Canyonlands Half Marathon

Saturday, March 12, 2016 • Moab, UT • Course Map

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 & 5-Mile Run, which will celebrate its 41st annual running as winter is giving way in the spring of 2016.

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 in the half marathon and 5-mile races combined in 2015, 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. Participation is limited to the first 5,000 entries for the half marathon and accompanying 5-miler.

While a lottery has been used in the past to allot spaces in the half marathon, organizers note, there will be no lottery for the 2016 race — all spots will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so runners thinking of signing up for this race are strongly encouraged to register as early as possible.

Runners gather at the starting line of the 2011 Canyonlands Half Marathon near Moab, Utah. (Photo by Karah Levely-Rinaldi/flickr)

Runners gather at the starting line of the 2011 Canyonlands Half Marathon near Moab, Utah. (Photo by Karah Levely-Rinaldi/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located just miles from Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah, roughly 230 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Moab typically sees March temperatures that average between 35°F and 63°F, while rainfall is usually scarce year-round, averaging just under an inch for the month.

On the day of the race (March 12), the average low is 34°F and the average high is 63°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Canyonlands Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 9:30 AM – 5-mile run
  • 9:50 AM – half marathon wheelchair start
  • 10:00 AM – half marathon runner start




To reserve your spot in the spring 2016 running of Moab’s Canyonlands Half Marathon or 5-Mile race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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2 comments… add one

  • Estie September 22, 2015, 1:43 pm

    Hi, you guys have conflicting dates showing. FYI. Moab’s Half Marathon page shows the Canyonlands Half Marathon taking place on 3/12…not 3/21.


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