Half Marathons in Utah
With spring (finally) upon us, newbie runners and long time marathoners alike are starting to gear up for a great season of half marathons in Utah. Utah has some of the most beautiful spring scenery that a runner could wish for, and a variety of full and half marathons throughout the state. If you’re looking for a nice way to train for a bigger marathon, or if you’re just thinking a half marathon is more your speed, you’re in luck – with the variety of half marathons throughout the state, there’s very likely one close by.
There are many good reasons to run a half marathon instead of or even before running a full marathon. Half marathons require less preparation, and are easier to recover from than full marathons. They are a great way to train for longer distances, and are more challenging than 5K and 10K distances. Maybe you’re not really a runner, but like the bragging rights that come along with doing a half marathon and the fun of enjoying the pleasant scenery while burning some calories.
Whatever your reasons, we’re making it easier for you to find your ideal half marathon by gathering up a list of some fan favorites. And these are only a few of the vast number of marathons going on throughout the state! Make sure to register for your races early to ensure that you get a spot, and that you get the best pricing available.
June 10, 2017
This spring, embrace the beauty of Utah Valley’s great outdoors in a big way. The Utah Valley Half takes place on June 10 this year, and starts in Provo Canyon. A Utah favorite each year, the Utah Half will take you along the scenic US 189 highway, bringing you right up close to the beautiful Utah mountains. The marathon will run through downtown Provo and end in front of the Historical Provo Tabernacle that is now the stunning LDS Provo City Center Temple.
The day of the race, buses will transport participants from the Provo City Center Mall to the starting line. There will be aid stations throughout the course providing participants with Gatorade and water, as well as snacks at select stations. Restrooms are also available and they are scattered along the course. Music will be playing throughout the whole trail to get you pumped up and excited!
All participants receive a free t-shirt as well as prizes from Sierra West, and everyone who finishes the race within four hours will receive a medal. Want some swag that comes with bragging rights? The top five finishers in each age division get an award, and the top five men and women receive prize money. This race is USATF sanctioned and certified, and is a Boston Qualifier.
Registration is limited to 2,500 participants, and ticket prices will get more expensive the closer it gets to race day, so register today! All proceeds from the marathon go to charity. Missed the cut off? We have 50 additional positions on our VIP list, which includes dinner the night before with our symposium guest speaker, a guaranteed spot on the last bus to the marathon, and no wait in line for your packet.
July 9, 2016
The Bryce Canyon Half Marathon runs right through Bryce Canyon National Park, a national treasure that boasts impressively towering rock formations and beautiful open skies. The race begins in Bryce City and ends in Cannonville, following a gradual descent through the course of the race. Participants will have three hours to complete the race, after which the roads will be reopened. A cash prize of $3,000 will be divided between the top five male and female runners at the conclusion of the race.
April 16, 2016
This less demanding version of the Salt Lake City Marathon takes runners on a gentle downhill slope through the mountains. Participants receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal that features some of Salt Lake City’s most iconic landmarks. The festival at the finish line will have refreshments for the runners, and professional event timing will provide runners a way to track their success. Register early to get the best pricing on tickets.
April 23, 2016
Looking for a marathon in southern Utah? This scenic route will take you from Highland Park in Washington, Utah to Bloomington Park in St. George, Utah. The latter part of the course will follow the Virgin River Trail, a comfortable paved trail with a beautiful view. Restrooms and refreshments will be available at the starting lines and busses will pick up participants at Bloomington Park to bring them to the starting line between 5:30 and 6:00 am.
Aid stations throughout the course will provide participants with water and Gatorade, and some will have porta potties. All runners will receive a t-shirt, and all runners who finish in less than three and a half hours will receive a medal. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division, and the top five men and women will receive prize money. Registration is limited to the first 1,700 participants, so register soon!
Whether this is your first half marathon or your 50th, we’re excited to see you at the Utah Valley Half, and at many of the other half marathons throughout our great state. Be sure to register early, because space is limited for many of these great races!