Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts

Enjoy outdoor fitness events in east-central Nevada


The Ely Outdoor Enthusiasts' mission is to encourage people to be active and lead healthy lifestyles  through fitness events that raise funds for community-wide wellness while promoting tourism in White Pine County, Nevada.


Take it to the Lake

Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 10K, & Kids Fun Run

September 15, 2018


Both the half marathon and 10K are one-way routes on the beautiful and scenic Success Loop and ending at Cave Lake State Park.  The half marathon is challenging yet rewarding!  It starts in Duck Creek Basin, climbs over Success Summit with a steady uphill climb for almost 7 miles and then all downhill to the finish line!  The half marathon relay has 2 legs.  Leg 1 starts in Duck Creek Basin and ends on Success Summit.  Leg 2 Starts on Success Summit and ends at Cave Lake State Park. The 10K starts at Success Summit and is ALL downhill!  Both the half marathon and 10K is on a dirt road until you enter Cave Lake State Park at the last half mile. There will be aid stations approximately every 2 miles with water, Gatorade, and an EMT.  There will be energy supplements provided at mile 6 for the half marathon.  Portable toilets will be at the start/finish and along the route.  This is a timed event.  All participants recieve a t-shirt and finisher medal.  Awards will be given to the top three male and female half marathon and 10K finishers.  All participants MUST ride the shuttle bus to the start.

The Kid's Fun Run is a one mile out and back for ages 5 to 12. Parents can run along side their kids and do not need to register for the race. There must be an adult accompanying their kid(s) before and after the event.  All kids will receive a goody bag, race t-shirt, bib number, and finishing medal.  Snacks and drinks will be provided at the finish line.  This is NOT a timed event.

End the event with a free post-race BBQ!


Half Marathon

Race Start: Duck Creek Basin

1,876 ft elevation gain (max elevation 9,096 ft)

Walkers: 7:00 AM

Runners: 7:30 AM


Prices Increase $20 on August 16!

Half Marathon Relay

Leg 1: Duck Creek Basin to Success Summit (~6.8 uphill miles)

Leg 2: Success Summit to Cave Lake State Park (~6.3 downhill miles)

Start (leg 1): 7:30 AM

*Relay starts at half marathon start location.  See shuttle bus information below for Leg 2 shuttle details.


Prices increase $20 on August 16!


Race Start: Success Summit

Walkers: 8:00 AM

Runners: 8:00 AM


Prices increase $20 on August 16!

Kids Fun Run (1 mile)

Race Start: Finish line at Cave Lake State Park

Start: 10:30


There will be same day registration for the Kids Fun Run only at Cave Lake State Park.  CASH ONLY.  


Shuttle Bus Information:

All half marathon, 10k, and leg 1 relay participants are requried to ride the shuttle bus to the starting locations. Please plan accordingly to not miss the bus shuttle! 

Shuttle Bus Departure Times:

Half Marathon and Leg 1 relay (both running and walking): 6:00 AM

10K (both running and walking): 6:30 AM

***Leg 2 Relay: A vehicle will shuttle you from Cave Lake State Park to Success Summit.  Please meet at the Cave Lake Finishing Area for your shuttle.  The relay shuttle will leave at 7:45 AM.  Please plan your drive time accordingly***

***This is the same shuttle that will return Leg 1 Relay participants to Cave Lake State Park***  



Shuttle Bus Location:

WPC High School

1800 Bobcat Dr.

Ely, NV 89301

There will be ONE shuttle to transport participants from Cave Lake State Park back to WPC High School if needed.  Departure time will be after BBQ, approximately noon.  

Packet Pickup

Friday, September 14th

Rack’s Bar and Grill Patio

753 West Aultman St.

Ely, NV 89301

5-7 pm

Race packets not picked up Friday evening will be taken to the starting line for all events. If you know that you are unable to make packet pickup on Friday please let us know at elyoutdoorenthusiasts@gmail.com.

