Utah Valley Marathon Race Week Info
2024 Race Day Info for All Athletes
Last updated: September 14, 2023
PACKET PICK-UP: FRIDAY, May 31
Packet pick-up will be held inside the Utah Valley Convention Center (UVCC) on Friday, May 31 between 10:00 A.M. and 8:30 P.M. The Convention Center is located at 220 W Center Street, Provo, 84601. Each runner must present a valid photo ID or a copy of their confirmation email in order to pick-up their bib, timing chip, and race shirt.
UTAH VALLEY MARATHON EXPO & SYMPOSIUM: FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd
The annual marathon symposium will be held between 3:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. inside the main exhibit hall at the Utah Valley Convention Center (UVCC). The symposium is open to runners and non-runners alike. Details about the speakers are listed at: https://www.utahvalleymarathon.com/utah-valley-marathon-info/provo-marathon-symposium
The runners’ expo will be packed with lots of great vendors focused on athletes and their interests. Admission to both the expo and the symposium is free.
We are excited to welcome back RunSum Race Services as our official timer. RunSum uses disposable timing chips. The chip will be attached to the back of your bib. Make sure you do not fold or alter your bib if you wish to receive an official time. Please wear your bib on the front for photography and timing purposes.
Your official time will start as you pass the start line and stop as you cross the finish line. Do not trade bibs or chips with other athletes. Bibs are valid only for the distance they were purchased. Only the runner registered for that number may run the race. Bandits and runners participating under someone else’s name will be removed from the course.
FRIDAY 5K , June 2nd
At 7:45 P.M., the 5K will start and finish on the road in front of the Vivint Corporate Office at the Riverwoods in Provo located at 4931 N 4931 W. There is no transportation provided for the 5K. Parking is available at the Imagine Learning building located at 382 Park Circle, north of the Vivint Office. There will be overflow parking available at the UCCU lot, south of the Vivint Office.
While running, be careful of traffic. Those participating in the Triple Medal Challenge will receive their 3rd medal on Saturday, after they have run both distances. These medals will be found at the orange tent at the finish line on Saturday. This is also where you will receive your FREE Polaroid that can be inserted into your bonus medal.
Please plan on taking an early bus. Our marathon and half-marathon races will start at 6:00 A.M., and not everyone will be able to ride the last bus. There will be NO BUSSING FROM HEBER CITY in 2023. Please plan on being bussed from Provo. Runners are not allowed to be dropped off at the starting lines.
Full marathon load one block north of the Provo Marriott at the corner of 200 N and 200 W. ONLY FULL-MARATHONERS will be allowed on these buses; this bus does NOT go to the half-marathon starting line. The first marathon bus leaves at 3:10 A.M., and the last bus leaves at 4:15 A.M.
A parking map for downtown Provo is available in your race guide. When parking, please ensure that you do not park in a restricted or prohibited area. Parking and towing fees, as well as traffic tickets, are your responsibility.
Half-marathon loads at the Provo Towne Centre Mall located at 1200 Towne Centre Boulevard, Provo, UT 84601 (northeast side of the mall), on the perimeter road surrounding the parking lot. ONLY HALF-MARATHONERS will be allowed on these buses; this bus does NOT go to the full marathon starting line. Course changes are requiring wave starts at the half marathon. About half of you have not yet indicated your estimated finish time, IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO, PLEASE DO SO NOW USING THIS LINK! We need this by Monday, May 15. Half marathon buses will be assigned to you soon based on your wave start time. You may park anywhere within the mall parking lot that is not reserved or blocked off. After you complete your half-marathon, we will have buses available to take you back to the Provo Towne Centre Mall and your car. Those buses will be parked on 100 S, one block south of the finish area. The buses make continuous trips back to the mall until 11:30 A.M.
10K loads at the Provo Towne Centre Mall located at 1200 Towne Centre Boulevard, Provo, UT 84601. The bus pick-up will be on the northeast side of the mall, on the perimeter road surrounding the parking lot. The first 10K bus leaves at 5:15 A.M., and the last bus leaves at 6:10 A.M. sharp. The 10K race will start at 7:00 A.M. After you complete your 10K, we will have buses available to take you back to the Provo Towne Centre Mall and your car. Those buses will be parked on 100 S, one block south of the finish area. The buses make continuous trips back to the mall until 11:30 A.M.
Busing is NOT required for the Kids’ Free 1K.
There is ABSOLUTELY NO parking or private drop-offs at the starting lines for either the full or half-marathon. Any cars found parked at either starting line will be towed by local law enforcement.
There will be water and Powerade. There will be fire pits to help runners stay warm before the race.
Both the half-marathon and the marathon starting lines will have bag drops (this is not available at the 10K). Your expo goodie bag doubles as a gear drop bag; please bring it with you to the starting line if you intend to drop-off a bag. Each bib will have a bag tag that you can tear off and zip tie to your gear bag. The vans that take your belongings to the finish leave about 25 minutes before the race starts.
While we take the utmost care with all items left at the gear drop areas, DO NOT put valuable or expensive items like cameras, car or house keys, cell phones, money, watches/jewelry, expensive clothing, GPS devices, or otherwise in the gear drop bags. We cannot be held liable for lost, or damaged items.
Clothing bags not picked-up on race day will be donated to a local charity. Items left anywhere along the route will be donated to a local charity.
