Zion Half Marathon
SOLD OUT for 2018

April 28th, 2018  |  8:00 am
Virgin, UT

We're returning to the west side of the park this year with a new course on Smith Mesa Rd! This new course is just north of Virgin, UT off Kolob Terrace Rd., and offers AMAZING views into the west side of the park!

The Course

New year, new course! Due to continued construction on SR-9, we will be running the Zion Half Marathon on Smith Mesa in 2018. The course is going to be a gorgeous run on the West side of the park.

While you run, you’ll get amazing panoramic views of Zion. Though not technically "trail" the course is all dirt road, and will be cutting through a private ranch. (Please note, the course is subject to change.)

The start and finish will be at the same location (no shuttles!) and the race expo will be held at the Virgin Park in Virgin, UT. The expo will run from 11am-6pm with bib pick up available until 7pm. 

Plan Ahead

Though absolutely gorgeous, this course location is very remote. Depending on where you are coming from on race morning, plan on an hour (at minimum) of drive time to get up to the start line parking from the town of Virgin, UT below. 

What if it rains?

For specifics of what we're doing to minimize the risks and consequences of bad weather, please review the course details.

Traveling to Zion

Where to Stay

We recommend camping near the race either at the official Vacation Races Campground (4x4 required), or on BLM land nearby. If camping isn't your thing, there are some hotels located about an hour away in: 

  • Virgin
  • LaVerkin
  • Hurricane
  • Springdale
  • St. George

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

There's no street address for the starting point, but you can tap this link on your phone to open it in your GPS app.

Bib & Packet Pickup

You have a couple of options for picking up your bib and race packet including: at the Race Expo, at the Start Line, or mailed to you (mailed bibs go out about two weeks before the race).

Read more about your options here.


We are pleased to share with you FREE training programs to prepare for the Zion Half Marathon!

Active at Altitude has teamed up with Vacation Races to be the Official Training Partner and offers two levels of training plans for each race. The Beginner program is 16 weeks, and the Intermediate program is 12 weeks. These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks. 

Race Day

The starting line, finish line, and Vacation Races Campground are all at the same location on Smith Mesa Rd. Bib pickup will be held off the mountain in the town of Virgin. There will be plenty of free parking for everyone at each location. (There won't be any shuttles from surrounding towns, so plan to drive.) There isn't a physical address to the start and finish, but you can get directions here.

The tentative schedule for race day will be:

  • 7:15 am - Last call for bib pickup
  • 7:45 am - Runners line up at starting line
  • 7:50 am - National Anthem
  • 8:00 am - Race Starts.
  • 10:45 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!

Package Pricing

Countdown to race day!


I can't wait!!!!

Made it to the Tetons in '16 with college teammates, the Smokies this year with other college teammates. And plan on Glacier (and Smokies) in '18 and Zion in '19! I can't wait!!!!

Janelle H.
Teton & Smokies Runner

Zion Half Marathon

April 28th, 2018

  • Zion Half Marathon Race Entry
  • Race Shirt
  • Race Bib
  • Hydrapouch (if requested)
  • Finisher Medal

$160 / runner

$110 / runner

Registration Periods

Early Bird: Jul. 14, 2017 – Sep. 17, 2017
Regular: Sep. 18, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2018
Late: Feb. 5, 2017 – Apr. 27, 2018