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The Vegas Valley Voyage is a multi-stage foot race traversing some of the Mojave Desert’s most stunning backcountry wilderness.
The Vegas Valley Voyage offers 4 different, yet simultaneous events. First choose your distance, then your support division:
- V3 Ultra: The V3 Ultra is our signature Vegas Valley Voyage event. It is approximately 150 miles run in 6 stages over 6 days. Choose from either "Self Supported" or "Assisted" divisions.
- 3V Ultra: Affectionately dubbed the Vegas Virgin Voyage, this 3 day version covers the first ~80 miles/ 3 stages of the V3 course. Choose from either "Self Supported" or "Assisted" divisions.
"Self Supported" racers will carry ALL of their required and optional equipment during each of the stages. "Assisted" racers will carry only their required and optional DAY items during each of the stages, having their main pack transported from camp to camp by race management.
Las Vegas, the largest and most fabulous city in the Mojave Desert hosts the Vegas Valley Voyage; a multi stage foot race along the area’s most stunning backcountry trails. While never more than a couple hours drive from the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll feel a world away in the vast open expanses of the wild west!
This is color country! Sandstone formations glow reddish orange against clear blue skies in the Valley of Fire. The Black Mountains’ rugged, arid, rocky volcanic slopes hug boundaries of the valley washes. The Muddy Mountains are a place of wonder and mystery, an area of outrageous geology and colorful Mojave Desert habitat. This region is rich with shadowy slot canyons, striking geological formations and expansive views. These folded and faulted lands are dominated by a thrust fault of gray limestone over Aztec sandstone. Purple and white mudstone hills and gypsum bearing soils of brown and red hues are present in the lowest elevations. You’ll even get glimpse of the sparkling blue waters of the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River.
The Mojave Desert, like the Gobi or Sahara Deserts, is a subtropical desert which is characterized by being dry and having very low annual precipitation. Because precipitation is so low in subtropical deserts, plants and animals are adaptive to survive and thrive in this arid environment.
Course Terrain: Consists of hard packed dirt roads, loose rocky roads, washes, soft sand, desert jeep tracks, minimal pavement, sandstone slickrock, and slot canyon passages.
Course Elevations: Elevations range roughly between 1500′ to 4000 feet above sea level. The course has a decent amount of climb and decent, but for the most part rolls over the distance of the course. No one climb or decent is worthy of a name nor extends too long. As such- this is a great way to share the workload among all of your muscles.
Course Weather: The month of May in the Vegas Valley is very dry with abundant sunshine!
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Calico Racing, LLC
Since Calico Racing's inception in 2007 it has been an honor to showcase the exquisite natural side of Las Vegas. With 8- 10 races annually Calico Racing offers unique running events throughout the valley that work in harmony with nature, challenge you in creative ways, and offer a personal touch not possible in mass production races.
Integrity, innovation, attention to detail, community, and environmental stewardship are the driving forces behind Calico Racing. A resident of Southern Nevada since 2001, I am a true desert rat, and am most at home among the canyons. My inspiration and creativity thrive when I am out on a run. In fact, Calico Racing was conceptualized on a run at Red Rock Canyon, whose trail-heads “Calico Hills” dictated the namesake and logo colors for Calico Racing.
Welcoming of athletes of all distances and abilities, I invite you to join us at a Calico Racing event, and let me share with you my Las Vegas, Nevada.