Grand Canyon Half Marathon
Big Saddle, North Kaibab Plateau, AZ | June 15, 2019 | 9:00 am
Celebrate Grand Canyon National Park's 100 year Anniversary
with a gorgeous North Rim race with canyon views!
Early $109 (Dec. 7 – Jan. 20)
Regular $134 (Jan. 21 – Apr. 21)
Late $159 (Apr. 22 – Race Expo)
*There are a limited number of entries and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.
Grand Canyon Half Marathon
Start: 9:00 am (Big Saddle Point, Kaibab Plateau)
The course starts and finishes at Big Saddle Point. To begin, the race runs south along a nice double track dirt Forest Service road. About a quarter mile into it, the road will fork. The runners will take a left at this fork.
The road will begin to climb subtly for the next half mile. Here is where runners will get their first Canyon View. The road then head south west toward Crazy Jug Point. Runners will hit the Crazy Jug junction at mile 2. From the junction, the course runs a short out-and-back to Crazy Jug Point. This turnaround point is the first Aid Station.
After leaving the Aid Station runners will return to the junction, turn left and come upon another junctions just 200 yards further down the road. Runners will take a right and run downhill toward the Start/Finish line. This is where the next Aid Station will be set up (about mile 3.6).
Runners will continue past the Start/Finish heading north for about a 1.5 miles. Runners will turn left and head in a west/Southwest direction. The next Aid Station will be at Mile 6. Runners are still running on a nice double track road at this point. The course starts to climb from here, and there is some significant climbing for the next 2.5 miles. The road is plenty wide throughout this section. Please make sure you are mindful of other runners that are looking to pass through here. The road tops out at about mile 8.4, and runners will come to another junction in the road.
We will have another Aid Station set up here where runners will hit twice during the race. After hitting the Aid Station the first time, runners will have a nice little downhill stretch toward Monument Point. There will be another Aid Station at the turnaround point which is at mile 10. There are also amazing Canyon Views from this location that you’re probably going to forgo any half marathon PR’s to get your camera out to take photos.
After the mile 10 Aid Station there is a nice climb back up to the junction. At the junction you will hit your last Aid Station at about mile 11.75. After passing through the junction, runner will have a final downhill descent all the way to the finish line at Big Saddle.
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!
2019 Course Map
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.
Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! Since this course is an entirely new course, there are no standing course records. The 2019 race is anyone's game.
At our 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 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.
Bib & Packet Pickup
When you register, we'll ask you to indicate when you plan to pick up your bib. If you plans change, don’t worry about it. We only ask to help us plan in terms of numbers.
Your choices to pick up your packet are:
Option #1: Race Expo (recommended)
When: Friday, June 14th, 1pm–6pm (bibs available until 7pm)
Where: Jacob Hamblin Park, Kanab, UT (map)
We’ll have our race expo on June 14th in Kanab, UT at the Jacob Hamblin Park. The expo will start at 1pm! Vendors will be there until 6pm, but you'll be able to pick up your bib until 7pm.
Please plan on coming and spending some time at the expo. We’ll also have our merchandise tent set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi, check out some vendors, eat a s'more, etc. Don't forget to bring your ID.
Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
When: Saturday, June 15th, 9am–1pm
Start/Finish Line: Big Saddle Point (map)
We will provide limited race morning packet pickup. With the race start in the morning and the additional travel time to get to the race location, having to worry about getting your bib on race morning will only add unneeded stress to your life. However, we understand that sometimes it just can't be avoided. If it can be avoided, please do not pick your packet up the morning of the race.
Bib pickup on race morning will be right next to the starting line. Be sure to pick up your bib before 8:00 am. The race starts promptly at 9:00 am. Don't forget to bring your ID.
Option #3: Shipped To You (US residents only)
There is a cost of $20 if you want to have your bib and shirt mailed to you. We do this as a convenience for runners not wanting to or unable to make it to the expo. This option is only available BEFORE the final price jump. All runners who choose this option will get their bib and race shirt mailed to them 1-2 weeks before the race.
