Cedar Breaks at Night

Half Marathon

This challenging high elevation run near Cedar Breaks National Monument and up to Brian Head Peak after dark is the perfect way to experience the Perseid Meteor Shower. Escape above the city lights with mixed trail and pavement beneath your feet and meteors dancing in the night sky - the views are out of this world!
  • Location: Brian Head, UT
  • Date: August 12-13, 2022 
  • Terrain: Mixed
  • Difficulty: Difficult

August 12-13, 2022

Brian Head, UT



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Start Times

First Wave: 7:00 pm (MST) Aug. 12th*

Last Wave: 6:00 am (MST) Aug. 13th

*Rolling Wave Starts: Runners will sign up to run their half marathon during a specific wave time. Beginning at 7 pm on Friday, a new wave will begin every half hour until 6 am Saturday morning.

Location & Bib Pickup

Start/Finish Line:

Giant Steps Ski Lodge & Lifts

Brian Head, UT

Race day parking is located at this site. Runners will ride a ski lift to the start line!

There will be no expobut you can pick up your bib near the start line just before your start time (up to 30 minutes before your time slot)

The Course

Weather: 73°/42°F

Terrain: This is a high-elevation mixed terrain course with pavement, trail, and dirt road.

Curious about preparing for a high altitude run? Check out Active at Altitude's blog post for tips

Strollers allowed? No

Disability Friendly? No

Dogs allowed? No

We've planned this race to give you the best of two worlds - discovering the beauty of Cedar Breaks by day and witnessing the magic of the Perseid Meteor Shower by night. This is a night race, so please practice caution while out on the course.

  • Headlamps are required on course! Please plan to bring your own to the race.

Welcome to Cedar Breaks

Meet our latest race location - Cedar Breaks. This area is a stunning mix of lush cedar forest and rolling hills that lead to the jaw-dropping Cedar Breaks amphitheater.


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- We are a cup-free event! Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course.

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Cedar Breaks at Night Details

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Course Details

Rolling Wave Start: 7:00 pm Friday, August 12 - 6:00 am Saturday, August 13

Start Staging/Finish Location: Giant Steps Ski Lodge & Lifts Brian Head, UT

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)

All runners will have 4 hours to finish the entire race from the time they start their run. This is an 18.5 min mile - plenty of time for walkers! 

Course Description and Maps

This is a challenging trail run at high altitude. The temperature will be cooler, the air will be thinner, and the night sky will be clearly visible under the Perseid Meteor Shower. Runners will start at the main parking lot at Giant Steps Ski Lodge & Lifts where they will ride a ski lift chair to the start line at just under 11,000ft above sea level. The course begins on a well groomed trail that climbs about 600ft up to Brian Head Peak.

At about mile 3.5 runners will pass their first aid station and then hop onto pavement temporarily as they run a mile out and back to Brian Head Peak which overlooks Cedar Breaks National Monument and will give the best view of the night sky and the meteor shower.

Runners will return to the trail, passing the same aid station again around mile 5. The next 3 miles the course are fairly level with some rolling ups and downs. This trail portion is a little more technical with some single track and loose rock. From about mile 7.5 to 11 is a steady downhill. At about mile 8.5 the course becomes less technical and is more like a dirt road which descends the mountain and wraps around back into town where it ends back at the ski lodge parking lot. There will be a final aid station nearing mile 10.

*Note: Due to the ski lift at the start and loose rock section of this course, strollers are not allowed.

satellite map of the course with marked miles

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elevation chart showing a gain of 1,053 feet

Curious about preparing for a high altitude run? Check out Active at Altitude's blog post for tips

The elevation on this course is challenging, but still accessible. The course is mainly flat or downhill, which is a benefit. Just be sure to increase your hydration and take a look at the altitude tips in the blog above!

Time Limit
All runners will have 4 hours to finish the race. That is an 18 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers! If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events.

Course Records
This is an inaugural event - join us to set the course records! Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record!

