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IMPORTANT TIMES, DATES AND PLACES

  • February 10, 2021 – ONLINE Registration Closed
    • or until we have reached our cap of runners (whichever occurs first).
  • February 12, 2021 – In-Person Packet Pick-up Rate Individual Half $105, 2 Person Relay Team $160 per team, 3 Person Relay Team $215 per team
  • February 12, 2021 – Mar 4, 2021: Virtual Race Window
  • February 13, 2021: RACE DAY!
    • Starting Line Party: 7:00 AM
    • Race Start: 8:00 AM
    • Race Cutoff: 12:00 PM

For a more detailed list of times, read the FAQ: Do you have a schedule of events?

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Below are some Frequently Asked Questions, with additional info on the race...

 

Do you have a schedule of events for race week?
Do you have maps?
Where exactly is the race?
What is the course terrain and grade like?
Where are the aid stations?
What happens if there is a Government Shutdown?
So how many times will we run through a tunnel?
Will the tunnels affect my GPS?
What are the Heaven and Heck finish line tunnels?
When and where is packet pickup?
What’s my bib #?
Where is parking for the race? Is there a shuttle?
What weather can I expect on race day?
Is there a bag drop?
Spectator points, where should my family and friends watch?
Is the course chip timed?
Are the proceeds really going to charity?
What is the Half Marathon Group Rate?
Which leg of the relay covers the tunnels?
How do the 1st leg relay runners get to the finish line?
Are there shirts and medals for all participants?
Life happened, can I get a refund?
Are walkers welcome?
Are strollers welcome?
Is there a time limit to finish?
Is there a fee to get in Lake Mead National Park?
Where is a good place to stay?
When does race registration end?

 

Do you have a schedule of Events?

WHEN & WHERE

Pre-race week

The nearest airport is Las Vegas, McCarran airport. In regards to lodging for travelers, there are a few local joints in Boulder City. Quality Inn being one, is offering 15% discount to our runners. Hoover Dam Lodge and Railroad Pass Casinos are only about 10 minutes from the starting line. Map link of hotels near starting area: rebrand.ly/hotelsbyracestart

Lake Mead Natl Park also has $10/night campgrounds but only work on a first come, first served basis; no reservations.

Many runners choose to stay in Las Vegas and make the 30-40 minute commute to the start on race morning. Las Vegas offers a variety of accommodations. Check out for more information https://www.visitlasvegas.com

In addition, our 2021 packet pick-up location, DoubleTree by Hilton Las Vegas Airport has rooms available for race weekend. They offer free chocolate chip cookies and a complimentary 24-hr airport shuttle service.

February 10th (Wednesday)

Online Registration ENDS at 11:59 p.m. (MST).

 

February 12th (Friday)

Packet Pickup

TIME: 3:30pm to 6:30pm

LOCATION:

DoubleTree by Hilton Las Vegas Airport
7250 Pollock Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Painted Desert Room & Lake Mead Room
*Double Tree Hilton offers complimentary
24-hr airport shuttle

*Additional details below, please keep reading.

In-Person Packet Pick-up Rate Individual Half $105, 2 Person Relay Team $160 per team, 3 Person Relay Team $215 per team

Virtual Run Race Window Begins (ends March 5th)

 

February 13, 2021 (Saturday) – Race day!

7:00 a.m. -- Starting Line party begins! We’ll have porta potties galore and good tunes to get you warmed up!

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. -- Shuttle taking Relay runners from the Start Area to the Relay Exchange Point LEAVES (All Relay Runners (all legs) and Half Marathon racers park at the START area – no parking or drop-offs are permitted at the relay exchange. Map link here: rebrand.ly/startinglinearea)

8:00 a.m. -- Half Marathon & Relay Race Start at Bootleg Canyon Park Trailhead (follow Yucca Street past the animal shelter) *It may still be chilly, so dress accordingly.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. -- Shuttle from Finish Line back to start BEGINS

10:15 a.m. – Top Finisher’s Awards Ceremony (approximate start time)* This will take place at the winner podium.

