Follow in the footsteps of 1930's whiskey peddlers as you traverse the rocky and serpentine trails of the Bootlegger 50k, located in historic Boulder City, Nevada
Between Las Vegas, Nevada and the mighty Colorado River sits a long rugged volcanic ridge dubbed the River Mountain Range. Black and Red Mountains, aptly named for their contrasting color, rise the highest. Between the two Mojave Desert peaks sits Bootleg Canyon, better known as the Hooch Highway.
During the 1930's when prohibition and the construction of the Hoover Dam was in full effect, the small canyons and caves at the base of these peaks were filled with bootleggers brewing their home concoctions in secret. They sold their treasured product to the parched dam workers and prospectors who inhabited the local desert communities of Boulder City and Henderson.
At the finish line, quench your own thirst and imbibe on the quaffs that were once sought after and illegal.
The Bootlegger races (25k and 50k) take place in Bootleg Canyon and cross between Boulder City and Bureau of Land Management jurisdictions. Views of Boulder City, Henderson, the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Mead, and Mount Charleston are all visible from the course. Runners can also see into California and Arizona from the higher vantage points.
The 25k course consists of a single loop and has a total of 2,200 feet of elevation gain. The 50k completes this same 15.4-mile loop twice for approximately 4,400’ of gain. The 25k will have three aid stations. The 50k will have seven well stocked aid stations spaced no more than 5 miles apart. There is a 9 hour cutoff for both races
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The terrain breakdown is 28 miles of single-track, 1.5 miles of dirt road, and about 0.5 miles of pavement. Much of the single-track trail is technical, yet there are some fast and smooth sections. On race day morning, runners can expect temperatures in the 40s, with daytime highs in the 70s.