Aid Stations at Cedar Breaks

Expect 3 aid stations on the course at around mile 3, 5, and 10. Keep in mind, the exact location of each aid station may vary. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. 

All stations are cup-free so plan to bring your own hydration solution.

Additional Details

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Viewing the Perseids

Understanding the Perseids Meteor Shower

The Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteors are called the Perseids because the point from which they appear (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus.

The Perseid Meteor Shower will be active from 17 July to 24 August, producing its peak rate of meteors around 13 August. There will be a chance of seeing Perseid meteors whenever the shower's radiant point – in the constellation Perseus – is above the horizon, with the number of visible meteors increasing the higher the radiant point is in the sky.

From Brian Head the radiant point is circumpolar, which means it is always above the horizon and the shower will be active throughout the night. The radiant point (is highest in the sky) just before dawn. So although you should see meteors all night, the hours between midnight and sunrise will be when they are highest in the sky.

At this time, the Earth's rotation turns Brian Head to face optimally towards the direction of the incoming meteors, maximizing the number that rain vertically downwards, producing short trails close to the radiant point. At other times, there will be fewer meteors burning up over Brian Head, but those that do will tend to enter the atmosphere at an oblique angle, producing long-lived meteors that may traverse a wide area of the sky before completely burning up. 

The shower is expected to reach peak activity at around 20:00 MDT on 12 August 2022. During the peak the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour.

Choosing Your Start Time

With this race we have a wave start where we start a small group every 30 minutes. When you register you will select your start time. There is a lot to consider when choosing you start time! Your own energy levels at different times of the day/night, of course, but also all the astronomical events that will change your night running experience.

8:00 PM - Perseids expected to hit their peak - the sun is still up so they will not be visible.

8:27 PM - Sunset

9:26 PM - Moonrise

4:00 AM - 6:00 AM - Perseids will be highest in the sky

6:45 AM - Sunrise

Pro-tip: While headlamps are required on course, we recommend you turn them off briefly at a safe point on course to see the meteors in their full effect!

**Perseids will always be above the horizon in Brian Head and therefore visible depending on the darkness of the sky.

**Perseids radiant point is in the constellation Perseus which will be north of Cedar Breaks in the night sky.

**The evening of August 12th will be a full moon which will impact visibility of the milky way and the meteors. The best viewing of the meteor shower is a dark sky. Meteors will still be visible, but visibility will be reduced by the full moon.

No matter when you run it will be an amazing experience, either catching the beautiful sunset or sunrise, running under the moon and the meteors, etc. But if you're really wanting the best meteor show experience, I would target a start time that gets you to Brian Head Peak (about mile 4) close to 9pm.

Rules & Safety

Race Logistics:

• Runners may arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to their assigned start time, and can start no later than 30 minutes after their assigned start time. Each time wave will have a rolling start to help disperse runners.

• This is a cup free event. This race will have only 3 aid stations. Runners will need to bring their own form of hydration to refill. Reusable will NOT be offered.

• Due to the nature of this event and how start times are spread out through the night, we will not be offering photography at this race.

Safety Guidelines:

• A headlamp, flashlight or some sort of light is required. This race takes place at night! The course will be marked, but not lit. This is both for your safety and that of the other runners.

• When passing on course, do so with consideration and communication.

• Trail shoes aren't required, but highly recommended. There are technical parts of the trail with loose rock.

Bib Pickup (No expo!)

Bib Pickup

When you register, we ask you to indicate when you plan to pick up your bib. If your plans change, don’t worry about it. We only ask to help us plan in terms of numbers.

Option #1: Shipped Before the Race
There is a cost of $30 if you want to have your bib and shirt mailed to you. We do this as a convenience for runners not wanting to drive to the area early.

You can add a shipped bib to your registration until one month before the race by logging into RunSignup, clicking Manage Registration, and Add Ons.

Refunds: Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for our refund, deferment, or transfer options.

Option #2: At the Race
Since we have no expo at Cedar Breaks at Night, you can pick up your bib near the start line just before your race start time. Please do not come significantly early. You should plan to pick up your bib packet up to 30mins before your specific starting time.

