Lake Powell Half Marathon
Page, AZ | Oct. 9, 2021 | 6:30 am
Run to the lake with one of our most scenic courses, finishing right at Lake Powell in the gorgeous Glen Canyon Recreation Area!
Start: 6:30 am
End: 12:30 pm
The Lake Powell Course features some really spectacular views of the lake. Starting at the John C. Page Park in Page, AZ and ending at Stateline Boat Ramp, this is one of the fastest courses in our race series. It is also the first race to feature a trail as part of the course.
The first 3 miles are on pavement which circles a portion of the town before getting onto the Page Rim Trail (approx. mile 3.75). This short trail section allows for stunning views of rock formations and glimpses of Lake Powell! There are areas on the trail portion with loose sand and some ups and downs on slick rock. Please be cautious. At about 5.75 miles in, runners will return to pavement before heading downhill toward the bridge that crosses over Glen Canyon Dam. The course then heads north into the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to finish at the Stateline Boat Ramp within the park's boundaries.
*Note: Due to the deep sand as well as rough slick rock sections of this course, strollers are not allowed.
*Due to COVID precautions, our 2020 event required a course change as we were not permitted to finish at the lake. We have no reason to think that will be the case for the 2021 event. In short- we anticipate returning to our original course as described above, and pictured below.
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!
Male Overall: Teo-Sean White 1:12:12 (2019)
Female Overall: Allison Baca 1:25:02 (2019)
Male Masters: James Holt 1:18:37 (2016)
Female Masters: Valerie Ingersoll 1:36:28 (2018)
Registration is Open!
Early $99 (Jan. 10 – Apr. 26)
Regular $119 (Apr. 27 – Aug. 9)
Late $139 (Aug. 10 – Oct. 9)
*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.
Expect about 6 aid stations on the course at around mile 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12. A medic will be stationed typically at the aid station at or near mile 7. Keep in mind, the exact location of each aid station may vary from race to race. 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 or request a free HydraPouch when you register.
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/Bib Pickup (recommended)
We recommend picking your bib up at the expo on October 8, 2021. This will take place outdoors at the John C. Page park Page, AZ! Bib pickup will go from 11 am to 6 pm.
You’re welcome to pick up your friend's bib for them as long as you have a picture of their photo ID. Even a picture on a phone will do.
**Be sure to double check time zones! Page is right on the border of Utah and Arizona. Since Arizona does not participate in Daylight Savings Time, it is in hour behind Utah. Clocks on your phones tend to jump around from timezone to timezone in Page, so be sure to have a watch, or set the timezone manually.
Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
You can pick up your bib on the morning of the race, but you’ll need to be there before 5:45am, which is when we will close pickup. Race day bib pickup will be by the starting line. Please come early- morning bib pickup begins at 4:30am! You must have a photo ID with you to pick up your bib, even on race morning.
Option #3: Shipped To You (US residents only)
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 out to Lake Powell early. This option is only available before the final price jump!
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.
We want to help you make the most out of your vacation. Here are some helpful links and general information. We’ll be updating the links and information below over the next several months. Some good sites to check out are the Horseshoe Bend website and the Antelope Canyon website.
Where to Fly
There is a small airport in Page (PGA) that has direct flights from Phoenix. You can also fly into Flagstaff (FLG) which is about 2 hours south.
St. George Regional Airport (SGU)
This is the closest airport by far (approximately 2 hrs. 45 min.), but it’s a regional airport so tickets can be more expensive. Delta/United services St. George connecting from Denver, Phoenix, or Salt Lake City so if possible, definitely fly in to St. George.
McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Las Vegas is the next closest at about 4 hours away. It’s an interesting drive through the desert and then a beautiful drive through the Virgin River Gorge. Just follow the driving directions from Southern Nevada above. Car rentals tend to be inexpensive in Las Vegas, and most major airlines fly into Las Vegas so finding a good deal should be simple. If you have the time, a quick scenic detour would be to drive through Zion National Park on Hwy 9 to Hwy 89, then south to Kanab and east to Page (The Zion detour would add about an hour more of driving time).
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
Phoenix might make sense for many traveling to this area. It is about 4 1/2 hours from Phoenix to Page, but the south rim of the Grand Canyon is next to this route, making it easy to plan a side trip.
