aware that because there are few roads in this area -- in the desert of eastern Nevada, near the southwest and northwest corners of Utah and Arizona, respectively -- the course will remain open to automobile traffic during the race, so runners will need to stay on the left-hand side of the road, facing traffic, throughout the event.

That said, the course takes runners through some of the Southwest's most gorgeous, dramatic scenery. Red rock hills and mesas rise on either side of the road throughout the course, which unfolds along an overall downhill route between Littlefield and Mesquite, though there are some steep uphill climbs around the midway point of the half marathon, along County Highway 91 between Interstate 15 and the winding Virgin River.

Runners in the half marathon will start their race at the half-way point of the full marathon (which begins in Utah), near the Beaver Dam Lodge on Old Highway 91. From there, they'll follow Highway 91 south into Littlefield and under the I-15 bridge, where the course will curve to the right in the direction of the Arizona-Nevada state line. These first few miles are virtually all flat until runners reach the mile 4 marker, and there the course heads downhill for the next mile.

The downhill stretch doesn't last long, however, as by the time runners are reaching the mile 6 marker and the midway point of the half marathon, the course heads uphill again, and remains hilly for roughly the next mile and a half.

By the time the course reaches the state line, the course flattens out again and remains flat most of the way in to the finish line in Mesquite. The finish line lies at Virgin Valley High School. The scheduled starting time for the half marathon is 8:30 AM, and runners will board shuttle buses from the Holiday Inn Express in Mesquite to the starting line.

Race Weather & Climate

Located near Nevada's southeastern corner, about 85 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Mesquite typically sees November temperatures that average between 67°F and 37°F, while rainfall totals average just over half an inch for the month.

Day of Race

Avg. Low: 39°F
Avg. High: 73°F

Course Map

See the race route map for the Mesquite Tri States Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:15 AM - 5K
8:30 AM - half marathon, full marathon


$70 for the half marathon, if registered by July 15, 2014
$75 between July 16 - November 1
$85 after Nov. 1


To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of the Mesquite Tri States Marathon, Du State Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com.

Official Race Website


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