Trails of Glory

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Date(s) - 11/04/2017
5:00 am - 6:00 pm


Trails of Glory takes place on the trails on the north and south sides of NV-160, just below the beautiful cliff faces of Red Rock Canyon in the land of wild burros.

Join us on November 4, 2017 at Cottonwood Valley’s Late Night Trailhead. With great trails including the Duck Tree, the north side of Cottonwood Valley promises fun, fast trails with stunning views of the cliffs of the Red Rock Escarpment.

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Race Distances

Lil Dashers 2M Course

2 miles, 200 ft of vertical climbThe Lil’ Dashers 2K course is a lollipop to the duck tree and back along Mustang Trail and Ducky.

12K Course

6.9 miles, 650 ft of vertical climbA counter-clockwise running of part of the Mustang Trail loop and Late Night with a quick detour to Rubber Ducky, beginning and ending with fast downhill with a challenging (but fun!) uphill in the middle.

Half Marathon Course

13.5 miles, 1400 ft of vertical climbA mixture of the Mustang Trail, Landmine Loop, and Black Velvet, the course takes Landmine all the way around, passing through Blue Diamond and returning along a gentle uphill on Late Night Trail before finishing with a fast downhill to the finish.

30K Course

18.5 miles, 1750 ft of vertical climbA modification of our half marathon course, with some bonus mileage! After passing through Blue Diamond, the course continues along Landmine Loop until meeting up with Mustang Trail and heading west to Black Velvet. From Black Velvet the course continues along Late Night, through Upper Tunnel to Badger Pass Loop, up the switchbacks, and back to along Badger Pass to the finish.

Marathon Course

26.5 miles, 2800 ft of vertical climbFollowing the 30K course until mile 13, at which point the course heads south on Dead Horse Loop, up Satan’s Escalator, and to Wilson’s Tank. From Wilson’s Tank the course heads north through the beautiful Red Valley and along Badger Pass to the finish.

40M Course

39 miles, 5000 ft of vertical climbFollowing the Marathon course until mile 20 at Wilson’s Tank, at which point the course heads south on a mixture of jeep roads and singletrack to a fun climb up to Bird Springs High Point where runners are rewarded with a beautiful view of Las Vegas in the distance. The course then retraces its route for the last 6 miles back to Wilson’s Tank, then meets back up with the Marathon course to the finish.

Lil’ Dashers 2M Kids Run

Lil' DashersHave a budding trail runner at home? Bring them out! At 12:00pm on race day we’ll kick off the Lil’ Dashers 2M, an introductory trail race just for kids 12 and under. With an aid station serving water and lots of encouragement along an easy-to-follow out-and-back course, Lil’ Dashers runners will get the full Desert Dash trail race experience! All entrants receive a Lil’ Dashers water collapsible water bottle and all finishers receive a custom Lil’ Dashers finisher medal.

Race Schedule

Distance Start Time Time Limit Awards Ceremony
Lil’ Dashers 2M 12:00pm 1 hour 12:45pm
12K 8:30am 3 hours, 30 minutes 10:00am
Half Marathon 8:00am 5 hours, 30 minutes 11:00am
30K 7:30am 7 hours 11:30am
Marathon 7:00am 9 hours 12:30pm
40M 5:00am 13 hours 1:00pm

Aid Stations

There will be aid stations serving all distances at the locations listed below:

Race Race Mileage Aid Stations
Lil’ Dashers 2M
Mile 0.5 Dashers Aid Station
Mile 1.5 Dashers Aid Station
Mile 3 Mustang Aid Station
Half Marathon
Mile 4.6 Blue Diamond Aid Station
Mile 8.9 Black Velvet Aid Station
Mile 12.6 Tunnel Aid Station
Mile 4.6 Blue Diamond Aid Station
Mile 8.9 Black Velvet Aid Station
Mile 12.6 Tunnel Aid Station
Mile 4.6 Blue Diamond Aid Station
Mile 8.9 Black Velvet Aid Station
Mile 12.6 Tunnel Aid Station
Mile 20 Wilson’s Tank Aid Station
Mile 24.1 Red Valley Aid Station
Mile 4.6 Blue Diamond Aid Station
Mile 9.4 Mustang Aid Station
Mile 14.3 Tunnel Aid Station
Mile 21.7 Wilson’s Tank Aid Station
Mile 24.7 Bird Springs Aid Station
Mile 30.7 Bird Springs Aid Station
Mile 33.4 Wilson’s Tank Aid Station
Mile 37.7 Red Valley Aid Station

All aid stations will be stocked with water in water jugs (you must carry your own water bottle), an electrolyte drink provided in cups, energy gels, and an assortment of munchies and goodies to eat.

Prizes & Awards

Cash prizes provided by Inov-8 will be awarded to top male and female finishers of all distances. $250 for 40M winners, $100 for Marathon winners, $75 for 30K winners, $50 for Half Marathon winners, and $25 for 12K winners.

There will be additional prizes for the overall winners of all distances, including a free entry into next year’s Trails of Glory race to defned your title, along with custom awards by Elevation Culture for the top 3 males and top 3 females of each distance.

All finishers will receive a custom, very shiny (and truly glorious) Trails of Glory medal created specifically for this year’s race, and all registered runners will receive a Trails of Glory tech tee fit for royalty, in either unisex or ladies-fit*.

*To be guaranteed a ladies-fit tech tee in your size, you must register by October 13, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Race Sponsors

Registration Fees & Deadlines

To guarantee a shirt in your size, you must register by October 13, 2017 at 11:59pm.

2M 12K Half Marathon 30K Marathon 40M
Early Bird Entry
Until September 22, 2017 at 11:59pm
$20 $50 $60 $70 $80 $100
Standard Entry
Until October 20, 2017 at 11:59pm
$25 $60 $70 $80 $90 $110
Late Entry
Until November 1, 2017 at 11:59pm
$30 $70 $80 $90 $100 $120

Race Parking

Parking details will be announced closer to race day.

Bag Check

A bag check will be provided at the race to check any belongings you do not wish to leave in your car during the race, with the reusable Desert Dash drawstring bag given out at Packet Pickup.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be available the day of the event at the start/finish as well as on Friday, November 3rd from 2pm – 6pm at REI’s Boca Park location in Boca Park at 710 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145.

Refund Policy

We will provide a 100% credit towards a future Desert Dash event up to 6 weeks from the event (September 22, 2017) if notified via email at or via phone at .

From 6 weeks up to 2 weeks before the event (October 20, 2017) we will issue a 75% credit towards a future event if notified via email, and from 2 weeks up to 48 hours before the event (November 2, 2017) we will issue a 50% credit.

No credit will be issued within 48 hours of or anytime after the event. There are no refunds given.

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