No expo, but you can still get merch!

Although we won't have an expo the day before the race, you'll find our merchandise tent at the finish line. Stop by for inaugural race gear. We'll have a variety of swag from shirts and tanks to our favorite Hydro Flasks and everything in-between.

Race Schedule 

view from Brian Head peak of a cedar forest
Schedule Breakdown

All times listed are in MST

Note: Check back closer to the race date for a complete schedule!

Looking for when to pickup your bib? Plan to arrive at most 30 minutes before your start time in order to check in and warm up at the start line with hot chocolate and Summit Coffee.

Parking & Start Line Staging

Note: Check here the week of the race for a map of the parking and start line staging.

We will have plenty of parking to accommodate all of our runners. Runners will park at the lodge and then ride the ski lifts to the start line!

Start Line Parking

Giant Steps Ski Lodge & Lifts

Brian Head, UT

Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before your wave start time!

Drop Off 

Drop-offs will take place at the runner parking lot. Please drop your runner off promptly and exit the lot to avoid slowing down traffic.


Spectators are welcome, however, due to the remote nature of the event (and the fact that it will be nighttime...) we ask spectators to ONLY attend the start and finish line area to greet their runner. You'll be able to park at Giant Steps Ski Lodge & Lifts along with the runners.

Unsure how to spend your time during the race? Consider volunteering at the event to cheer on your runner while earning money towards a future race entry! You can sign up to volunteer via Runsignup.com once registration has opened.

We recommend downloading the RaceJoy app to track your runner's progress and send them cheers along the way! Once your runner has crossed the finish line, please exit the runner recovery area to avoid crowding. The beverages, supplies, and medical tent at the finish line are for runner use only - thank you!

Zero Waste

As nature lovers, we are committed to keeping our events sustainable and managing negative impacts on the environment. Our goal is to send less than one bag of actual “trash” to the landfill after each event. We have managed to meet this goal at events with over 3,000 participants!

Here's how you can help us:


Single-use plastic is a huge source of waste at any public event. We have reduced that impact by making our events "cup-free". 

What does that mean for you?

Coolers of Water and Gnarly Hydrate (electrolyte drink) are available at all aid stations, but cups will not be provided on course or at the finish line. In order to stay hydrated, we ask you to bring one of the following:

1. Reusable water bottle

2. Nathan reusable cup - These light-weight cups fold down so you can have them on-the-go. We will not have any at the race, so plan to bring your own!

3. Hydration pack - These are refillable backpacks meant for running that allow you to access fluid via a built-in straw.


You can help us reduce trash by sorting disposable items into the appropriate container. 

You’ll notice three containers at our events:

  • Compostables: Organic goods like banana peels and most food items (without the wrapper please!)
  • Recyclables: Paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel, and glass. Please dump out any liquids into the compost bin BEFORE recycling the container.
  • Everything Else: Non-recyclable food wrappers like from used gel packets and styrofoam. Please dump out any food matter BEFORE throwing away the container.

Please avoid putting organic waste and compostable items in the wrong bin. It gets gross to sort through.

Race Results and Photos

Race Results

Visit RunSignup for 2022 and future race results.

Because of the nature of our timing system for this event, results won't be instantly available. Please allow about 48 hours for us to get the results posted online.

Since start times will stretch through the night, we will not have an official awards ceremony. After the event, we will verify and mail out age group awards to the top 5 in each of the following age groups: 11 & under, 12-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up

Got questions about your placement? please email timing@runsum.com.


We do not offer free race photos for this event - the majority of the race takes place at night with steep elevation and difficult access. For that reason, we do not have a photographer on course taking participant photos.

Share your experiences with us! 
Be sure to use #CedarBreaksHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!

Race Merchandise

Exclusive Cedar Breaks at Night Half Marathon merchandise will be available near the finish line! When possible, we'll have race merch for sale in our online store after the race is over. Please allow time for us to add items online.

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