Utah > Timpanogos Half Marathon & Sogonapmit Marathon
American Fork, UT • Saturday, July 27, 2013 • Course Map
Seven miles of running along the highway that winds through Utah's scenic American Fork Canyon, followed by miles that combine stretches along residential streets with sections along biking and jogging paths through wooded parks -- that's what awaits runners at Utah's Timpanogos Half Marathon and Sogonapmit Marathon, set for its 3rd annual running in mid-summer 2013.
While the race starts at a high elevation, especially if you're not used to running at this altitude -- the starting line at the Tibble Fork Reservoir lies at just over 6,400 feet above sea level in the Wasatch Mountains to the northeast of American Fork -- the course follows a long, gradual downhill descent from the start to the finish line, shedding about 1,800 feet of elevation over the race's 13.1 miles by the time runners reach the finish line near St. Peters Catholic Church.
Along the way, runners get a chance to trek through some of northern Utah's most beautiful scenery, as the mountains of American Fork Canyon rise over both sides of the highway during the first half of the race, which brings runners down from Tibble Fork along American Fork Canyon Road and the Alpine Scenic Highway, which will be closed to auto traffic during the race. Off in the distance, runners will be able to see the peaks of mountains like Mount Timpanogos, and will pass by Timpanogos Cave National Monument along the way.
Runners should note that the race starts at 6:00 AM -- both to get in the race before the warmer weather occurs later in the day, and to take advantage of the chance to see these gorgeous mountains and canyons at or near sunrise, which race organizers say occurs at about 6:22 AM. Though runners are welcome to bring headlamps with them for the race, organizers add that they aren't a necessity. Temperatures also will be cooler at the higher elevations than in downtown American Fork.
In addition to the half marathon, the race organizers also plan to offer what they call the Sogonapmit full marathon, a 26.2-mile run that starts at the finish line for the Timpanogos Half and meets up for its half-way point at the half marathon starting line, at the Tibble Fork Reservoir.
There, runners in the Sogonapmit marathon then head back down through the canyon to the finish line near the church. Open to 100 runners only, the Sogonapmit race is "not for the faint of heart," organizers add, as you'll experience an elevation gain of 1,800 feet during the race's first 13.1 miles.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just above Utah Lake in northern central Utah, about 14 miles northwest of Provo and roughly 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, American Fork typically sees its warmest weather of the year in July, when the city's average monthly temperatures range between 90°F and 59°F.
On the day of the race (July 27), the average high is 91°F and the average low is 61°F, while rainfall is scarce this time of year, averaging just under an inch for the month.
View the race route map for the Timpanogos Half Marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered by February 14, 2013
$70 between Feb. 15 - April 15
$75 between April 16 - July 15
To reserve your spot in the summer 2013 running of American Fork's Timpanogos Half Marathon, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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