Utah Valley Marathon Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to ride the bus to the starting line?

Yes. There is not available parking at the starting line.

What time & where do I need to get on the bus?

The primary marathon bus pick-up is at 200 N 200 W, Provo UT 84601, just a block north of the Provo Marriot Hotel & Conference Center (101 West 100 North Provo, UT). The Provo Marriott is about two blocks from the finish line.

The first Marriott bus leaves at 3:15 A.M. and the last bus leaves at 4:15 A.M. There is NO half-marathon busing from the Marriott hotel. For half marathon bus pick click here.

Is this a Boston Marathon qualifier?

Yes. The Utah Valley Marathon is USATF sanctioned and certified. The certification code for the Utah Valley Marathon is: UT23003TJD. We also have a Boston Qualifier rewards program.

Where are the aid stations?

The aid stations will be at miles: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12.8, 15, 17.4, 19.4, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26.2. Each aid station will have both water and sports drink. Oranges and bananas will be provided at miles 11, 15, 21, and 24. Miles 7, 12.8 and 19.4 will be equipped with GU.

Where are good locations to cheer?

There are many good locations to cheer along University Avenue in Provo, and a few locations in the canyon with parking. If you choose to go cheer for your athletes in the canyon be very cautious of the runners and vehicles. The traffic is limited to one Provo bound lane, and may be difficult to cross. The parks we recommend for best spectating in the canyon include: Mount Timpanogos Park, Canyon Glen Park, Nunn’s Park & Deer Creek State Park.

Is the course chip timed?

Yes. Marathon runners will be timed with chips located on the back side of the bib numbers. It is required that your bib number remain on the front side of your shirt (preferably chest high), so that the antennas will read your chip properly. Please do not alter or fold your bib number in any way, so that your chip will be read. At the end of the race you may keep your timing chip.

Are there any discounts to hotels for marathon runners?

Yes. View the discount marathon hotels here: https://www.utahvalleymarathon.com/utah-valley-marathon-info/utah-marathon-accommodations. It is important to note that this property is not by the bus pick up location for the 10K or half marathon start. Participants in other distances have a different bus location and we have different recommended hotels for athletes that are not participating in the full marathon Click here for details.

What is the time limit for completing the Utah Valley Marathon?

Our new course goes through certain areas that cannot be shut down longer than what a six hour pace would allow. We must limit the course time to the six hour pace, and hope that the people that need a little slower pace join us in our half marathon that will remain open for the full six hours that the full marathon course is open.

Are wheelchairs and handcycles allowed?

Due to safety concerns wheelchairs & handcycles are no longer allowed in the full marathon. There is a wheelchair/handcycle division in the half marathon. We have added prize money to this new handcycle/wheelchair division. Learn more about handcycle/wheelchair awards in the half marathon division.

Are strollers allowed?

Due to safety concerns strollers are not allowed in the full marathon, half marathon, or 10K. Stroller are allowed in our 5K and FREE Kids 1k. Learn more about and register for our 5K and FREE Kids 1k here. 

Are the miles marked?

Yes. We will have signs at each mile.

What parts of Utah County does the marathon go through?

The marathon goes through Provo Canyon, past Bridal Veil Falls, a small part of Orem near the mouth of the canyon, and beautiful downtown Provo. See the marathon map for more information.

Is there a place I can drop off my sweats during the marathon?

Yes. At the starting line a truck will take items back to the finish. We highly recommend you put your items in a bag with your race number on it. This will help sort your items at the finish area. Clothing dropped at any other point along the course will be considered a donation to charity.

Where is packet pick-up, and when?

Packet pick-up will be inside the Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W. Center St., Provo) between 10:00 A.M. and 8:30 P.M. on Friday, May 31, 2024.

What is the average temperature on race day?

The average low is 53 and the average high is 85. Our early start time allows athletes to finish before the highest temperature of the day.

Remember to wear layers.  One suggestion is to buy a cheap throw away sweater at a discount store to wear for the first several miles and then toss on the side of the road when you don’t want to use it anymore.  All clothing dropped on the side of the road during the marathon will be donated to charity.