Join Canyonlands Half Marathon & 5-Mile Run
An island of busy civilization in a sea of desert wilderness, Moab is southern Utah’s adventure base camp. Day trippers to Arches or Canyonlands National Parks can return to a hot tub and pub food, a boon after a dusty day on the trail. Unlike the rest of the region, here you can shop for groceries till midnight, buy a bottle of tequila, get a cell signal and even a late dinner.
For those coming from the wilderness, the hubbub can be jarring. Corporate chain motels line Main St, souvenir shops abound and streetlights and neon signs blot out the night sky. Still, there’s a distinct sense of fun in the air. Everyone is here to play in Utah’s recreation capital – from the hiker to the four-wheeler, recreationists’ enthusiasm borders on fetishism.
Runners get the chance to run in the shadow of the majestic red rock formations of Utah’s Arches National Park at the Canyonlands Half Marathon, which will celebrate its annual running as winter is giving way in the spring.
Now one of the Moab area’s most popular outdoor athletic events, the race has seen its field of runners grow from just 21 at its first running to more than 2,700 finishers, thanks in large part to the stunning red rock scenery that lines the course.
Set at a moderate elevation of about 4,000 ft., the half is run on a USATF-certified and sanctioned course that offers a challenging mix of rolling hills and fast descents.
Beginning approximately 11 miles up Highway 128 outside of Moab, the first 11 miles of the race follow the paved highway road as it winds through the beautiful red rock canyons carved by the Colorado River.
Two miles from the finish, the road exits the red-walled canyon and continues on Highway 191 and through the streets of Moab to the finish line in Swanny City Park, where refreshments, live music, and post-race massages await the finishers.
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Aid stations are at HM miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 and have water, Gatorade Endurance Formula and port-a-potties. Clif shots in various flavors are available just before the mile 6 aid station. Medical staff is stationed along the course, at the intersection of Hwy. 128 and 191, and at the finish line.
Finisher medals will be available to all participants that finish within the course limit guidelines. Anyone finishing after the 3:15 cutoff will not be guaranteed a medal. Awards are given to the first place male and female in the following categories: overall, masters, Moab resident. An award will be given to the first overall wheelchair finisher in the Half Marathon.
Durable, reusable tote bags are provided at the Packet Pickup Expo to all participants for storage of clothing from race start. Detach the colored bag tag from your bib and zip tie it securly to your gear bag for identification. Official gear bag transport vehicles are at the half marathon start and convey runners’ items to the finish for pickup after the race. Bags will be arranged by bib number at the Gear Bag Pickup area at Swanny City Park after the race.
3h 15mins time limit.
Races is timed using electronic strips affixed to the back of the bib and timing mats at the starts and finish.
Half Marathon Start shuttle vehicles load between 7:30 and 8:15 am on the south side of Swanny City Park along Park Drive.
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