2019 Zion Half Marathon

February 23, 2019  |  Springdale, UT

Race day has passed, but the memories will last!

Thanks for braving the frigid temperatures and snow to join us in Zion.
We hope you'll run with us again soon!

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 location update!!!
Zion Canyon Village in front of Cable Mountain Lodge in Springdale, UT (147 Zion Park Boulevard, Springdale, UT 84767)
February 22, 2019 from 1pm-6pm

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: yes (no fee)
*Regular Registration: yes ($10 fee). *Late Registration: NO
*Refunds not available due to weather

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

Race Guide
View the race guide here!

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. 

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

Race day countdown!


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.

I have been in an athlete and race coordinator for a lot of years! I was super impressed with the organization and flawlessness of this race. And special Kudos to your staff and volunteers - so helpful, supportive, and kind! I currently work for the Huntsman World Senior Games and LOVED your recycle bins - could you share with me where you get them? Thanks for an amazing day and a Race so Well Done!

Michelle Graves
Zion 50K Runner

Note: There is no Wait List!
Sign up for the race you want to run as soon as possible. When a race distance 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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