11:00 a.m. – Shuttle between the relay point and finish line ENDS – (First legs will ride the shuttle from the Exchange point to the Finish Line to celebrate – Map link to Relay exchange point: rebrand.ly/relayexchange.

12:00 p.m. – Course closes

12:15 p.m. – LAST shuttle from the finish line to the starting line parking area

 

*Awards announced at the finish line are for the top three men and top three women as well as the first place two person and first place three-person relay teams. Although no age category winners will be announced at the finish line, once posted following the race, the results page should encompass all age category finishes.

 

Post Race

February: Results and Photos will be posted as soon as they are made available. We will share the links on social media first and then update our website.

March 4th: Virtual Run Race window ends

Registration for next year will OPEN early summer!

 

Do you have maps?

Starting Line Area

Relay Exchange Point

Finish Line Area

Course Map

Saints & Sinners Google Map Course
*Google map may vary slightly from the race day course due to conditions while setting up.

Where exactly is the race?

The race begins in Boulder City, NV at Bootleg Canyon Park (north on Yucca Street) about 20 minutes outside of Las Vegas (rebrand.ly/startinglinearea) Put in Nature Discovery Trail and Rock Garden or 1000 Yucca Street in your GPS (*Putting “Bootleg Canyon Trailhead or Bootleg Canyon Park Trailhead” in Google maps no longer takes you to the starting line area*). Turn at Taco Bell onto Yucca Street and follow Yucca up and keep going past the animal shelter (810 Yucca St) to the roundabout and there will be parking on the right. The course runs about 6.5 miles along the River Mountain Loop Trail and crosses over into Lake Mead National Park where it joins the Historic Hoover Dam Railroad Tunnel Trail. Runners will pass through five gigantic tunnels used to bring supplies to build Hoover Dam in 1931. After tunnel five, runners will turn around and run back through the tunnels a second time toward the beach. The finish line is on Lake Mead’s Event Beach near the picnic area (across from the campground: rebrand.ly/finishlinearea). Volunteers will be there to direct you and answer questions all along the way. Learn more about the tunnels here.

Learn More About Lake Mead National Park by visiting their website https://www.nps.gov/lake/learn/index.htm

 

WHAT & HOW

Course, Aid Stations, General Questions & Sponsors

 

What is the course terrain and grade like?

The majority of the course is on the paved River Mountain Loop Trail. There is a 4.4 mile stretch through the tunnels that is on compressed dirt (the terrain in the tunnels is trail/some gravel/unpaved, so make sure you stay focused!). It is almost all downhill or semi-flat with an average 1.8% grade (there is a hill at 3.5 miles). Yah, it’s almost perfect!

 

Where are the aid stations? Saints choose the right, sinners choose the left!

The aid stations are located approximately every 2 miles along the course. They are at miles 1.5*, 3*, 5, 6.5*, 8.5*, 11*. *Starred have restrooms nearby aka, restrooms are near every aid station except #3 (mile 5) and the station at the end of the tunnels. Facilities include both park facilities and porta-potties). There will be “saints” tables with water/healthy treats and “sinners” tables with gatorade/devilishly yummy goodies like candy. You’ll have to decide if you’re feeling more like a saint or a sinner.

 

What happens if there is a Government Shutdown?

In the event that we experience a government shutdown and National Parks are closed on race day we have contingencies. We will use an alternate course or host an all virtual race. We will release those details as needed. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund in full without race insurance. You may purchase race insurance for $15 at check out. This guarantees a full refund (apart from the insurance fee).

 

So how many times will we run through a tunnel?

14….no really. The trail through town and into the park has 3 modern tunnels (to go under the road). The Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail has 5 tunnels but you run through them twice (The terrain in the tunnels is trail/unpaved, so make sure you stay focused!), and the finish line has a Heaven and Heck tunnel (You choose which to run through). Total: 14!!!

 

Will the tunnels affect my GPS?

Yes, you will most likely lose some signal in the tunnels, but it will pick up once you are out. The overall elevation may also not read completely accurate because the GPS will read the peaks elevations of the tunnel, no accounting for you are going through the peak elevation, not over it. Overall, it shouldn’t be a problem, but just a heads up.

