Utah > Moonlight Half Marathon
Mapleton, UT • Friday, August 23, 2013 • Course Map
Instead of running in the heat of mid-morning, ever wanted to run a half marathon race in the middle of the night, under a full moon? You can get your chance at the 6th annual running of Utah's Mapleton Moonlight Half Marathon, which is run in the thick of summer but at night, so the air should be cooled off by the time runners begin their race, between 8:30 and 10:00 PM in the evening.
Planned as a fundraising event for the Mapleton Lateral Canal Parkway Trail -- a paved trailway for running, walking, cycling and hiking that will stretch from nearby Springville at the Hobble Creek Parkway Trail to Spanish Fork, just north of Mapleton -- the race is open to a maximum of 700 entrants, and follows a point-to-point course that starts on Canyon Drive, near the intersection with Left Fork Hobble Creek Road, and finishes at Ira Allen Park in Mapleton.
To get to the starting line, runners are asked to drive to and park at Ira Allen Park (which lies near the intersection of West 1600 South and South 800 West). Race organizers will have shuttle buses waiting to ferry runners to the starting line, the area known as Jolley's Ranch on Canyon Road. Runners will leave the starting line at a time that will get them to the finish line around midnight, by their own estimation -- so faster runners should leave later, and slower runners earlier (to gauge when you should start the race, consult the race's pace chart here).
From the starting line, runners head eastward and northward along Right Fork Hobble Road first, heading to the turnaround point just before the 2nd mile marker and then heading back southward along the road. For the next 11 miles, runners head west through the canyon back toward Mapleton, passing by the Hobble Creek Golf Course along the way.
As runners are passing the mile 7 marker, the course then heads out of the canyon and into the western edges of the city, taking runners toward Main Street and Ira Allen Park for the finish. With the exception of an uphill stretch between the start and the second mile marker, the race unfolds almost entirely downhill for the rest of the race, dropping about 600 feet in elevation from the start to the finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the edge of the Unita National Forest in the northern central part of the state, about 10 miles south of Provo, Mapleton typically experiences moderately warm to hot weather conditions in the late summer season, and usually dry weather year-round.
In August, average monthly temperatures range between 58°F and 90°F -- on Aug. 23, the average low is 57°F and the average high is 89°F -- while rainfall totals average just over an inch for the month.
View the race route map for the Moonlight Half Marathon
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To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of Mapleton's Moonlight Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.
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