Grand Canyon Half Marathon
June 15, 2019 | 9:00 AM
Big Saddle, North Kaibab Plateau, AZ
Enjoy a trail race for all skill levels through the majestic Kaibab National Forest just outside the North entrance to Grand Canyon National Park! Spend the rest of the weekend making new memories at the Grand Canyon.
Date: Saturday June 15, 2019
Location: Big Saddle, Kaibab Plateau, AZ
Start Time: 9:00am –1:00 pm
Weather: 35 – 82°F
Course Type: Loop
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No
Friday June 14, 2019, from 1-6pm
Jacob Hamblin Park - Kanab, UT
Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options.
Registration Periods & Pricing
Early: $109 Dec. 7 – Jan. 20
Regular: $134 Jul. 21 – Apr. 21
Late: $159 Apr. 22 – Race Expo
Refunds available during Early Registration (no fee) and Regular Registration ($10 fee).
Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer available during all registration periods ($20 fee).
Travel & Other Info
To celebrate the 100 year Anniversary, runners will get a unique opportunity to see canyon views from the north rim! The course takes runners through the forest before revealing breathtaking views of Crazy Jug Point, and Monument Point! A good majority of this course will run on fire service roads (double track dirt roads) within the North Kaibab National Forest. The terrain is runnable, but please note that this is a trail run and runners will either be running on dirt roads, or semi-rocky trails. It's a beautifully brutal course with some breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon!
Half Marathon Aid Stations
At our road half marathons our aid stations typically start at mile 3 and are every other mile after that with a bonus aid station around mile 12. They are not always right at the mile marker so check your race guide to find out where they will be exactly. Our 5K races typically have a single aid station midway through the race.
You can find toilets, water, Go Gnarly electrolyte drink and Honey Stinger gels at every aid station. Usually around mile 7 and 11 we'll have cut fruit and bananas.
At every aid station we'll have basic first aid supplies, and we normally station our EMT's near mile 7.
Our road half marathons and 5Ks are cup-free. That means we will not have disposable cups available for you to use. When you register you will have the option to receive a free hydrapouch with your registration or you can use you own hydration system.
Registration is now open!
Early: Dec. 7 – Jan. 20
Regular: Jan. 21 – Apr. 21
Late: Apr. 22 – Race Expo
*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner
Bib & Packet Pickup
Bib Pickup » You have 3 options for picking up your bib:
1. Pickup at the expo (recommended) ID required
2. Pickup at the start line ID required
3. Mailed 2 weeks before the race ($20)
Bring Your Own Bag » In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste we encourage you to bring your own bag to hold your bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up at the race exp.
Race Shirts » If you're unhappy with the fit of your race shirt, or couldn't order the size you wanted we'll host a shirt exchange at the finish line on race day. Note that sizes and quantities will be limited.
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Traveling to the Grand Canyon
Where to Stay
We recommend looking for lodging in Kanab, UT. There are plenty of lodging and restaurant options, and it's the same city where the expo will take place. If you are planning to go to the park after the race, the North Rim Jacob Lake has some places to stay, or you can look at options within the National Park.
Please Note: The race location is very remote. Please plan accordingly with the time it will take to travel regardless of where you are staying. Please keep in mind this race takes place on the North Rim side of the Grand Canyon, not Tusayan (South Rim) where the Grand Canyon Half Marathon used to take place.
Where to Fly
If you're flying to the area keep in mind you will still have a drive ahead of you. We recommend first looking to fly in to St. George (SGU), Las Vegas (LAS), or Flagstaff (FLG).
Driving to the Race
Self-Drive: The drive from Kanab to the race start (at Big Saddle Point) will take about 2 hrs. 20 min. on forest service roads. We will provide more detailed driving directions as we get closer to the event.
Shuttle: We will also have a shuttle option to take runners to the race and back to Kanab after the race, if they choose. Runners taking a shuttle will need to be loaded by 6:00 am at the Jacob Hamblin Park.
The race takes place in a remote area called Big Saddle Point in the Kaibab National Forest. You may either drive your own vehicle to the race or catch a shuttle from Kanab (where the expo will take place). Either way, it's a drive that will take close to 2.5 hours. If you are driving, please leave early for the race as it may take awhile to park all of the cars at the start line area. We recommend departing by 6:15 am to be parked in time for the race. Here's a tentative schedule of events:
5:30 am - Parking lot in Kanab opens
6:00 am – Runners taking the shuttle to start must be loaded
6:30 am – Shuttles depart for start line
7:30 am – First prize raffle (every 5 minutes)
8:30 am – Last call for bib pickup / Pacers line up
8:45 am – Runners line up / Last call for gear check
8:55 am – National Anthem
9:00 am – RACE STARTS!
11:45 am – Awards Ceremony
Race finishers will receive a finisher medal, a food box (filled with snacks), a banana, and a chocolate milk. We welcome runners and spectators to gather at the finish line to take pictures, hang out and make friends for a while, and then we encourage you to go explore Grand Canyon National Park!
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