Saturday, May 16, 2020 • Ogden, UT • Course Map
More than 6,000 runners, wheelchair competitors and relay participants brave this northern Utah course each year, which starts in the Wasatch Mountains just outside the city and finishes in its scenic downtown for the annual springtime running of the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay.
The race — which usually sells out far in advance, though it also makes available what it calls VIP slots for both the full and half marathon — offers one of the country’s most beautifully scenic road running courses, complete with a course that runs through mountains, alongside rivers and through downtown city streets.
The course for both the full and the half marathons follows an overall descent from the mountains to the city, with the full, 26.2-mile marathon starting to the east of downtown on Highway 39, and the half marathon starting at the mid-way point of the full marathon, along the northern edge of Pineview Reservoir in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
From there, those running the half follow the route as it winds around the edges of the lake, along Highway 62 until it meets up with Highway 139.
Once they’re on 139, runners head into the Ogden Canyon and the portion of the race that runs alongside the roaring flow of the Ogden River for the next several miles.
From the start of the half-marathon (which lies at about 5,000 feet above sea level), the course stays mostly flat for the first seven miles or so, and then begins to drop in fairly steep descents as runners make their way closer into town along the highway.
The views along this stretch of the race route are truly breathtaking, race organizers say, as the pine-tree-covered slopes of the Wasatch Mountains give way later in the race to steep, sheer rock faces along the mountains, and runners also get to see small neigborhoods of homes along the edges of the river.
By the time runners reach the race finish line, near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and 25th street in downtown Ogden, they will have descended roughly 700 feet in elevation from the start of the half, as the finish line lies at about 4,300 feet above sea level.
Scheduled starting time for the race is 7:00 AM, which means that those running the half will need to have boarded the race buses on Washington Boulevard by 5:00 AM on the morning of the race (5:15 AM for VIP runners).
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northern Utah, just over 35 miles north of Salt Lake City along Interstate 15, Ogden typically experiences mild to moderately warm conditions in the late spring season, as well as its wettest weather of the year on average during the month the race is held.
On race day (May 16), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 72ºF.
- 2019 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Ogden Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Ogden Half Marathon Results
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Zions Bank Ogden Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or Relay, visit the event website below.
Official Race Website
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