 

What are the Heaven and Heck finish line tunnels?

After you have died running 13.1 miles as fast as you could, you will find out and make a choice. That will be your eternal reward. Make sure you get a picture for your loved ones that were left behind.

 

When and where is packet pickup?

Friday, Feb. 12th, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lil’ tip, many runners come right on time or early to “beat the rush”, which sometimes creates a rush, so please keep this in mind that staggering your arrival may be in your best interest. We know you are eager to pick up your packets, and we are eager to help you.

If necessary, someone else may pick up your bib on your behalf with a copy or proof of your ID (print or digital copies (aka a picture) are both accepted) and your bib number. We ask that you come Friday; however, we understand that some of you are coming in from out of town though and there might not be another option, so we’ll have emergency packet pick up in the morning. You’ll earn good karma if you heed our plea.

Packet Pick-Up Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Las Vegas Airport
7250 Pollock Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Painted Desert Room & Lake Mead Room
*Double Tree Hilton offers complimentary
24-hr airport shuttle
 

What’s my bib #?

Bib numbers are assigned at registration. You can find your Bib # in your confirmation email. If you can’t find it or you have misplaced it, we will have bib numbers posted at packet pick up.

 

Where is parking for the race? Is there a shuttle?

**NOTICE: ALL EVENTS & ALL RUNNERS – There will be no pre-race shuttle taking anyone to the starting line. Your job is to get to the starting line. (Yes, for return runners, that’s right, we have decided to have all event runners meet at the starting line area to enjoy the pre-race party and then 2nd & 3rd relay legs will be shuttled to the exchange point starting at 7:30 a.m.)**

If possible, we’d love it if you could have your family, friends, new acquaintance, etc., drop you off at the starting line (there’s lots of room to park rebrand.ly/startinglinearea). There is plenty of space to hang out before the race starts so you can get all pumped up by their energy and good vibes. After they send you off, they can jump in their car and drive to the finish line where there is also plenty of parking (rebrand.ly/finishlinearea).

We know some of you will be flying solo though, or you can’t pay your friends enough to get up and take you, or you are all running, so we’ll have a shuttle available to return you from the finish line to the start line after the race (starting at 10:00 a.m. on a continuous looping basis, wrapping up at noon).

There is no parking at the relay point so the first shuttle will be leaving at 7:30 a.m. from the start line to the relay point. Arrive early, buses fill up close to race time. We ask that second leg runners get priority if necessary, but buses will loop for additional pick-ups until all runners have been taken to the relay point. (All relay legs finishing at the exchange point will be able to catch a shuttle to the finish line or the starting line en route on the loop)

 

What weather can I expect on race day?

It will be chilly in the morning (Yes there is a bag drop! Any clothing found left on the course will be donated), but cool once the race starts and warm when the sun hits. (Average lows are 40s, with average highs in the 60s) Aka perfect, not too hot, not too cold.

 

Is there a bag drop?

There will be a bag drop at the starting line. PLEASE use the tag from your bib and the zip tie provided at packet pick-up to label your bag. You can retrieve your items at the finish line by using your bib number. Unclaimed items along with any other clothing left on the course will be donated to charity.

 

Spectator points, where should my family and friends watch?

The finish line is on Event Beach and there is plenty of seagull watching, rock throwing, kite flying and shell searching until the runners start to make their way towards the finish line for lots of cheering! There are a few stops you can cheer along the way, but you have to drive to them; this includes anywhere along highway 93, after the street “Industrial” and before the Lake Mead park entrance. Otherwise, once you’re in the park there are a few pull off points along the road then off they’re off to the finish line! Here is a map of the start to finish by car: rebrand.ly/starttofinishbycar

 

Is the course chip timed?

Yes. For those participating virtually, due to the nature of a virtual race we will not track your time, nor will you be eligible for time-based awards.

 

Are the proceeds really going to charity?

Yes, we are a non-profit 501(c)(3). Check out Our Cause here.

 

What is the Half Marathon Group Rate?