NOTE: Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for our refund, deferment, or transfer options.
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 expo.
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.
Getting to the Expo
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).
Getting to the Race
UPDATE: The shuttles to the race are now full!
Shuttle: Runners have the option to sign up to take a shuttle from Kanab to the race as well as back to Kanab after the race. Runners taking a shuttle will need to be loaded by 6:00 am at the Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT on Saturday, June 15th. The shuttle is a convenient way to get to and from the race without worrying about driving and parking. This shuttle option is only for runners (no spectators).
Self-Drive: The drive from Kanab to the race start (at Big Saddle Point) takes close to 2.5 hrs. on Forest Service roads. GPS navigation may not be reliable, but we will mark/put up signs at any major turns. We encourage you to arrive early to avoid the long caravan of cars heading out. We recommend departing by 6:15 am to be parked in time for the race.
Parking is tight near the race. Those who drive may have to walk a distance from where they park to the start/finish line. We encourage runners to either carpool with other runners, or to sign up for the shuttle to avoid congestion.
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.
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're 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 (keep in mind you will will want to look for lodging in the north rim of the Grand Canyon).
Additional Hotel Options
We've partnered with Booking.com to search for the best hotel options in the area. Check them out below!
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!
Parking & Shuttles
There will be a few areas near the race start where runners will be directed to park. Parking is limited so we suggest carpooling. Depending on how quickly spots fill up when you arrive, there may be a short walk to the start line when you get to the Big Saddle Point area.
For those of you who signed up for the race shuttle, runners will park their vehicle at Jacob Hamblin Park in Kanab, UT. After the race, runners will be shuttled back to their vehicles in Kanab. All runners taking the shuttle to the race must be loaded by 6:00 am.
Note: All shuttle slots are now FULL. If you did not reserve a shuttle spot, you will need to plan on driving or car-pooling to the race.
Runners can be dropped off at the park in Kanab to catch a shuttle to the race. Runners need to be dropped off no later than 5:55 am, as all runners taking the shuttle to the race must be loaded by 6:00 am.
This isn't a very spectator-friendly race. Spectators are welcome at the start/finish area, but please note that parking will be limited and spectators may have to walk a short distance from their parked vehicle. Runners that have spectators should drive to the race together to reduce congestion.
Half Marathon Training Programs
Yosemite & Rocky Mtn. Runner
Club Hikes & Trifecta
We like to encourage our runners to get out and enjoy the area where we hold our races, so we designate certain challenging and iconic activities in the park to be a part of our official club hikes and trifecta challenge!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Since this is the first time we are holding the Grand Canyon Half Marathon on the North side, we are currently deciding which hikes to designate as official club hikes and which 3 activities make up our Trifecta. Typically Club Hikes are more strenuous- usually anywhere from 5-8 miles, and the Trifecta is a series of 3 activities that most people will be able to do even with children that might only require a short walk out to a viewpoint, etc.
>>If you have an idea you can submit it here.
What do I get? Any runners that take the challenge and complete one of the designated hikes within 72 hours of running the race will officially join the club, and receive a commemorative medallion! All you have to do is submit a picture of yourself at the designated location which includes:
- A clear view of your face
- Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
- Your finisher medal in plain view
- Clear background showing where you are
These hikes are meant to be difficult and they can sometimes be dangerous. If you choose to attempt any of these hikes, you need to take them seriously. Please bring lots of water (more than you think you need), check the weather forecast, and take any precautions before beginning your hike.
Grand Canyon Trifecta
Our race trifectas are comprised of 3 different activities. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous than our club hikes. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. We are currently taking suggestions on what 3 activities make up the Grand Canyon Trifecta. If you have an idea, please click the link above.
You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will receive a commemorative pin!
Exclusive Grand Canyon Half Marathon merchandise is available in our online store!