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The 2019 Zion Half is Sold Out!

There is no waiting list, but you can join us for the Zion Ultras Half Marathon (Trail Run) in 2019!

We're really excited to announce that we're returning to the ORIGINAL COURSE this year! 

Plus, we've got an all new medal design AND 2019 is the Centennial Anniversary of Zion National Park! It's a big year! Come celebrate with a beautiful half marathon through the stunning southern Utah desert.

Quick Info

Race Details

Date: February 23, 2019
Location: Virgin to Springdale, UT
Start Time: 7:00am–11:00 am
Weather: 33 – 60°F

Course Type: Point-to-point
Stroller friendly? Yes
Disability friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No

February 22, 2019 from 12pm-6pm
Cable Mountain Lodge

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $115 May 18 – Jul 1
Regular:  $145 Jul. 2 – Nov. 18
Late: $165 Nov. 19 – Race Expo

Refund Policy
Refunds available during Early Registration (no fee) and Regular Registration ($10 fee). 

Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer available during all registration periods ($20 fee).

Travel & Other Info

Fly Into
St. George (SGU) - 40 min.
Cedar City (CDC) - 45 min.
Las Vegas (LAS) - 2.5 hrs.
Salt Lake City (SLC) - 5 hrs.

Driving Directions: Cable Mountain Lodge

La Verkin
St. George

The Course

Great news... we're back to our original Springdale course in 2019! It begins in Virgin, UT and runs on Hwy 9 through small, but unique towns before getting on a paved path parallel to the road and finishing in Springdale, the gateway to the south entrance of Zion National Park. We'll post more detailed information very soon. For now, suffice it to say that this is our most popular course and we've trying to get back to it for a few years. 

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. 

Traveling to Zion

Where to Stay

We recommend staying in Springdale, Virgin, La Verkin, or Hurricane UT. There is no official Vacation Races campground, but there are campgrounds in the area, or dispersed camping options on BLM land nearby.

More detailed lodging recommendations >

Where to Fly

If you're flying here you'll want to check for flights into:

  • St. George Regional Airport (SGU)
  • McCarran International Airport (LAS) 
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
  • Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC)

Driving to the Race

The race begins in the town of Virgin, UT where Camino Del Rio & Kolob Terrace Rd. converge onto Highway 9. Runners will be able be able to park here and be shuttled back to your car after the race.

Shuttles will run from three locations in Springdale - runners staying in Springdale should plan to take the shuttle race morning to the start line.
1) La Quinta
2) Holiday Inn Express
3) Majestic View Lodge


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: 

  • Beginner program (16 weeks)
  • Intermediate program (12 weeks)

These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks. 

Race Day

We'll post more details about race day including information about parking, shuttles, etc. as we get closer to the race.

The tentative schedule for race day will be:

  • 6:15 am - Last call for bib pickup
  • 6:45 am - Runners line up at starting line
  • 6:50 am - National Anthem
  • 7:00 am - Race Starts.
  • 9:45 am - Awards ceremony

When you finish the race, you'll grab a snack box, take some pictures, hang out and make friends for a while, and then we encourage you to go explore Zion National Park!

Club Hikes & Trifecta

Run the Zion Ultras Trail Half Marathon

Missed out on signing up for the 2019 Zion Half Marathon? There's still a way to join us the Centennial celebration! Vacation Races puts on a series of trail and ultra-marathon races too. The Zion Ultras event features a trail half marathon where you'll still get fantastic views of Zion, plus the added accomplishment of running the race on some world-famous trails! The event is on April 13, 2019. Click here to learn more

Package Pricing

Race day countdown!


Registration Periods

Early Registration: $115 May 18 – July 1
Regular Registration:  $145 July 2 – Nov. 18
Late Registration: $165 Nov. 19 – Race Expo

*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

I have been in an athlete and race coordinator for a lot of years! I was super impressed with the organization and flawlessness of this race. And special Kudos to your staff and volunteers - so helpful, supportive, and kind! I currently work for the Huntsman World Senior Games and LOVED your recycle bins - could you share with me where you get them? Thanks for an amazing day and a Race so Well Done!

Michelle Graves
Zion 50K Runner

Note: There is no Wait List!
Sign up for the race you want to run as soon as possible. When a race distance sells out, there is no waiting list should someone drop out. Once sold out, a race entry may be obtained through a bib transfer from another runner selling their spot. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our bib transfer policy before buying/selling a bib.