Saturday, Apr 4, 2020

Escape From Prison Hill

Silver Saddle Ranch

Carson City, NV 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K

This Event Took Place Sat. Apr 4, 2020

Cancelled Event



Hello everyone!

As things continue to unfold with COVID-19, it is of paramount importance to ensure the safety of the public and not increase the risk of exposure and spread of the virus. The CDC’s recommendation calls for the cancellation of all events or gatherings with attendance of 50 people or more. I have decided to adhere to the recommendations of the CDC and cancel Escape from Prison Hill this year. For all those who have registered for this year’s race, your registration will be deferred to 2021. I apologize for any inconvenience, but the overall health and safety of the public is the priority at this time. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and healthy!

Welcome to 2020 EFPH!!!

Same great (hard) courses, same great prices!!! We are still a CUPLESS race! This means that there will be no cups at aid stations, but we are offering a free Hydro Pouch to the FIRST 90 runners who pick up their bib!! This also means that we are requiring all half marathon runners to carry, at minimum, a handheld bottle. We will be providing community water bottles at each aid station for runners to drink water and electrolyte drink. We will also have community cups for soda. BUT we encourage all runners to bring their own collapsible cup!!!

EFPH Trail Races

This half marathon offers all of the winding single track, scenic vistas and about 3000' of elevation gain, all packed into a challenging 13 miles. There is a fair amount of climb in this race so make sure you have some hill training under your belt.

CUTOFFS (averaging 17:15/mile pace) will be in effect at:

Snyder AS (7 miles)-- 2 hours
Base Camp AS (9 miles)-- 2h 45m
Summit AS (10.5 miles)-- 3h 20m.

With that said, the first 7 miles feature the climb up Dead Truck (about 1.5 miles with 750' feet of gain), then over to North Loop (3ish miles of cruising single track with run-able climb and descent), then the last 2+ miles to Snyder starts with a downhill to a single track with a slight, steady uphill grade before some nice downhill relief to the aid station.

The South End (miles 7-10.5) is where the majority of the climb is in this race (about 1400' ft). Here you will find South Climb, aka the False Summit Climb, and The Pacifier. The grade ranges from 10-32%, but there are spots on this part of the course that have significant downhill too. We will have aid stations at mile 9 and 10.5. The last 2.5 miles has a mostly downhill profile (there is one last spot that you climb for about .3 miles before a downhill descent to the finish).

Even though we have aid stations at mile 2.5, 5, 7, 9, and 10.5, we are requiring everyone bring, at minimum, a water bottle that holds at least 20 oz. With varying temperatures in April, we always make sure that everyone has what they need on their person at all times.

This course might be one of the more difficult 10K races with a challenging 900' climb up Dead Truck right from the start, a nice cruise along the North Loop, and a nice, soft descent to the finish when your legs are tired! There is an overall gain 1600' over the 10K so bring your low gear! There is a 1-hour cutoff at the first aid station. If you don't make it to the Boy Scouts within 1 hour (mile 2.5), you will be turned around.

The 5K course will be slightly revamped and features over 700' of elevation to get significant trail and hill time beginners can really use. Now, all 5K runners will pass Dead Truck and turnaround at the top and head back to the finish on a nice, soft, sandy descent. This course is bound to give a new trail runner some confidence!

For all three races, be sure to spot the iconic dead truck as you work your way up Dead Truck Canyon!

Race directors: contact the RD for a non-transferable comped entry.


Half Marathon
$60 (Through March 14th)
$65 (As of March 15th)
$70 (As of March 29th)
$80 (Race Day)

$30 (Through March 14th)
$35 (As of March 15th)
$40 (As of March 29th and Race Day)

$40 (Through March 14th)
$45 (As of March 15th)
$50 (As of March 29th)
$60 (Race Day)


THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON REGISTRATION!!! However, the RD may - at his/her discretion - move forward a registration to the following year.


All finishers of all distances will receive a finishers medal! The top male and female finisher in each distance will receive special award!

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will occur on RACE DAY starting at 6:30am!!!

Triple Trail Challenge Half Marathon Series

The Escape From Prison Hill Half Marathon is the second of 3 in a half marathon trail series. The other runs in the series include Carson Canyons Half Marathon in Carson City and the Silver State Half Marathon in Reno. Runners who complete all 3 races will receive a special finishers award.
Carson Canyons -
Silver State Half -

Local time: 9:38 PM


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