Its true you will probably be sore after the race in March, but if you come to Zion and leave without hiking Angels Landing, you are robbing yourself. The hike takes about 5 hours. For a fit runner, you can be up and back in 2-3. For a sore runner, it might take you as long as 6 hours total. Angels Landing is a classic hike, and is one of my personal favorites. The route gains almost 1500 feet in elevation over 2.5 miles, and the last 1/2 mile section requires you to hold on to chains.
It is not for the faint of heart, or those afraid of heights. I have seen kids up there, but I would not take anyone under 14 up with me. From the top you can relax and see in both directions of the canyon and take in really unbelievable views.
It is an agressive hike for after the race, but it is absolutely worth it, so here is the deal. Any runner who sends me a picture of you, your bib and your finisher medal in plain view from the top of Angels Landing within 72 hours of the race, will join the Angels Club and will forever be immortalized on our website. Not only that but you will get 50% off the next year’s registration.
We hope you take the time to really see Zion either before or after the race.