2019 Zion Half Marathon
February 23, 2019 | Springdale, UT
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.
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
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
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
St. George (SGU) - 40 min.
Cedar City (CDC) - 45 min.
McCarran (LAS) - 2.5 hrs.
Salt Lake (SLC) - 5 hrs.
Driving Directions: Coming Soon
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.
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
We'll post a Google Maps link as race day approaches.
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.
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.