Salt Lake International Airport (SLC)
Salt Lake is another option that will work for some. It's nearly roughly 5 hrs and 45 min away, but depending on your pre or post-race activities, it may be a good option for you. This route passes within 15 minutes of the entrances into both Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, making it convenient to detour and see these places. Salt Lake City serves most major airlines and is a Delta hub. Car rentals are cheap and the airport isn’t huge so it’s very easy to navigate.
We’ve put together some general driving directions for getting to Page, AZ from various departure points throughout the west.
From Las Vegas, NV
I-15 N (131 miles) to
State Hwy 9 E, exit 16 toward Hurricane/Zion (10 miles) to
S 100 E turn Right (0.1 mile) to
UT-59 S/E 100 S turn Left (22 miles) to
AZ-389 E toward Fredonia/Kanab (33 miles) to
US-89 Alt N turn Left, toward Kanab (7 miles) to
US-89 S/E 300 S turn Right, toward Page (73 miles)
Page is past the lake when coming from this direction
From Phoenix, AZ
I-17 N toward Flagstaff (140 miles) to
I-40 E, exit 340A toward Albuquerque (5.5 miles) to
Country Club, exit 201 turn Left, toward US-89 N/Page (0.5 mile) to
US-89 N second Right (79 miles) to
US-89T (45 miles)
From Salt Lake City, UT
I-15 South (211 miles) to
Exit 95 towards Panguitch (20 miles) to
South on Highway 89 S towards Kanab (78 miles) to
US-89 S/E 300 S turn Left, toward Page (73 miles) to
N Lake Powell Blvd. turn Left (1.5 miles)
Hotels & Camping
Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas
We’re happy to have Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas hosting us again! They have extremely comfortable rooms right by the lake and excellent on-site dining options. As an extra bonus they’re within walking distance of the Lake Powell Half Marathon finish line! Rooms are limited, so book today!
***Please make sure to book the Wahweap location - Bullfrog is a few hours away***
Special Rate- use the promo code MARATHON
Traditional Guest Rooms: $172++, Lake View Guest Rooms: $202++ per room, per night.
Valid for dates booked from October 6th-11th, 2021.
*Promo code valid until 9/29/21 or until rooms sold out - whichever comes first.
Other Camping Options
The nearest campground is at Lone Rock. The cost is $10 per night to camp and that does not include entry fees to the park. There are no sites at Lone Rock, you just show up and find a place to camp/park your RV/sleep in your car.
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Here's a tentative schedule of events:
4:00 am – Finish line parking opens
4:45 am - start line parking opens
4:45 - Shuttles head from finish line parking to race start
6:00 am - Last shuttles depart and parking lot closes
6:20 am – National Anthem
6:30 am – Race starts: all divisions begin
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 at the finish line to watch your runner finish. However, we ask you not too linger and to maintain social distance. After the race, go explore Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell!
TIME ZONE NOTE: Bib pickup and the race takes place in Page, Arizona. However, this city is very close to the border of Utah and your phone may hop back and forth between the two different time zones. All times listed for the event are based on Arizona time (PDT). We recommend manually setting the time on your cell phones, vehicle clocks, etc. to maintain the correct time throughout the event.
Parking & Shuttles
We will have plenty of parking to accommodate all of our runners. There will be parking at the START LINE and the FINISH LINE. If you park at the start line there will be shuttles after the race taking you back to your car. If you park at the finish line before the race, there will be shuttles taking runners to the start line. Please read parking and shuttle details on your two options below!
Start Line Parking
In the morning, runners can park in the parking lots (outlined in pink) near the park and walk to the start line. If you are staying in town and within walking distance of the start we highly encourage you to walk to the start line. These parking lots will open at 4:45 am, and we recommend you arrive by 5:30 am. The start line parking will close at 6:00 am. After the race, shuttles will take runners back to your car near the start line from the finish line. Shuttle trips take some time and you may be waiting for a shuttle for awhile! If you don’t want to wait, then you should park at the finish and take a shuttle in the morning.
Finish Line Parking
If you choose to park at the finish line, you must get there early in order to have time to ride the shuttle to the start line. We recommend being there at 4:00 am. The shuttles will leave at 4:45 am. If you miss the shuttle there will not be another one. If you are staying at the Lake Powell Resort you should plan on driving (or walking) to the finish line shuttle pickup (which is only 1 mile away from the resort).
