Saturday, July 4, 2015 • Copperton, UT • Course Map
You guessed it — it’s all about the bacon at the 13 Miles of Bacon, “not your average half marathon” according to the race organizers, who have put together what must be one of the country’s only races where you get to eat a slice of bacon for every mile you run.
Runners start the race at Copperton Park in the small village of Copperton, which lies between the Bingham Canyon copper mine up in the nearby Oquirrh Mountains and Salt Lake City to the northeast, roughly a half-hour’s drive away.
From the starting line inside the park next to its gazebo and tennis courts, runners exit the park and begin the one-mile loop that unfolds along Hillcrest Street, Dryfork Road, Bingham Highway and Apex Road. They’ll run that same loop 13 times before they head back into the park to cross the finish line.
Along the way, there will be one aid station stocked with — you guessed it again! — bacon. Every runner will get the chance to eat a slice of bacon at the aid station, and for every slice you’ll get to cut 30 seconds off your final race finish time.
The organizers add that there’s no requirement for eating the bacon — you can let it pass by uneaten if you like. “We understand, it might not sit well,” they add in their official race website. But if you do eat it, you have to keep it down in order to keep the 30-second reductions off your finishing time — “no spitting it out when you get 50 yards down the street,” they add.
After the race, there’s a big breakfast waiting for everyone, they add — eggs, hash browns, pancakes and more bacon for the runners, their family and friends.
Race Weather & Climate
Located near the base of the Oquirrh Mountains in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, and about 25 miles southwest of downtown Salt Lake City, Copperton typically sees its warmest and driest weather of the year in July, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 39F (in 1992) and as high as 107F (in 2002).
On race day (July 4), the average low is 57ºF and the average high is 88ºF.
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:30 AM – 5K
- 9:00 AM – 1-mile kids’ race
- $40 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2014
- $50 between January 1 – May 31, 2015
- $60 between June 1 – 15
- $65 between June 16 – July 2
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of Utah’s 13 Miles of Bacon Half Marathon, 5K or Kids’ Mile race, register online at RaceEntry.com here.
Official Race Website
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