Saturday, July 10, 2021 • Bryce, UT • Course Map
The Bryce Canyon Half Marathon is a fast, scenic race that takes you through Utah’s spectacular Bryce Canyon National Park, a geologic wonder that lures visitors from around the world with its incredible red rock formations, stunning views of amphitheater-like canyons like Inspiration Point, and wide-open skies.
The point-to-point course is a flat and downhill run, boasting a net elevation loss of 1800 ft. However, with a starting elevation of 7,652 ft., the thin air can be a challenge for runners who are not used to the high altitude.
The race begins at 6:00 AM at Ruby’s Inn on Highway 63, in Bryce, Utah. The course heads north briefly, then turns east onto National Scenic Byway 12, where runners are treated to spectacular views of the sunrise as it lights up the pink cliffs and red walls of the canyon ahead.
For the next four miles, the route descends through Bryce Canyon National Park, offering beautiful vistas of the unique sandstone pinnacles and spires that rise from the bottom of the canyon.
After mile five, the course leaves the park and the downhill becomes more gradual as the route rolls through pastures and ranches, crossing the Tropic Ditch and descending into the town of Tropic.
From there, the course continues eastward along the Paria River and toward the finish in Cannonville, at an elevation of 5,800 feet. Brilliant red and white rock formations frame the finish line, creating a memorable end to the race.
Organizers note that runners must reach the finish line in Cannonville by 9:00 AM — Highway 12 will need to be re-opened to traffic by then — so they’ll have a course time limit of 3 hours to finish the race. They’ll also award $3,000 in cash prizes to the top 5 overall male and female runners.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah, about 260 miles south of Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon Airport typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in July, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 28 degrees (in 1982) and as high as 98 degrees (in 2002).
- July 10 average low temp: 47ºF
- July 10 average high temp: 78ºF
- 2020 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Bryce Canyon Half Marathon Results
- 6:00 AM – half marathon
- 6:30 AM – 5K
Course Time Limit
- $75 – $125 for the half marathon
- $35 – $55 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the summer 2021 running of Utah’s Bryce Canyon Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at RaceEntry.com here.
Official Race Website
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