Race overview

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:

  1. 6 Day Ultra: The 6 Day 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” division.**
  2. 3 Days 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” division.**
  • Stage 1: ~28 miles
  • Stage 2: ~26 miles
  • Stage 3: ~26 miles
  • Stage 4: ~23 miles
  • Stage 5: ~42 miles
  • Stage 6: ~5 miles

“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.

Who are the participants?

Participants are expected to come from across the globe and be internationally diverse, in addition to North American participants. We expect to have a mix of seasoned veteran stage runners and several who are new to this style of racing. While there are is not an application process, nor any minimum racing credentials- athletes are strongly urged to be realistic with their athletic and mental capabilities and be sure they are up for a challenge!

  • A maximum of 30 participants will be accepted into the 2018 event, regardless of race duration or category. This intimate size ensures our high level of attention and care to each and every participant, and enables true bonding among the participants and staff.

**Calico Racing reserves the right to amend the participant cap in accordance with our issued permits.

What does Self Supported Mean?

Participants are required to carry everything necessary to be self sufficient for the duration of the race. This includes all food, clothing, and provisions for your own use and is a combination of mandatory equipment specified by race organizers and any additional optional equipment you wish to have and carry.  Exceptions to this are water rations provided to you each day for drinking and bathing; hot water for meal preparation at camp; as well as space in a shared tent at the mobile campsite.

The required and optional equipment is carried by the participant (during the stages as well) traditionally in a backpack, whose weight can range anywhere from 13- 40 pounds. An average pack weighs roughly 20-25 pounds, but it is really easy to reach this weight even when being mindful. It is highly suggested to choose the lightest, most compact, multi-functional equipment possible, while understanding the cost to weight ratio. Food often represents the greatest weight, and by nature of being consumed each day, your pack will gradually get lighter throughout the race.

What does Assisted Mean?

Participants are only required to carry their required and optional DAY items during each of the stages, having their main pack transported from camp to camp by race management. During each of the stages, only specified safety equipment and nutrition are required to be carried for that single stage’s use. An average day back will weigh a mere fraction of the weight carried by self supported athletes. Assisted participants’ main backpack will be transported from camp to camp by race management and will be available at the finish line of each stage. Main packs are limited to 1 bag with a maximum weight of 30 pounds.

What does Multi-Stage Mean?

The race is broken down into several “stages”. The Vegas Valley Voyage runs one stage per day. Each stage is a specified distance, from point A to point B covering a variety of terrain and fabulous vistas. Participants are timed from their assigned start time of each stage, to their completion of each individual stage. While relaxing around camp and overnight they are “off the clock”. The participants’ stage times will then be added together for their net total time to complete the race.

What is life around camp like?

Life around camp is a large part of what makes these races so special. Our mobile camp sets up, breaks down, and moves daily, providing you unique areas to soak in the vast and varied landscapes of the Mojave Desert.

Camp consists of multi-person (mixed gender) sleeping tents, start/ finish line and timing system, portable toilets, changing tents, medical area, hot water for individual meal preparation, tables and chairs to eat, rest, relax, and socialize. We’ll also provide some entertainment options to foster interaction among us all and facilitate athletes getting to know each other, forming life long friendships.

In addition to your drinking water ration received at the finish line of each stage, athletes are also provided a bathing ration to be used at the athlete’s discretion for their hygiene needs.

What are Water Rations?

Water is provided to the participants during the race as follows:

  • Drinking water at Camp 1 (night before the start of the race) and hot water for individual meal preparation.
  • 1.5L or ~48 ounces drinking water to start stage 1.
  • 1.5L or ~48 ounces drinking water at every checkpoint along the course (approximately every 6 miles). This may be increased to up to 2.5L per race management’s discretion on site given course and weather conditions. So you are never carrying more water than roughly 6 miles worth.
  • ~4.5L drinking water at the finish line of each stage. This is your drinking water for the rest of the day, through the night, the next morning and through to the first checkpoint of the following stage.
  • ~30 ounces “bathing” ration for your hygiene needs. You’ll be provided a small bucket/ bowl (please return) with a scoop of water for you to use as a “bird bath”. This will be available at the campsites after stages 1- 5.
  • Hot water will be available at each campsite for individual meal preparation until 10pm each night, and for 1.5 hours each morning prior to the start of each stage.
  • Drinking water for the drive back to Las Vegas from the finish line.

** Please note that minor changes may be made to stage specific and overall mileage.