Utah > The Dam Half Marathon
Heber City, UT • Saturday, October 19, 2013 • Course Map
Filled with some steep and challenging hills here in the region known as the Heber Valley, shadowed by the nearby Wasatch Mountains just to the east of Salt Lake City, the course for the all-new Dam Half Marathon takes runners along the shoreline of the Deer Creek Dam Reservoir, for a point-to-point race that starts at the dam and finishes in Heber City, where runners will cross the finish line in front of the historic Heber Valley railroad depot.
The registration fee even includes fare for a one-way ticket on the railroad from the finish line area, where runners will gather on the morning of the race, to the race starting line at Deer Creek Dam. The railroad ride takes runners through a piece of the valley's history, as the rail line dates all the way back to 1899, when it first began service for both freight and passengers as part of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad between Heber City and Provo.
Abandoned in the late 1960s, the railroad came to life again a few years later as a tourist attraction, and was renamed the "Heber Creeper," presumably for its slow path along the tracks. Though this rail line too went out of service for a few years, it was reborn in the 1990s and saw its use climb back in to the spotlight at the 2002 Winter Olympics, when it ferried spectators back and forth to the Soldier Hollow ski resort, where the biathlon and cross-country skiing events took place.
Runners will get to trek right alongside the path of the railroad at the Dam Half, which follows the Provo-Joran River Parkway trail for the first 7 1/2 miles of the half marathon route. About eight feet wide and made up of natural surface trails, the parkway stretches some 40 miles between the Heber Valley and the Great Salt Lake area, following largely along the path of Utah's Jordan River.
After runners pass the mile 7 marker and hit Stringtown Road, the course then heads onto paved roads, which continues all the way in to the finish line in Heber City at the railroad depot.
Organizers note that this isn't an easy race -- it's filled with hills, some steep (especially as runners are approaching the mid-point of the race), and features an overall elevation climb of about 400 feet over the course of the race. The scheduled starting time for the race is 8:00 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled in the area known as the Heber Valley in central northern Utah, about 45 miles east of Salt Lake City, Heber City typically sees October temperatures that average between 31°F and 67°F, while rainfall totals average just over 1.6 inches for the month (snowfall averages about 1.8 inches for the month).
On the day of the race (Oct. 19), the average low is 30°F and the average high is 66°F.
View the race route map for the Dam Half Marathon
$35 for the half marathon, if registered by August 17, 2013
$45 after Aug. 17
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2013 running of Heber City's Dam Half Marathon, visit the event website.
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