Saturday, July 18, 2020 • Bountiful, UT • Course Map
Part of this northern Utah city’s annual Handcart Days Festival — which commemorates the contributions of the pioneers who helped found and build the settlements that later became what we know today as Bountiful and Salt Lake City, and coincides with the state’s Pioneer Day holiday — the Handcart Days Half Marathon makes its 13th annual running this year.
Runners will follow an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near Bountiful’s South Davis Recreation Center on North 200 West. From there, runners head north and then west through the city along West Pages Lane, followed by a few turns that take runners into nearby West Bountiful and out to the trail that runs alongside the Legacy Parkway.
Though there are few hills in the first couple of miles of the race, once runners pass the mile 3 marker along the Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail, the next several miles feature nearly all-flat terrain.
Just before hitting the mile 3 marker, runners turn right and head onto the Legacy Parkway Trail, which stretches nearly a dozen miles between North Salt Lake at its southernmost point, all the way north to Farmington.
The half marathon route will keep runners on the trail for nearly three miles, bringing them back under the Legacy Parkway highway before hitting the mile 8 marker.
Once runners make their way back onto the roadways at North 1250 West, they’ll then continue south for about a mile and a half until they hit Porters Lane, where they turn right and head west again toward the Legacy Parkway.
At the parkway, they’ll turn left on North 1100 West and then left again on West Pages Lane, for a long straightaway that brings them back to North Main Street, and the home stretch in toward the finish line back at the recreation center.
In addition to the half marathon, there’s also a 5K and a Pioneer Petes’ 1K race — just over 630 runners crossed the finish line in all three races combined in 2016, including 220 finishers in the half marathon.
Race Weather & Climate
Located a few miles north of Salt Lake City in central northern Utah, Bountiful typically sees its warmest and driest weather of the year in July, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 47 degrees (in 1986) and as high as 104 degrees (in 2002).
On race day (July 18), the average low is 64°F and the average high is 89°F.
- 2019 Handcart Days Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Handcart Days Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Handcart Days Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Handcart Days Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Handcart Days Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Handcart Days Half Marathon Results
- 6:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:00 AM – 5K
- 7:45 AM – 1K
- $35 – $60 for the half marathon
- $25 – $40 for the 5K
- $12 – $20 for the 1K
To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Bountiful’s Handcart Days Half Marathon, 5K or 1K, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
Ever run in the Handcart Days Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.