Zion Half Marathon 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
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).
Pricing & Registration Periods
Early : May 18–July 1 2018 Regular : Jul. 2–Nov. 18 2018Late: Nov. 19–Race Expo
Missed out on the 2019 Zion Half Marathon?
You can still join 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.
Great news... we're back to our original Springdale course in 2019! For the past two years, we've had to move our course due to road construction on SR-9. The 2019 race will return to the original course route.
The race begins in Virgin, UT where participants will run on a partially closed road that winds and climbs uphill as it follows the curves of the Virgin River.
You'll run on Hwy 9 through small but unique towns before getting on a paved path parallel to the road passing the town of Grafton and through Rockville with stunning views of the south west side of Zion.
You'll finish in Springdale in front of Cable Mountain Lodge near the gateway to the South entrance of Zion National Park!
We'll post more detailed info to this page soon. For now, suffice it to say that this is our most popular course and we've trying to get back to it for a few years.
We are pleased to share a FREE half marathon training program customized for this course to help you prepare. We've teamed up with Active at Altitude as the Official Training Partner to offer 2 levels of training:
These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks.
Choose from 3 packet pickup options when you register for the race:
Option #1: Race Expo
The race expo which will be held outdoors on Friday, February 22nd, 2019 from 12pm to 6pm (with bib pickup available until 7pm) right next to Cable Mountain Lodge in Springdale, UT.
Option #2: Race Morning
There will be a limited amount of time to pick up your packet near the starting line on race morning if you couldn't make it to the expo. The race starts promptly at 7am so arrive early!
Option #3: Shipped Before the Race ($20 - US addresses only)
If you know you won't arrive until the very last minute you can choose to have your bib shipped to you ahead of race day (US addresses only). There is a $20 shipping & handling fee for this option. Once your package is shipped, you are officially checked in to the race and no longer qualify for a refund, deferment, or transfer.
Bring Your Own Bag
In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste during our races, our expos are bagless events. We encourage you to BYOB (bring your own bag) to hold your bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up from the race expo!
If you are unhappy with the fit of your race shirt, or were unable to order the size you wanted, we will have a shirt exchange available at the finish line on race day. Please note that sizes and quantity will be limited.
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'll be exactly.
You'll find toilets, water, GoGnarly electrolyte drink and Honey Stinger gels at every aid station. Usually around miles 7 and 11 we'll have cut fruit and bananas.
Every aid station will have basic first aid supplies and there are usually EMT's near mile 7.
All races are cup-free so there won't be disposable cups available. When you register you will have the option to receive a free hydrapouch with your registration or you can use you own hydration system.
Race Weekend Schedule
Friday - Race Expo
10 am–6pm (packet pickup until 7pm)
Cable Mountain Lodge
Springdale, UT 84767
Saturday - Race Day
4:00 am » Parking lot opens
4:15 » Shuttles begin loading
4:45 » First prize raffle
5:00 » Last shuttle departs for start
6:15 » Runners line up & last call for gear check
6:25 » National Anthem
6:30 » Race starts!
9:15 » Awards Ceremony
Parking and Shuttles
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. Runners getting dropped off should also go to the start line.
Race day 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
Visit the A to Zion website before you visit to find lodging, dining, and activities near Zion and the greater St. George Area. They are a comprehensive resource to help you make your travel plans.
We want to help you make the most out of your vacation. Here is some general information as well as some links to our sponsors.
Look for flights into the following airports:
St. George Regional Airport (SGU)
This is the closest airport by far, but it’s a regional airport so tickets can be more expensive. Delta services St. George and the airport is new so if possible, definitely fly in to St. George.
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC)
Cedar City is a similar option to St. George Regional Airport. Delta also services Cedar City.
McCarran International Airport (LAS)
This is the next closest at about 2.5 hours away in Las Vegas. It’s an interesting drive through the desert and then a beautiful drive through the Virgin River Gorge. Just follow the driving directions from Southern Nevada above. Car rentals tend to be inexpensive in Las Vegas, but there are no real onsite rentals. You have to take a shuttle to the car rental center, and two shuttles if you rent from an off brand agency. Most major airlines fly into Las Vegas so finding a good deal should be simple.
Salt Lake International Airport (SLC)
Salt Lake is another option that will work for some. It's nearly 5 hours away, but depending on your post race activities, it may be a good option for you. Salt Lake City serves most major airlines and is a Delta hub. Car rentals are cheap and the airport isn’t huge so it’s very easy to navigate.
Where to Stay
There are many hotel options in the area, but please plan accordingly for travel time to the start line on race morning! The race start is located in Virgin, UT. There are numerous hotels near the south entrance of Zion National Park.
We recommend looking for lodging in the following towns:
- Virgin (closest)
- La Verkin
- Springdale (Cable Mountain Lodge and Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens are close to the expo and finish line)
- St George (furthest)
If camping is more your style you can find dispersed camping in the area around the race on the BLM website, here.
ZION RIVER RESORT » If you’re looking for less-primitive camping or RV hookups, Zion River Resort is a great option, and its a pretty short walk to the start line! Zion River Resort has a pool, restrooms, laundromat, and more on site.
WATCHMAN & SOUTH CAMPGROUNDS » If you’re fine with about a 25 minute drive to the start line, these campgrounds are excellent options! A plus is that your campground is near the expo and finish line. These campgrounds are immediately inside the park on the South entrance. Reservations need to be made 6 months before your arrival date. Make a reservation for Watchman. South Campground is available on a first come first served basis and is more primitive with no hook-ups at all.
Additional Hotel Options
We've partnered with Booking.com to search for the best hotel options in the area. Check them out below!
Travel times do not account for traffic. You should expect lots of traffic on race morning, so please leave early!
Where to Eat
These restaurants are always popular with our runners:
If you're staying La Verkin or Hurricane, don’t forget to stop and get the best coffee in the world at River Rock Roasting Company!
Finally, you can always trust Yelp.
Things to See & Do
Club Hikes & Trifecta
We want you to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery near the race so we designate certain challenging and iconic activities in the National Park to be a part of our official club hikes and trifecta. We have 3 club hikes plus a less-intense, three-part trifecta!
Do one of these Club Hikes within 72 hours of the race to receive a club hike medallion. Completing the the Trifecta Challenge within 72 hours earns you an official Trifecta pin!
Afterwards, send us a picture of yourself to officially join the club! The photo must be sent within 72 hours of the race and must include:
Following the race we'll post a link to the form for submitting your photos. Good luck!
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.
* This hike is 8 miles and can take up to 6 hours to complete
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!
Eagle Crags 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).
For those looking for something challenging but 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.
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 (a.k.a., "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.
*This hike takes about 1.5 hours to complete
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!
* This hike is one mile and takes about an hour to complete
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.
*This hike is 0.5 miles and takes about an hour to complete
Other Things to Do
Whether you're hiking the Narrows, tubing the Virgin River, or biking the Pa’rus, Zion Outfitter can make your journey an experience of a lifetime. They have the latest information on trail conditions and have all the gear you would need to have a simple and enjoyable adventure inside Zion National Park.