Zion Half Marathon

Run the beautiful road to Zion. This course is a challenging but incredibly beautiful steady climb towards the mouth of main Zion Canyon. Chase the sunrise over The Watchman and come run below the vibrant cliffs. Don't miss this chance to run in the desert and end in the lovely town of Springdale.
  • Location: Springdale, UT
  • Date: March 5, 2022 
  • Terrain: Pavement)
  • Difficulty: Moderate

March 5, 2022

Springdale, UT




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Race Info

Race Start: 

7:00 am on March 5, 2022

Start Line:

Virgin, Utah

Exact info coming soon!

Finish Line:

Cable Mountain Lodge

Springdale, Utah

Expo & Bib Pickup

Race Expo & Bib Pickup:

Friday, March 4, 2022

12pm - 6pm

(bibs available until 7pm)

Cable Mountain Lodge

Springdale, Utah

The Course

Terrain: Pavement

Difficulty: Moderate

Weather: 33–60°F

Strollers allowed? Yes

Disability Friendly? Yes

Dogs allowed? No

Please train accordingly, terrain makes a significant impact on run times and physical endurance.

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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.

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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!) 


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Know Your Guidelines

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a cup-free event! Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course!

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Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

Zion Half Race Details

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Course Details

Course Summary

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!

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Course Records

Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! The current course record holders are:

Paved Course:

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)

Aid Stations

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. 

Additional Details

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Race Expo & Bib Pickup

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 LodgeWe’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.

Race Expo

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!

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Race Schedule

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

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Parking & Shuttles

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). 

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Race Morning Shuttle Pickup Locations


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


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 timing@runsum.com.

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!

Area Recommendations

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.

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