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!
2019 Zion Half Marathon
February 23, 2019 | Springdale, UT
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Race day countdown!
Early Registration : $115 May 18 – July 1 Regular Registration : $145 July 2 – Nov. 18Late 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.
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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