Zion Half Marathon
March 5, 2022
7:00 am on March 5, 2022
Exact info coming soon!
Expo & Bib Pickup
Race Expo & Bib Pickup:
Friday, March 4, 2022
12pm - 6pm
(bibs available until 7pm)
Strollers allowed? Yes
Disability Friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No
Please train accordingly, terrain makes a significant impact on run times and physical endurance.
Here are our recommendations for airports. You may also fly into Salt Lake City, but this is a 5 hour drive to the race location.
St. George Regional Airport (SGU)
This is the closest airport by far (40 min. drive), but it’s a regional airport so tickets can be more expensive. Delta services St. George and the airport is new so if possible, definitely fly in to St. George.
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC)
Cedar City is a similar option to St. George Regional Airport. Delta also services Cedar City. It will take you just under an hour to drive to Virgin.
McCarran International Airport (LAS)
This is the next closest at about 2.5 hours away in Las Vegas. 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. Most major airlines fly into Las Vegas so finding a good car rental deal should be simple here...
Lodging & Camping
Visit the A to Zion website before you visit to find lodging, dining, and activities near Zion and the greater St. George Area. They are a comprehensive resource to help you make your travel plans.
We want to help you make the most out of your vacation. Here is some general information as well as some links to our sponsors.
There are many hotel options in the area, but please plan accordingly for travel time to the start line on race morning! The race start is located in Virgin, UT. There are numerous hotels near the south entrance of Zion National Park.
We recommend looking for lodging in the following towns:
- Virgin (closest)
- La Verkin
- Springdale (Cable Mountain Lodge and Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens are close to the finish line)
- St George (furthest)
If camping is more your style you can find dispersed camping in the area around the race on the BLM website, here.
ZION RIVER RESORT » If you’re looking for less-primitive camping or RV hookups, Zion River Resort is a great option, and its a pretty short walk to the start line! Zion River Resort has a pool, restrooms, laundromat, and more on site.
WATCHMAN & SOUTH CAMPGROUNDS » If you’re fine with about a 25 minute drive to the start line, these campgrounds are excellent options! A plus is that your campground is near the finish line. These campgrounds are immediately inside the park on the South entrance. Reservations need to be made 6 months before your arrival date. Make a reservation for Watchman. South Campground is available on a first come first served basis and is more primitive with no hook-ups at all.
Nested in the mountains west of Zion, try a unique experience with Under Canvas. Enjoy stunning night skies, beautiful landscapes, gourmet restaurant and a luxurious private tent with comfortable beds and furnishings.
Zion Ponderosa Ranch
From vacation rentals and cabin suites–to deluxe glamping or conventional tents, Zion Ponderosa Ranch offers a variety of lodging options and more. Zion Ponderosa Ranch also has plenty of activities fun for all including a climbing wall, horseback riding, and Jeep tours. There's something for everybody.
Additional Hotel Options
We've partnered with Booking.com to search for the best hotel options in the area. Check them out here!
Zion National Park
We realize that the races in this series are out of the way for most runners, and it may be the only time that you visit these breathtaking areas. One of our biggest desires is that you walk away from this event having fully experienced what the region has to offer.
While in the area, we encourage you to continue the adventure and spend time in the parks!
Zion Explorer Club
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 oissible. We have created a scavenger hunt made up of all kinds of adventures and experiences you can have here at Zion.
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 Zion 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 in Zion, you should be able to plan an amazing itinerary with these suggestions!
Here's how to become a Zion Explorer:
- Install the free Spark Challenges app
- Sign-up using the same email address you used to register for the race
- Join the Zion Explorer Club challenge and start completing activities
- Earn at least 1,500 points within 7-days of the race and you’ll earn a special in-app achievement with a coupon code to claim your free Zion Explorer badge
Recommended Hikes & Activities
Note: You are responsible for your safety if you attempt to participate in any of these activities. Always check the weather before starting a hike, and speak with a park or forest ranger for updated information regarding trail conditions, closures, and permits.
The Zion Bucket List
Angels Landing: This popular hike offers spectacular views of the main canyon from 1,500ft above the valley floor. Click here for trail description.
If you have any energy left and you are looking for more miles after making it to the overlook, we would encourage you to continue up the amazing West Rim trail, which you will be using to access the Angel’s Landing spur trail.
The Narrows/Riverside Walk: This is a “must see” while you are here if the spring runoff is in your favor. Your feet will get wet on this one, and other than the approach on the paved river trail, there will not be much running involved. Click here for a trail description of the Narrows.
*April runoff can make it difficult to get very far up into the narrows. If that's the case, you can substitute this hike with an exploration of Hidden Canyon. Click here for Hidden Canyon trail description.
Taylor Creek: This would be an easy and beautiful warm up run that you can check off if you're coming from the north on I-15. It's a stunning and scenic 2.5 miles in (5 miles round trip) w/ little elevation gain. It is less than 5 minutes from I-15 to the trailhead via the Kolob Canyons entrance to Zion National Park. (It has always amazed me how little use the trails in this area of the park get when they are so close to the freeway. They are tucked away and well hidden from view from I-15 although very accessible.)
Parunaweap: An out and back down to the river via the Checkerboard Mesa Escape Route requires some route finding skills. This canyon is pristine and seldom seen and well worth the effort.
