2020 Zion Half Marathon

February 29, 2020  |  Springdale, UT

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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 of Zion. This race has sold out for the last 6 years and we expect registration to fill up fast. Don't miss this chance to run in the desert and end in the lovely town of Springdale.

Quick Info

Race Details

Date: February 29, 20​20
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

Zion Canyon Village in front of Cable Mountain Lodge in Springdale, UT (147 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, UT 84767)
February 28, 2020 from 12pm-6pm

Bib & Packet Pickup
Expo pickup recommended. Other options

Registration Periods & Pricing

Early: $120 May 3 – Jun. 30
Regular:  $145 Jul. 1 – Nov. 17
Late: $165 Nov. 18 – 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 (expo)
Race Start Line

La Verkin
St. George

The Course

The course has returned to its original home! 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. 

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)

Aid Stations

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course beginning around mile 3. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly electrolyte drink, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. 

All stations are cup-free so plan to bring your own hydration solution or request a free HydraPouch when you register. 

Additional Details

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)

Getting to the Race

The race begins in the town of Virgin, UT where Camino Del Rio & Kolob Terrace Rd. converge onto Highway 9. Runners can either drive to a parking area near the start line, get dropped off, or sign up to take a morning shuttle from 4 locations in Springdale. 

More details on getting to the race >

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:

  • 5:00 am - Start line parking opens & shuttles start loading
  • 5:10 am - Last-minute bib pickup opens (at start line)
  • 5:15 am - First prize raffle
  • 6:40 am - Start line parking lot closes
  • 6:45 am - Runners line up at starting line
  • 6:55 am - National Anthem
  • 7:00 am - Race Starts 
  • 9:45 am - Awards ceremony

More race day details including spectator information >

Club Hikes & Trifecta

Package Pricing

Countdown to registration


Registration Periods

Early Registration: $120 May 3 – Jun. 30
Regular Registration:  $145 Jul. 1 – Nov. 178
Late Registration: $165 Nov. 18 – 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.

Rocky mountain and Joshua Tree were the two hardest races I've done, but they were completely worth it! Grand Canyon has so far been my favorite! Beautiful course, spirited people, and amazing staff. Not to mention the race shirts always have great designs! My goal is to complete all NP half marathons. I will be doing Zion, Yosemite, and hopefully Lake Powell next year 2018! Thank you Vaction Races for the fun times and everlasting memories.

Shayna Buffalow
Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree Runner

Note: There is no Wait List!
Sign up for the race as soon as possible. When a race 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.

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