Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon Reviews
3.0 Stars from
Watch out for that first hill
By AV819 about 2017
This race is fun simply for the ridiculousness of running in the middle of the night to an Alien-themed tiny diner on the Extraterrestrial Highway. It's one of those "do it to say you did" races. It was a difficult course for the incline first 13 miles, and because it is completely in the dark. Even with the full moon, the cloud coverage made for a dark night. The final 10k feels pretty remote like you are alone in the world; this is not a race with any spectators or with much for signs of human life at times. The weather in 2017 was windy/rainy at the start, and at times I wondered if it would be called for the lightning (or maybe those were the UFOs?). The rain continued for at least an hour, sometimes light but sometimes fairly soaking, and picked up again later. The race is along the side of a road, and even though we were encouraged to run single file, I encountered many walkers (I think from the half marathon) who walked several abreast. Also ours was the bus that broke down before getting out of Las Vegas; they did call in a backup, which impressively arrived fairly soon, but at that point we were all wondering if we'd make the start time or not (not a lot of communication forthcoming). That bus also later got stuck at the start line, for those that were continuing on to other distances' start lines, so hopefully this kink gets worked out for the peace of mind of future racers. While this race fit the bill toward my 50 States goal, I knew better than to plan for a PR or BQ; even so, it was still harder than I expected. This was my 13th full and my slowest time.
Despite the bus problems, I do recommend riding the bus for those staying in Las Vegas. That being said, the bathroom on the bus was in pretty bad shape so plan accordingly. The website recommends bringing your own refillable water bottle, but it turns out they had plenty of disposable cups. Also check your headlamp batteries before you start!
The bus left from the Silver Sevens casino lot. We took an Uber even though our hotel was one mile away, because the sidewalks end awkwardly and you fight with taxis and construction for a safe walk. Also the breakfast at the end is outside by the finish, not inside the cafe.