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Utah > The Trails River Run Half Marathon, 5K & 20-Miler
St. George, UT



Saturday, September 5, 2009

Event Details

Runners follow a hilly, rugged course that hugs Utah's winding Santa Clara River at the annual late summer running of The Trails River Run Half Marathon, 5K & 20-Mile race, which follows a point-to-point route from the town of Gunlock to the northwest of Ivins all the way down past the reservoir that goes by the same name, to Unity Park in the town of Ivins, which lies just a short drive northwest of St. George.

The final race in a three-race series of events organized by the St. George Running Center -- which also includes June's Speedster 10K & 5K and the Pine Valley 10K & 5K in August -- the Trails River Run features gorgeous views of the arid desert landscape of southwestern Utah throughout the entire race route. Runners can expect to encounter numerous rolling hills along the course, especially the steep downhill stretch in the race's early going around the Gunlock Reservoir, and the steep hills both down into and up out of the canyon near the Shivwits reservation in the second half of the race.

After making their way past the Shivwits reservation, runners continue on along Old Highway 91, which includes some rolling hills and one final climb before the field turns onto 400 South, which begins the final -- and flat! -- stretch homeward toward the finish line at Unity Park. Just over 190 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined in 2008, with 77 of those runners completing the half marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southwesternmost corner of Utah, just miles from nearby Snow Mountain State Park and the city of St. George, the small town of Ivins typically experiences very hot and dry weather conditions in the summer months, when temperatures regularly top 100 degrees. In September, the town's average monthly temperatures range between 93°F and 60°F, while rainfall totals average just over half an inch for the month.


$25 for the half marathon
$15 for the 5K
$30 for the 20-mile run


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2009 running of Utah's The Trails River Run Half Marathon, 5K or 20-Miler, print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.



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