Runners can be dropped off near the start line at the park (see green arrows on the map above). Please be there before 6:00 am when the parking lot closes.
Medals and Age Group Awards
Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall, as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal: 11 and younger, 12-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and older.
**There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race. However, we will not have an awards ceremony- Award medals will be mailed out after the race.
Yosemite Half Marathon Runner
Explorer Club (new!)
If you've run any of our National Park half marathons before, you may be familiar with our "club hikes" and "trifecta" programs. The "Explorer Club" series is our new iteration of this idea! We want you to have as broad or as deep of an experience of our National Parks and their surrounding areas as possible. We have created a scavenger hunt made up of all kinds of adventures and experiences you can have here at the park.
The challenge consists of activities that fit into 6 categories: History, Hiking, Explore, Food/Dining, Education, and Stewardship.
Each activity is worth points towards a National Park Explorer badge! They are worth a different number of points based on difficulty and you can choose which to tackle based on your interests. Whether you have an afternoon or a week at the park, you should be able to plan an amazing itinerary with these suggestions!
Ready to join the Explorer Club? You have two options for submitting your hikes:
Use the race guide & submit online (coming soon!)
- Use the activity scorecard provided below (and in your race guide) and pick your activities
- Enjoy your activities and use the scorecard to total up your points as you go!
- When you have 1500 points - head to the link below and submit them within 7 days of the race to become an official Exploer Club member! We ask for some basic info so that we can send your official badge in the mail.
Download the Spark Challenges app
- Sign up in the app and join the correct Explorer Club for your park. The club should be available online 1 week before the race.
- Search the listed activities and total up 1500 points within 7 days of this race.
- Submit 1500 points worth of activities and you'll automatically become an official Explorer Club member! We'll send you an official badge in the mail.
Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours provides quality guided tours, sightseeing tours and photographic tours, into slot canyons that are within the Antelope wash basin located on the outskirts of Page, Arizona. The slot canyons reside within the Navajo Nation reservation boundary. The Navajo nation has its own Tribal Park who maintains the slot canyons, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park.
Note: The Navajo Nation has opened many of it's tours to the public with strict safety protocols in place due to Covid-19. We recommend checking their site for tour information so you are prepared!
The canyon is located just east of Page, Arizona. It runs north, across Hwy 98, into Lake Powell. In order to enter the canyon you must book a tour through a Navajo tour group. There are Navajo park fees and tour fees as well. There are several options of tour agencies. Our contacts in Page recommended Antelope Canyon Tours. Most we’ve seen have varying rates with children 5 and under being free (some are 6 and under).
There is the Upper Canyon (the most commonly photographed) and the Lower Canyon. Each have their own tour. You should look into it and see which one is more interesting to you.
Rainbow Bridge is located north of Wahweap Bay. Proceed to the mouth of Forbidding Canyon (buoy 49) and travel about 2 miles to a sign that points the way left through a narrow passage. Be careful approaching the dock and go slow. Rainbow Bridge is a 1-2 mile hike from the water’s edge.
Rainbow Bridge can be accessed by private boat or rental. There are also boat tours that leave from The Lake Powell Resort. You may backpack to Rainbow Bridge across Navajo Nation lands; A permit from the Navajo Nation is required.
Horseshoe Bend is a breathtaking overlook at the Colorado River flowing from Lake Powell towards the Grand Canyon. It is a short drive outside of Page (just over 4 miles south) and just a 3/4 mile hike to the overlook! It is such a great thing to see. Seriously, if you come all the way to Lake Powell and don’t go see it, it would be a real waste.
Swim in the Lake
This one is simple. Jump in the lake. Just go for a swim! Go cool off! The water is still warm this time of year, so go enjoy it.
Glen Canyon Dam Overlook
Visit the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook for aa scenic escape. Please use caution!
Past Race Results & Photos
If you see that you placed, but didn't stick around for the awards ceremony, no worries! You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!
If you have questions about your placement or results, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race photos are available the Friday following the week of the race. We will send out an email when they're posted to the album as well as place the link below. This year we are offering race photos FREE to all our runners!
Award Ceremony Photos
Award ceremony photos are posted within a week of the race. You can find a link to the award ceremony photos below:
Share your experiences with us!
Be sure to use #LPHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!
Exclusive Lake Powell Half Marathon merchandise is available in our online store.