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Utah > Striders Memorial Day Classic Half Marathon, 5K & Kids' Mile
Syracuse, UT  •  Monday, May 28, 2012  •  Course Map

Part of a series of races held throughout the late winter and spring here in the Ogden area in northern central Utah, Syracuse's Striders Memorial Day Classic Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Mile race saw just over 300 runners cross the finish line in both of the adult races combined (the 5K and the half marathon) in 2011, including nearly 140 runners in the 13.1-mile race alone.

Organized and run by the owners of Striders Specialty Running store in nearby Layton, Utah, the Memorial Day Classic races are part of an effort to raise both awareness and funds for the No More Victims foundation of Utah's Davis County, which provides support and therapy to children who are victims of sexual abuse. The money raised from the race goes directly to the foundation, which helps victims receive access to therapy and counseling, and helps provide safe environments for these children at a time when the need is especially important.

Runners in the half marathon -- just like those in the 5K -- follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at Syracuse's Jensen Nature Park on Bluff Road. From there, those running in the half marathon follow the route first as it takes them southeast along Bluff Road to the intersection with West Gentile Street, where they turn right and head west along Gentile for just over a mile.

The next turn brings runners onto South 2000 West, where runners turn right and head north toward Syracuse. Runners follow this road for roughly a mile until they meet the intersection with Bluff Road, where they turn left and head onto the paved biking, running and walking trail known as the Old Emigration Trail, which follows the route of the Old Emigration Road that started in Salt Lake City and ended roughly 160 miles to the north in what is now City of Rocks National Reserve park in Idaho.

The race route brings runners just over three miles to the northwest along the trail, which now follows a paved path -- back in the 1840s when the Old Emigration Trail was first used, it took eight days to travel from Salt Lake City to what is now City of Rocks Reserve -- all the way up to the turnaround point at Highway 107. Once runners make the turn, they then head southeast back along the route they've just run, in the opposite direction all the way down to Bluff Road once again.

Before making their way into the finish line, runners make one final loop along the trail the winds alongside Bluff Road and Gentile Street, and then turn back onto the trail off Gentile and head north back to Jensen Nature Park for the finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the eastern side of Utah's Great Salt Lake, just over 13 miles southwest of Ogden and roughly 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, Syracuse typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, when the city's average monthly temperatures average between 71°F and 48°F. On the day of the race (May 28), the average high is 75°F and the average low is 51°F, while rainfall totals average about 2.7 inches for the month, making May the city's wettest month of the year.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Striders Memorial Day Classic Half Marathon


$35 for the half marathon
$25 for the 5K
$15 for the Kids Mile race


To reserve your spot in the Memorial Day 2012 running of Syracuse's Striders Memorial Day Classic Half Marathon, 5K or one-mile race for kids, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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