Eagle Crags: This is one of the BLM trails located in the Mt. Canaan wilderness area adjacent to the park that is every bit as scenic as trails located within the park boundaries. Beautiful views into Lower Parunaweap Canyon from the overlook.
Water Canyon–Squirrel Canyon: If you’ve seen it all in Zion or want to get into the rarely visited outreaches of the backcountry, this 11 mile loop is one of my favorites of all time.
The Subway: If you're one of the lucky ones to obtain one of the 80 daily issued permits to hike the Left Fork of North Creek, don’t pass up the opportunity.
Trans Zion (Zion Traverse): Anyone crazy enough to do this epic route within a week from race day deserves major props! As always, check with the park to ensure each trail section is open and accessible to the public, and watch the weather forecast.
Zion Half Marathon Registration
Sign up to join us at Zion for an incredible race!
Early: starts May 28, 2021
Regular: starts Aug. 30, 2021
Late: starts Dec. 6, 21 (no refunds after this date!)
Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer any time through the race expo ($20 fee). Full policy details.
Want to use a deferred credit?
Login to RunSignup, click Deferrals, Complete Deferments
Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events.
Volunteer with Us!
Our volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merchandise tent, and beyond! Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race (credits can be gifted!)
HOW TO PREPARE
Zion Half Race Details
Come here to prepare for your race!
The race begins in Virgin, UT where participants will run on a partially closed road that winds and climbs uphill as it follows the curves of the Virgin River.
You'll run on Hwy 9 through small but unique towns before getting on a paved path parallel to the road passing the town of Grafton and through Rockville with stunning views of the south west side of Zion.
You'll finish in Springdale in front of Cable Mountain Lodge near the gateway to the South entrance of Zion National Park!
Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! The current course record holders are:
Male Overall: Aaron Metler 1:11:51 (2016)
Female Overall: Kayla Lampe 1:26:49 (2019)
Male Masters: Nick Tustison 1:28:54 (2020)
Female Masters: Peggy Levin 1:38:48 (2015)
2021 Trail Course:
Male Overall: Daniel Peters 1:26:08 (2021)
Female Overall: Lainie Smith 1:29:48 (2021)
Male Masters: Eric Hunziker 1:33:11 (2021)
Female Masters: Rachel Burke 1:59:03 (2021)
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.
You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet including at the Race Expo, the start line, or we can mail it to you.
Option #1: Race Expo
Friday before the race from 12pm–7pm at Cable Mountain Lodge. We’ll have our merchandise table set up, so be sure to stop by and say hi!
Option #2: Race Morning (not recommended)
We will have limited race morning bib and packet pickup on race morning at the start line. Get there early!
Option #3: Shipped Before the Race ($30)
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.
We encourage you to attend the race expo which will be on March 4 at Cable Mountain Lodge in Springdale, UT (the same place as the finish line). This is your chance to see the area, pick up your bib packet, and check out merchandise.
Bib pickup will be available at this site until 7pm. See you there!
Friday - Race Expo
12 PM – 6PM
Cable Mountain Lodge (147 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, UT 84767)
*Bibs available until 7PM
Saturday - Race Day
5:00 AM » Start line parking lot opens & shuttles start loading
5:10 AM » Last-minute bib pickup opens (at start line)
6:40 AM » Start line parking lot closes
6:45 AM » Runners line up & last call for gear check
6:55 AM » National Anthem
7:00 AM » Race starts!
9:45 AM » Awards Ceremony
The race begins in the town of Virgin, UT where Camino Del Rio & Kolob Terrace Rd. converge onto Highway 9.
If you are not staying in Springdale, or do not wish to take the shuttle, we will update parking information soon.
Runners staying in Springdale should plan to take a shuttle race morning to the start line. Shuttles will pick up runners from the following locations:
1) Cable Mountain Lodge
2) La Quinta Inn & Suites
3) Holiday Inn Express
4) Majestic View Lodge
All shuttles will begin boarding at 5:00 am. DO NOT BE LATE. If you are staying in Springdale near these stops, the race shuttle will be a convenient option. This shuttle is for runners only.
Runners getting dropped off should do so at the corner of Kolob Terrace Rd. and Highway 9 (right across from the start line).
Spectators are encouraged to be at the finish line to cheer on all our runners. To avoid traffic and congestion, spectators staying in town should walk or take the shuttle to the finish line. There is limited paid street parking throughout the town of Springdale along Zion Canyon Blvd and up Lion Blvd.
There will be no parking at the finish line.
We ask that you be respectful of the Park’s request that we not use the Visitor’s Center parking lot for race spectating and finish line access.
Also, to avoid overcrowding and traffic, please avoid entering the park between 10am and 2pm.
Race results are always available to you approximately 20 minutes after the race via your RunSignup account. We will also have a Race Results tent located near the finish line with QR codes for easy scanning.
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.
Share your experiences with us!
Be sure to use #ZionHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!
Where to Eat
These restaurants are always popular with our runners:
If you're staying La Verkin or Hurricane, don’t forget to stop and get the best coffee in the world at River Rock Roasting Company!
Finally, you can always trust Yelp.
Other Things to Do
Whether you're hiking the Narrows, tubing the Virgin River, or biking the Pa’rus, Zion Outfitter can make your journey an experience of a lifetime. They have the latest information on trail conditions and have all the gear you would need to have a simple and enjoyable adventure inside Zion National Park.