Family and friends that run together, stay together! This is an option for a group of family, friends, co-workers – you name it, to register as a “team” for a group rate (NOT a relay – these are individual half marathon entries). A team consists of 3+ people who have a shared group name (entered at checkout) to qualify you as a team to get the discount. So recruit your friends!

 

Which leg of the relay covers the tunnels?

The second leg. The terrain in the tunnels is trail/unpaved, so make sure you stay focused!

 

How do the 1st leg relay runners get to the finish line?

There will be an intermittent shuttle between the relay point and the finish line on a continuous loop. Map of relay point: rebrand.ly/relayexchange

 

Are there shirts and medals for all participants?

Yes and yes – each runner will receive a shirt and a finisher’s medal. However, if you register late, this is not guaranteed. Check out the bling in our gallery! If you are a return runner, you get an alumni medal on your first return run! Just ask a volunteer at the finish line about getting your alumni medal and they will hook you up.

 

Life happened, can I get a refund?

There are two refund scenarios, the first is an “oops!” charge. If you had a technical glitch, we will be sure to remedy that as soon as possible, just let us know.

The second if an unforeseen life circumstance. Here there is good news, and there is bad news. First, the bad news: Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund in full without race insurance; however, we do know that life happens (e.g. extenuating circumstances that would prevent you from running like significant injury, surgery, pregnancy, etc.). So here’s the good news: You may purchase race insurance for $15 at check out. This guarantees a full refund (apart from the insurance fee) or secures the option to transfer (to another runner or another event) or defer your registration until the next year.

We wish you happy and safe training! (*Insured transfer requests to another runner or event are due January 27th, insured deferral or refund requests are welcome until race day; however, short notice deferrals or refunds may be processed post event weekend once staff is available)

 

WHO

All.

 

Are walkers welcome?

Absolutely! It’s an amazing view.

 

Are strollers welcome?

Yes, but they will have to be at the end of the start lineup.

 

Is there a time limit to finish?

Yes, cleanup will start after about 4 hours at 12:00 pm. If you are concerned about the time it will take you to finish, there is also the Virtual Race option.

 

Is there a fee to get in Lake Mead National Park?

Yes, which is part of why we shuttle you from the start, as parking at the start is free for runners. You may want to advise friends or family parking at the finish line that there is a parking fee or encourage them to carpool (especially with someone who has a national parks pass! ; ).

 

Where is a good place to stay?

Boulder City is the town 20 miles outside of Las Vegas created while building the Hoover Dam in 1931. It is a cute, small town America city with a few main street diners, pizzeria’s, gift shops and antique stores. While there aren’t many big chain hotel choices, you might opt for one of the local joints because it is literally 5 minutes away from the starting line and 10 minutes to the finish line.

Quality Inn is offering 15% discount to our runners. Hoover Dam Lodge and Railroad Pass Casinos are only about 10 minutes from the starting line. Map link of hotels near starting area: rebrand.ly/hotelsbyracestart

Lake Mead Natl Park also has $10/night camp grounds but only work on a first come, first served basis; no reservations.

Many runners choose to stay in Las Vegas and make the 30-40 minute commute to the start on race morning. Las Vegas offers a variety of accommodations. Check out for more information https://www.visitlasvegas.com

In addition, our 2021 packet pick-up location, DoubleTree by Hilton Las Vegas Airport has rooms available for race weekend. They offer free chocolate chip cookies and a complimentary 24-hr airport shuttle service.

 

When does race registration end?

Online registration ends Wednesday, February 10th at 11:59 p.m. (PST). There will also be late registration at packet pickup $105 for Individual Half, $160 for 2 Person Relay Team, $215 for 3 Person Relay Team. We accept cash, card or check. We cannot guarantee shirts and medals for late registrants.

February 10th - ONLINE Registration will remain open until February 10, 2021, or until we have reached our cap of runners (whichever occurs first).

February 12th - In-Person Packet Pick-up Registration ONLY rate

 

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Additional questions can be sent to us on the contact page or email: info @saintsandsinnershalf.com