Saturday, February 6, 2021 • Sedona, AZ • Course Map
If you’ve ever seen the famous video of U2’s 1983 “Under a Blood Red Sky” concert at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, then you’ve caught a glimpse of the kind of dramatic landscapes and gorgeous scenery that await the more than 2,000 runners who take part each year in the Sedona Half Marathon & 5K, which takes participants through the heart of central Arizona’s red rock spires and mountain valleys.
A challenging, hilly, high-elevation race, the half marathon portion of the Sedona race event follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the city’s Red Rock High School just off Highway 89A, and features a variety of surface terrain, from dirt roads to paved highways.
From the start at the school’s track and field facility, the course takes runners first eastward and then northward along 89A and then Dry Creek Road, crossing Dry Creek and then turning onto Boynton Pass Road. At about the 6.5 mile point, the race reaches its turnaround point and begins the course back toward the start.
This race is most definitely filled with hills — from the starting elevation of about 4,450 feet above sea level, the course rises and falls to a low of about 4,300 feet and a peak of just over 4,650 feet above sea level (near the halfway turnaround point). The course’s peak elevations occur at three major hills, around miles 3, 7 and 9. Runners should arrive a day early, if possible, to acclimatize themselves to Sedona’s altitude.
Walkers are welcome in the half marathon; they will need to be able to complete the race’s 13.1 miles within the 5-hour course time limit.
Race Climate & Weather
Surrounded by arid, desert-like terrain that sees highly variable weather year-round, the Sedona area experiences temperatures in January that average between 30°F and 56°F. Rainfall totals average 2.1 inches for the month, making January Sedona’s third-wettest month of the year.
On the day of the race (Feb. 6), the average low is 32°F and the average high is 58°F.
- 2020 Sedona Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Sedona Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Sedona Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Sedona Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Sedona Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Sedona Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Sedona Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Sedona Half Marathon Results
See the Sedona Half Marathon course map here.
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:10 AM – 10K
- 8:20 AM – 5K
- $30 for the half marathon
- $35 for the full marathon
- $25 for the 10K
- $20 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the winter 2021 virtual running of the Sedona Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunSignUp.com by clicking here.