Additional event information:

Aid Stations:  Aid stations are located approximately every 2 miles. All aid stations will have water, Gatorade and a trained EMT. The aid station at mile 6 will provide energy gu to participants. There will be an ambulance on site.

Participant Shuttle:  All participants for the half marathon and 10K must take the shuttle bus to start locations. The shuttle bus will leave sharp at the times indicated above.  There will be a shuttle from Cave Lake State Park back to the High School after the BBQ.  

Cave Lake State Park Parking:  It is prereferred that spectators park at the Cave Springs Loop trailhead parking lot, located at the turnout before the main state park entrance. There is a short walk up hill to the boat dock where all post-race events will take place.

Restrooms/Portable Toilets:  There are bathrooms or portable toilets at the start and finish line. There will also be 4 portable toilets along the route.

Timing: The 10K and the Half Marathon will use chip timing. Timing chips will be provided at packet pickup. All timing chips must be returned at the finish line!

Warm up clothes:  There will be a drop off for warm-up clothes at both the half marathon and 10K start locations.  The bags will be taken to the finish line for you.

No strollers or dogs are allowed on the course. 


Questions and Answers

1.  Where is Cave Lake?
Cave Lake is a state park about 8 miles southeast of Ely, Nevada.

2.  Why should I participate in this half-marathon?  Why not?

No, seriously, this is going to be one awesome race. The scenery is superb. We won't kid you, this is not the easiest half marathon out there. The average elevation is about 6,800 feet, which means there is a wee bit less oxygen than at sea level. 

3.  How long is the Take It To the Lake Half Marathon?
Like all half marathons, the Take It To The Lake Half Marathon is 13.1 miles.

4.  Can I walk the half-marathon?
Yes!  This race is for both walkers and runners.  Walkers will start at 7am.  There is no time limit for this years race.   

5.  What is the minimum age requirement?
The minimum age requirement is 12 years old.  Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to have parental consent when they register.  The Kid'
s Fun Run will be for five year olds and up.  

6.  What will the weather be like September 17?
In September, the average high is 80 F and night time average is 40 F.  Plan for it to be chilly for the start of the race.  See
NOAA website for additional weather and climate data.

7.  If it is cold, what should I do with my warm up clothes?
You can put your warm-up clothes in your participant race bag and leave it at the start. It will be waiting for you when you finish the race.

8.  When and where can I pick up my participant race bag?
All participants for the Half Marathon, 10K and the Kids Fun Run can pick up their participant race bags at Rack's Bar and Grill on
 Friday, Septmeber 16th, from 5-7pm.  They have great food and highly recommend staying for your pre-race dinner!

9.  Can I register the same day as the race?
YES and NO!  We are NOT going to allow same day registration for the Half Marathon or10K.  But we will allow same day registration for the Kid's Fun Run.  Registration for  the Kid's Fun Run will be at the start/finish line near the boat dock starting at 9:00 (also the Kids Fun Run start/finish).   We will only be accepting CASH! Also, we have limited number of t-shirts.  

10.  Can I run/walk with my dog?
No dogs or any other pets are allowed in the race.  

11.  Can I run/walk with a stroller?
No strollers are allowed in the race. 

12.  Can I run/walk with headphones?
Yes, but at your own risk.  The route will be open to traffic; however traffic will be minimal.  

13.  How will the race be timed?
Participants will acquire their re-usable chips when picking up race participant bags. You are responsible for remembering your chip race day.  We will not provide you with a new chip if you forget yours.  Chips MUST be returned upon crossing the finish line.

14.  Where are the aid stations and what will they have?
Aid stations will be located every two miles along the route.  Each aid station will have water, Gatorade, and a trained medic.  At the halfway point, we will supply energy supplements.  

15.  Will there be portable toilets and where?
There will be 4-8 portable toilets along the route, with pit toilets also at the start and finish.  

16.  I got injured, pregnant, called out of town unexpectedly and can't make the race, can I receive a refund? 
There are NO REFUNDS!

17.  If I still have questions, who should I contact?
After reading this entire page and you still don't have your question answered, please send an email to elyoutdoorenthusiasts@gmail.com


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