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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

Expo
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

Lodging
Virgin
La Verkin
Hurricane
Springdale
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. 

Time limit
All runners will have 4 hours to finish the race. That is an 18 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers! If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events.

Course Records
Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! The Zion Half course has been different the past two years. However, the current course record holders below are based on the original course (last ran in 2016).
Male Overall: Aaron Metler  1:11:51 (2016)
Female Overall: Maria Isabel Perez  1:29:26 (2013)
Male Masters: 
Ryan Shaffer  1:29:59 (2014)
Female Masters: 
Peggy Levin  1:38:48 (2015)

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

Free Training

No matter your skill level, when you're pushing your limits it's nice to have a little guidance. 
We're excited to offer FREE training programs for all skill levels. Check it out ≫

Race Day

The schedule for race day will go as follows:

  • 4:30 am - Start line parking opens & shuttles start loading
  • 4:45 am - First prize raffle at start line
  • 5:00 am - Shuttles depart for start line
  • 6:10 am - Parking lot closes
  • 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 (finish line shuttles start running)
  • 9:45 am - Awards ceremony

When you finish the race, you may grab a food box, a banana, and a chocolate milk. Feel free to hang out at the finish line, make friends, and cheer on other finishers for a while. 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!

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Days
18
Hours
41
Minutes
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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.

Ran this in 2017 and 2018. Very well ran, thank you. Aid stations were very good! Grafton mesa marking was much better this year. I have mixed feelings on the cemetery decent and climb missing, that detail likely helped my overall time but was looking forward to that challenge. Although during the race I was like thank God I'm hanging a left here and not a right down that switch back. Found myself questioning the direction of the path several times, however I expected that and am OK with that. I did not catch the name of the person that did most of the talking at the pre run meeting and did the MC at the finish line this year. Maybe I caught he was the race director. Any way, I was impressed with him. Great character and professionalism with genuine concern for the runners. Such a good race. Next year I will do another VR event.

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Jeff Lewman
Zion Ultras 100 Mile Runner

Note: There is no Wait List!
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