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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.

March 4, 2023

Springdale, UT




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Race Day

Expo & Bib Pickup

Quick Info
  • St. George (SGU) and more options
  • 60° / 33° F
  • Shuttles to/from the race
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible
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Get to Know Your Course

  • Race Start: 7:00AM MT, March 4, 2023 (4hr time limit)
  • Weather: 33°/60°F

Course Difficulty:

  • Accessible to: Strollers and wheelchairs

Course Map

Course Description

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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You'll be on a wide paved road for this race and will switch to a paved trail. 

Aid Stations (Bring your own cup!)

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All aid stations are cup-free so remember to bring your own hydration solution or request a FREE Nathan reusable cup when you register.

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course near mile 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12 (Exact locations vary). A medic will be stationed typically at the aid station at or near mile 9. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. Cups are not provided on course to help reduce waste.

Additional Details


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Park Communities

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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New this year, YOU choose whether the funds you raise support a WP community partner or an organization that matters to you!

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!) 

Pro-tip: Volunteer at the expo and run the next day OR ask a friend to volunteer and "gift" you the credit (or use it themselves!)


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!

Join the Community

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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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
Expos are typically held on the Friday before the race. 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.

Race Expo (Bib Pickup Available)

This is your chance to see the area, pick up your bib packet, and check out merchandise. We'll have a variety of swag from shirts and tanks to our favorite Hydro Flasks and everything in-between.

See you there!

Bring Your Own Bag
In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste during our races, our expos are bagless events. We encourage you to BYOB (bring your own bag) to hold your bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up from the race expo!

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Race Schedule

All times are listed in Mountain Time.

Friday - Race Expo

12:00 PM » Race expo and bib pickup open to all runners

6:00 PM » Race expo vendors close

7:00 PM » Bib pickup closes

Saturday - Race Day

4:30 AM » Shuttles start loading for the start line
5:10 AM » Last-minute bib pickup opens (at start line)

6:00 AM » Last start line shuttle leaves
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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Arrive early & get ready with us

We encourage runners to arrive early on race morning. Find a parking spot, grab some Summit Coffee or hot chocolate, and listen for updates from our race announcer (they're the one with the megaphone and early-bird energy)!

Parking & Shuttles

Please Note: There is NO START LINE PARKING. All runners should plan to take a shuttle to the start line on race morning.

Start Line Shuttles

Dropping off a runner?
Start line drop offs are allowed between 5:00 AM - 6:00 AM only. This is a strict cutoff time, as we will be closing the road to allow for the race to start on time. Please drop your runner off swiftly and continue to the exit.

Directions: From SR-9, turn north onto Kolob Terrace Rd. and drop-off in the designated area. Then, continue driving forward turn left onto Pocketville Rd., and exit back to the highway. 

map of runner drop-off area n Kolob Terrace Rd off of SR-9

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Shuttles from: Springdale, Utah

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 4:30 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.

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Springdale: Race Morning Shuttle Pickup Locations

Shuttles from: La Verkin, Utah

Shuttles will pick up near the designated parking areas in La Verkin. The two pickup spots are on either side of SR-9 so you won’t have to cross the street. The two pickup locations are:

1) Between Best Western and River Rock Roasting Co.

2) In front of the city office building.

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La Verkin: Race Morning Shuttle Pickup Locations

Finish Line & Spectator Shuttles 

  • Round trip service from the finish line to all original shuttle stops in Springdale and La Verkin, Utah and back
  • Non-stop from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Spectators will need to use paid town parking in Springdale or park at a shuttle stop in order to access the finish line. Shuttles to and from the finish line begin at 9:30am.


There will be no event parking at the finish line. 

Spectators Shuttles

Spectators will need to use paid town parking in Springdale or park at a shuttle stop in order to access the finish line. Shuttles to and from the finish line begin at 9:30am.


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.

Zero Waste

As nature lovers, we are committed to keeping our events sustainable and managing negative impacts on the environment. Our goal is to send less than one bag of actual “trash” to the landfill after each event. We have managed to meet this goal at events with over 3,000 participants!

Here's how you can help us:


Single-use plastic is a huge source of waste at any public event. We have reduced that impact by making our events "cup-free". 

What does that mean for you?

Coolers of Water and Gnarly Hydrate (electrolyte drink) are available at all aid stations, but cups will not be provided on course or at the finish line. In order to stay hydrated, we ask you to bring one of the following:

1. Reusable water bottle

2. Nathan reusable cup - These light-weight cups fold into a pocket or waistband. Request one when you sign up to run!

3. Hydration pack - These are refillable backpacks meant for running that allow you to access fluid via a built-in straw.

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Stay hydrated on course with a reusable cup!


You can help us reduce trash by sorting disposable items into the appropriate container. 

You’ll notice three containers at our events:

  • Compostables: Organic goods like banana peels and most food items (without the wrapper please!)
  • Recyclables: Paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel, and glass. Please dump out any liquids into the compost bin BEFORE recycling the container.
  • Everything Else: Non-recyclable food wrappers like from used gel packets and styrofoam. Please dump out any food matter BEFORE throwing away the container.

Please avoid putting organic waste and compostable items in the wrong bin. It gets gross to sort through.

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!

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