Saturday, August 1, 2015 • Parowan, UT • Course Map
This small city of roughly 3,000 people, which bills itself as the “mother town of southern Utah,” plays host to the 5th annual running this year 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.
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, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 35°F (in 1980) and as high as 100°F (in 1960).
On race day (Aug. 1), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 88ºF.
See race website
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2015 running of the Parowan City Yankee Meadow Run Half Marathon, register online at RaceEntry.com here.
Official Race Website
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