Washington City Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Run

Saturday, February 3, 2024 • Washington, UT • Course Map

The southern Utah region known as “Color Country” is the setting for the annual late winter running of Washington’s Washington City Half Marathon & 5K (formerly Dogtown Half Marathon until 2019), which unfolds along paved roads and dirt trails through an area known for both its brilliant blue skies and the red rock formations made famous in photos of its national parks, as well as its mild winter climate.

Designed as a fundraiser for Washington’s Homeless Animal Rescue Team as well as its public safety department, the race’s proceeds will be used to provide shelter to homeless dogs, cats and other animals in the local area, and will be used to help the local police department purchase a dog for use in police work.

The course for the 13.1-mile half marathon race follows a loop course that starts and finishes at the Staheli Family Farm in the area of the city known as Washington Fields. (Runners before 2021 will recognize this location as the finish line of the previous point-to-point course.)

Runners begin the half marathon by winding their way north through Washington Fields for the first four miles of the race, which is mostly downhill with the exception of a few gentle rolling hills.

Around mile 4, the course connects with the Virgin River Trail, where runners will follow the trail for the next three miles. This section of the course is overall uphill, but takes you uphill with small rolling hills; in fact, the difference in elevation for this section of the course is less than 50 feet.

Those slight changes in elevation will serve you well as a warmup for the second half of the race, as you’ll be greeted by a small uphill climb after turning on to Washington Dam Road, along with a couple of more small hills before returning to the finish line at the Staheli Family Farm — with an elevation gain of 364 feet.

A view of Snow Canyon State Park near Washington, Utah. (Photo by John Buie/flickr)

A view of Snow Canyon State Park near Washington, Utah. (Photo by John Buie/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southwestern corner of the state, just a short drive from nearby Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and roughly 300 miles south of Salt Lake City, Washington typically experiences mild to moderately cool and occasionally quite cold temperatures in the late winter season, and mostly dry weather throughout the year.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Dogtown Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

9:00 AM


$50 – $70


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Washington City’s Dog Town Half Marathon, Double Dog Dare, 5K or Kids Run, register online at RaceEntry.com here.

Official Race Website



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3 comments… add one
  • Amy Olsen January 28, 2023, 10:17 pm

    Who can I talk to about changing my half-marathon registration to the 10k race instead? I can’t find an email or number connect to the Washington half marathon race anywhere.

  • jim stradinger February 28, 2017, 8:44 pm

    still cant pullup 5 k results

  • Lori J Walker February 3, 2016, 10:48 am

    I have been trying to register for your half marathon for me and 5K for my husband and am having no luck I went on evenbright sight like it said and It said I had to put in a code. I am to late for the one I found??? Can you give me another one so I can register??? Lori J Walker 801-641-7953


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