ZION

Half Marathon

April 28th, 2018   |   Virgin, UT

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Clubs & Trifecta

We like to encourage our runners to get out and enjoy the area where we hold our races, so we designate certain challenging and iconic activities in the park to be a part of our official club hikes and trifecta. We have 3 club hikes plus a less-intense, three-part trifecta!

Club Hikes

We have three club hikes for the Zion Half Marathon: The Observation Club, Double Arch Club, and Eagle Club!

OBSERVATION CLUB

Starting from the Weeping Rock Trailhead take Weeping Rock Trail heading south, then make a right to join East Rim Trail. From here, East Rim heads straight up a slot in Zion Canyon, directly across from Angel’s Landing, so the views are spectacular. Once at the intersection with East Mesa Trail, turn left. Starting from East Rim Trail, East Mesa climbs very steeply, switchbacking multiple times until it eventually contours south of a small mesa. After contouring along this smaller mesa, head left onto Observation Point Trail. The trail works its way out to the edge of the canyon rim and offers absolutely astounding panoramic views.

2015 Observation Club

2016 Observation Club

2017 Observation Club

DOUBLE ARCH CLUB

The hike along the Taylor Creek Trail to Double Arch Alcove is gorgeous and historic. Located about two miles past the Kolob Canyon entrance of Zion National Park, the trail head will take you into a narrow box canyon to the extremely photogenic alcove. As you criss cross along Taylor Creek, you will also pass Larson Cabin and Fife Cabin, two homesteads from the 1930’s. This hike will be most convenient for those who have to head north after the race, or who just want to spend time in Kolob Canyon after the race (which you should!). The trailhead is about two miles in from the Kolob Canyon park entrance!

2016 Double Arch Club​

2017 Double Arch Club​

EAGLES CRAG CLUB

The Eagle Crags Trail, while technically outside the park, is a beautiful and rewarding hike with amazing views of Zion Canyon. It’s a 3-5 hour hike (5.7 miles round trip) up the very scenic Vermillion Cliffs and is located just south of Rockville. To get to the trailhead, take highway 9 out of Springdale towards Rockville. Once in Rockville, take Bridge Rd south until you get to the Trailhead (about 2 miles).

2016 Eagles Crag Club

2017 Eagles Crag Club

PRIZE & REQUIREMENTS » Any runners that take the challenge and complete one of the designated hikes within 72 hours of running the race will officially join the club, get their pictures published on our website, plus receive a commemorative medallion! All you have to do is take a picture of yourself at the designated location which includes:

  1. A clear view of your face
  2. Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
  3. Your finisher medal in plain view
  4. Clear background showing where you are

Trifecta

For those looking for something less strenuous, we have the Zion Trifecta! The Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:

RIVERSIDE WALK (THE NARROWS)

The trail was historically called “Gateway to the Narrows” but is now commonly referred to as Riverside Walk. A nice, paved, 3 mile round trip hike. At the end of the trail you can walk as far down into the Narrows as you dare, taking in the beauty of the area.

CANYON OVERLOOK

Canyon Overlook is only a mile round trip hike! This is perfect for families and offers a wonderful view of the Zion canyon with a look at the famous peaks like Bridge Mountain, West Temple, and The Sentinel. As an added bonus, when you drive up to the parking lot to make the short hike to the lookout, you get to pass through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel!

KOLOB CANYON (TIMBER CREEK OVERLOOK)

Kolob Canyon is Zion’s best kept secret. About an hour north on I-15 from the main park entrance, this part of the park is less often visited by travelers, but it’s amazingly beautiful. The Timber Creek Trail is another short hike (1.2 miles round trip) that offers amazing views of Kolob Canyon. After about a 5 mile drive up the canyon you can park in a parking lot at the trail head.

2014 Zion Trifecta | 2015 Zion Trifecta | 2016 Zion Trifecta | 2017 Zion Trifecta

PRIZE & REQUIREMENTS » You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us* 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will get their pictures published on our website, plus receive a commemorative pin!

*We require that you combine all three trifecta photos into one image file before submitting your entry to the Trifecta. You can download this app to make a collage of your photos on your iPhone or Android.

RETIRED

THE ANGELS CLUB

In late 2015 we decided it was time to retire the Angels Club due to safety hazards and trail preservation.

2013 Angels Club | 2014 Angels Club | 2015 Angels Club

REGISTRATION OPENS

JULY 14, 2017 AT 8AM (MDT)

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