Saturday, September 3, 2016 • Beaver, UT • Course Map
The high mountain vistas, gorgeous natural beauty and brilliant blue skies of southern Utah are on display for the runners who head out to this small, remote city for the Beaver Canyon Half Marathon, which is set for its 5th running this summer.
Named for the band of outlaws led by Butch Cassidy who, as legend has it, in the 1880s made this corner of southern Utah their temporary home on cattle rustling forays here in the West, the Outlaw Run Half Marathon takes runners on a scenic out-and-back loop route that starts and finishes at the city’s baseball complex just off North Creek Road, and runs in the shadow of the nearby Tushar Mountains.
Runners will need to be ready for a high-elevation run, as the start and finish line lies at roughly 6,000 feet above sea level, and the course reaches a peak elevation of about 6,350 feet before beginning a long, steady downhill slope over most of the middle portion of the race.
The first four miles or so are uphill as runners make their way northward along North Creek Road; once they make the turn onto North Creek Loop, that’s where the downhill stretch begins.
Most of the rest of the route, which unfolds westward along North Creek Loop Road and southward along Manderfield Road (Highway 357), brings runners down a long, gradual downhill, with the exception of a final mild uphill stretch over the last couple of miles after runners make the turn onto Center Street back in town.
The course then turns again on North Creek Road before bringing runners back to the baseball complex for the finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in Utah’s southwestern corner, roughly 200 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, the city of Beaver typically sees warm and usually dry weather in September, which has brought record temperatures as low as 16°F (in 1965) and as high as 97°F (in 1950).
On race day (Sept. 3), the average low is 46ºF and the average high is 83ºF.
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To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Beaver Canyon Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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