Take a run along roads and trails with stunning views of the nearby
Wasatch Mountains and the valley below leading into Salt Lake City at
the fourth annual running of Draper's Suncrest Mountain Race, which
will feature the third running of its 13.1-mile half marathon race in
addition to a 5K and 3K "fun run" for runners and walkers.
In previous years, the race featured a 10-mile run in addition to the 5K and 3K; in 2009, the
10-mile race was replaced by the half marathon distance.
All three races in the event start at Village Green Park at the top of
Traverse Ridge Road, which winds up the mountains south of Draper to
the Suncrest area. From there, runners will follow a winding course
around the Suncrest residential area, along both paved neighborhood
streets and the trails through the mountains just south of Village
Green Park. More than 180 runners crossed the finish line in the event's
10-mile and 5K races in 2010.
Runners need to be prepared for a high-elevation run, as the starting
line lies at an elevation of about 6,200 feet above sea level; the 2008
race's 10-mile run featured an overall elevation change of about 1,500
feet, so runners also need to be ready for some challenging uphill and
downhills stretches, especially along the mountain trail sections of
the race course. Those running the half start their race
at 8:00 AM, followed by the 5K and 3K runners and walkers at 9:00 AM.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the edges of Utah's Wasatch mountains, about 20 miles
south of downtown Salt Lake City, the city of Draper typically
experiences warm to occasionally mild weather conditions in the late
summer/early fall, as the area's hot July and August temperatures give
way to usually cooler weather around the time of the race. In
September, the city's average monthly temperatures range between
83°F and 51°F, while rainfall totals average just over
an inch for the month.
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2011 running of Utah's Suncrest
Mountain Race Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.
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