There will be pacers for the full marathon for each Boston Qualifying time provided by American Flyers Race Pacers. The Utah Race Pacers will be pacing the half-marathon distance. If you are interested in following a pacer, you will find pacers at the starting line. They will be carrying signs indicating the time in which they will finish the race (hours and minutes). There is no need to sign-up, just find the correct pacer and introduce yourself.
Portable bathrooms will be located at the start, finish, and every two miles along the full and half-marathon course (beginning at mile 3 for the marathon).
The aid stations will be located every 2 miles throughout the marathon and half-marathon course (for the marathon they begin at mile 3). Every aid station will be equipped with water and Powerade electrolyte drink.
GU sport gels will be at miles 7, 13 & 19.4 for the full marathon. Sport gels will be located at mile 6.4 for the half marathon.
Marathon miles 11, 15, 21 & 24 will be equipped with bananas and oranges. For the half-marathon, fruit will be at miles 2, 8 & 11.
Food or gel will be located on the first table. Powerade electrolyte drink will be on the second table (first table if no food or gel), and water will be on the final table of each aid station.
Our full marathon course has been certified by USATF and can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Each mile on the full marathon, half-marathon, and 10K courses will be marked. There will be a clock at the full marathon halfway point and at the finish line.
Each turn will be clearly marked by a sign and staffed by law enforcement or a uniformed volunteer. Please obey their instructions; they are there for your protection and safety.
COURSE TIME LIMIT
The marathon & half marathon course will be closed at 12:30 P.M. All full marathon runners must maintain a pace of 13:44/mile that enables them to cross the finish line no later than 12:30 P.M. Runners falling behind this time will be required to move to the side of the road or sidewalk and obey standard traffic laws such as stopping at stoplights and intersections. We will have vehicles to pick up runners that are unable to finish the race.
All runners must exit Provo Canyon and be past the 800 North overpass no later than 11:30 A.M.
Aid stations will close at 12:15 P.M.
FULL AND HALF-MARATHON CHEERING LOCATIONS
There are many locations to cheer the runners along University Avenue in Provo. We discourage people from standing anywhere in the Canyon as you will put yourself and others in danger. Even though the two Wasatch County bound lanes will be diverted for our race, the canyon is still open to traffic, so please do not put yourself, the athletes, or drivers in the canyon at risk.
KIDS’ 1K FUN RUN
The Kids’ 1K Fun Run will start at 11:30 AM. The starting line will be on Center Street, just east of the finish line. The kids will finish across the same line as the marathoners, half-marathoners, and 10K runners.
Parents do NOT need to register to run with their children; however, parents may run with their children if they wish.
Strollers MUST start at the BACK of the Kids’ 1K Fun Run
The timing company will have a results kiosk in the finishing area so that runners can check their final time.
Results will also be posted to our website as quickly as possible. Please keep checking back to the Utah Valley Marathon website.
If you qualify for the Boston Marathon this year on our course, make sure that you pick-up a Boston Qualifier shirt while at our event. We do NOT mail these shirts, so remember to pick-up your shirt at the orange tent in the finish area if you earn one!
If you earn one of our CLOSER plaques for running the second half of the race faster than the first half in either the full or half marathon, make sure to pick up your award at the orange marathon tent. We will not mail these awards. Bring your results receipt from the timing tent to show your negative split and we will give you the award right away.
After you set your personal record, be sure to hit the PR GONG. If it is your first marathon, half marathon, or 10K this will be your “PR”, so hit the Gong.
MARATHON AWARDS CEREMONY
The awards for the Friday 5K race will be held in front of the Vivint Corporate Offices, near the start/finish line. The awards ceremonies for all three Saturday race distances will be held on the Utah County Courthouse grounds by the flag poles, adjacent to the finish line. Awards will NOT be mailed, so please be in attendance if you expect to win an award.
Overall and Masters’ awards will be based on gun time per USATF rules. Age group awards will be based on chip times. Awards Ceremony Times:
5K – 8:25 P.M. (Friday night)
10K – 8:45 A.M.
Half-marathon – 9:15 A.M.
Full marathon – 10:30 A.M.
There will not be any massage therapists at the finish area, unless a vendor comes with them as a part of their booth.
While the Utah Valley Marathon does not prohibit music players or earphones, we encourage you to keep the music low enough, or use only one earbud, so that you can hear instructions from course marshals, volunteers, and uniformed law enforcement, as well as hear other runners that may be passing you from behind.
Music loud enough to be heard by your fellow runners can be both distracting and irritating. Please use courtesy and common sense when setting your music volume.
Text alerts will be sent to the cell phone number you specified during registration. The alerts will be sent as you run along various checkpoints along the route. This service is only available to the marathon and half marathon participants. Marathon participant alerts will be sent out at the halfway point, mile 19.55 and the finish. The half marathon participant alerts will be sent out at mile 6.55 and the finish.
Our race doesn’t exist without our volunteers. If you have friends or family that aren’t running, but want to be part of the experience, encourage them to volunteer. If you know someone that may be interested, they can volunteer by registering at: https://www.utahvalleymarathon.com/volunteer-registration
Finally, if you’re participating in our race, you’ve benefited from the generosity of a volunteer. While we take every opportunity to thank them ourselves, please help us out and tell the volunteers what a great job they’re doing. We firmly believe we have the best volunteers in the world and they deserve to hear it often!