Grand Teton Half Marathon
Jackson, Wyoming | June 2, 2018, 6:30 am
If you've ever dreamt of seeing the Tetons, this is your big chance.
The Tetons have inspired countless hikers, backpackers, mountaineers, and explorers throughout history. John Wayne's film acting debut The Big Trail was filmed here in 1930 as well as the western classic Shane (1953). Grand Teton National Park contains over 200 miles of trails to discover including one that American Indians and fur trappers may have used in the 1820s. You could even paddle a canoe or raft the world famous Snake River.
"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over." -John Muir
While you're here, come enjoy this gorgeous half marathon.
The Grand Teton Half Marathon takes place in the town of Jackson, Wyoming, just outside the entrance to Grand Teton National Park. It's a beautiful course with captivating views of snow capped mountain peaks, huge gulps of crisp fresh air, and maybe even some wildlife.
The race starts at 6:30 AM sharp with cutoff at 10:30 AM. That provides runners (and even walkers) 4 full hours to take in the scenery and make your way to the finish line.
To be clear, this race doesn't take place inside the National Park. (It's difficult to get permission to conduct private business activities on national land, and rightly so.) Having said that, this is about as close to the park as it gets.
Teton & Smokies Runner
Run the race. Then discover Grand Teton National Park!
This is a GREAT course! Possibly our prettiest ever!
It’s very scenic and the finish line has some amazing views of the Teton range! You don’t want to miss out on running this.
We'll start the race in Wilson, WY by running along Teton Pass Hwy (Hwy 22) for a little over a mile and then jumping onto a jogging trail. We'll stay on this beautiful and flat paved trail until we cross a pedestrian bridge over the Snake River! After some more road running, the course turns to a peacefule well-packed dirt road before finishing at the golf course!
The elevation change on the course is marginal. The chart makes it look like a beast, but it is only a few hundred feet. This will be a slightly challenging, but overwhelmingly beautiful course!
We'll gain 583 feet, with a max elevation at 6,383 feet.
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.
We are pleased to share a FREE half marathon training program customized for this course to help you prepare. We've teamed up with Active at Altitude as the Official Training Partner to offer 2 levels of training:
These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks.
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Bib & Packet Pickup
Bib Pickup » You have 3 options for picking up your bib:
1. Pickup at the expo (recommended)
2. Pickup at the start line
3. Mailed 2 weeks before the race ($20 fee)
Bring Your Own Bag » In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste we encourage you to bring your own bag to hold you 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.
Traveling to Jackson
Driving & Flying
Depending on how far away you live, your trip to Jackson will likely include both some flying and driving. If you book soon, you could fly directly into the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC). It’s only a 15 minute drive into town and there are several rental car services on site.
If JAC won't work for you, you can fly into either the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) which is about 2 hours from Jackson, or the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), about 5 hours away.
Lodging & Restaurants
There are a number of hotels, campgrounds, and vacation rental properties available nearby.
“The most remarkable heights in the great backbone of America are three elevated, insular mountains which are seen at a distance of one hundred and fifty miles, aptly designated as the Pilot Knobs, known as the Three Tetons.”
— Alexander Ross, 1800s fur trader
3 parking lots will be available for runners and spectators including one near the start line opening at 4 am. There will also be plenty of shuttles available between the parking lots, start line, and finish line.
We'll have a prize raffle and gear check available until about 6:15 when runners line up. We'll sing the National Anthem at 6:25 and start the race promptly at 6:30. The awards ceremony kicks off near the finish line at 9:15 am. By 10:30 all runners will need to be off the course (plenty of time for walkers). The last shuttles will leave from the finish line at 12:00 noon.
Clubs & Trifecta
To help you make the most out of your visit to Grand Teton National Park, we've put together some recommended "Club Hikes". Do these with 72 hours after the race and send us a picture to earn free Vacation Races memorabilia!
Table Mountain Club
Amphitheater Lake Club
Bradley Lake Club
Grand Teton Trifecta
Following the race, we'll post a link for you to send us your photos and name.
"Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir
Packages & Pricing
June 2nd, 8th, and 9th
$390 / runner
June 2nd & 9th
$330 / runner
Grand Teton Half