Utah > Parowan City Half Marathon - Yankee Meadow Run
Parowan, UT • Saturday, August 3, 2013 • Course Map
This small city of roughly 3,000 souls, which bills itself as the "mother town of southern Utah," plays host in the late summer of 2013 to the 3rd annual running of the Parowan City Half Marathon - Yankee Meadow Run, which takes runners on a long, gradual downhill run from the mountains just south of town all the way back into downtown for the finish.
Overall, runners will experience an elevation drop of about 2,300 feet over the course of the race, which starts at the Yankee Meadows Reservoir up in the Dixie National Forest here in southeastern Utah, which is made up of roughly 2 million acres of woods filled with aspen, spruce, scrub oak, juniper and maple trees, as well as dramatic rock formations like the Vermillion Castle, where hikers can climb to the top of its cliffs and peer over the mountains.
From the starting line at the reservoir, runners then make their way down First Left Hand Road, which leads them northeast down into the forest for roughly the first three miles. Where the route intersects with Yankee Road, runners then turn left and head northwest, following the meandering Yankee Road as it winds its way along the ridgeline through the mountains until they meet up with Highway 143 between the mile 7 and mile 8 markers, and turn right.
The next stretch of the race follows a gentle, very gradual downhill descent over the second half of the race, as runners make their way north toward Parowan, the hometown of the former Guinness Book of World Records record-holder for the world's longest lawnmower ride. Local resident Ryan Tripp, at the time a 14-year-old living here with his family, started his trip in 1997 in Salt Lake City and drove his lawnmower all the way to Washington, D.C., a journey of more than 3,000 miles -- and raised more than $15,000 for a kidney transplant for a little girl along the way.
Once runners make their way into Parowan, they take a brief loop around the edges of town, heading along West 100 South, 3rd W Street and East 400 N before turning North 300 E to head in to the finish line just off Clinic Way, at the Iron County Fair Building. Shuttle bus transportation to the starting line will be provided from the Iron County Fairgrounds -- the last shuttle is scheduled to leave at 7:00 AM.
Just under 180 runners crossed the finish line at the race's inaugural running in 2011 -- 81 men and 98 women.
Race Weather & Climate
Located near Utah's southeastern corner, about 72 miles northeast of St. George and roughly 190 miles southwest of Provo, Parowan typically sees mild to sometimes very warm weather in August, when average monthly temperatures range between 52°F and 86°F.
On the day of the race (Aug. 3), the average low is 55°F and the average high is 88°F, while rainfall totals average about 1.5 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Parowan City Half Marathon
$35 for the half marathon, if registered by July 31, 2013
$45 between August 1 - 3
$25 for Parowan city residents
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of the Parowan City Yankee Meadow Run Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
www.parowanhalf.com • Facebook fan page
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