Provo City Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, May 5, 2018 • Provo, UT • Course Map

Sandwiched between the majestic mountain peaks and ski resorts to the west and the crystal waters of Utah Lake and Provo Bay to the immediate east, this Utah Valley city plays host in the spring to the Provo City Half Marathon & 5K, which takes runners on a tour of both the area’s urban and natural sights and attractions.


Like its late summer counterpart, the Provo River Trail Half Marathon, this race event takes runners along some of the same trails, offering both a fun and challenging course, organizers say. The race is presented by Smile! Center of Utah, and saw more than 900 runners cross the finish line in all races in 2016, including more than 620 in the half marathon.

This point-to-point race starts in the mountains above the city on South Fork Road, and from there heads west and south toward downtown Provo. Runners will stay on the Provo River Parkway for much of the first half of the race, paralleling Provo Canyon Road as it descends from the mountains into the city, losing about 900 feet of elevation over the course of the race’s 13.1 miles.

Runners leave the Provo River Parkway just after mile 8 and head onto University Avenue, which takes them into the race finish at the intersection with Center Street.

The course is considered an excellent early-season preparation run for the state’s number of marathon and half-marathon events later in the year, organizers add, as well as an opportunity to run amongst some its most beautiful scenery.

The course, like the city as a whole, lies within the shadow of Mount Timpanagos, Cascade Mountain and Provo and Freedom Peaks, well known for their hiking and camping and made famous (or infamous, rather) as the onetime hideout of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Mount Timpanogos, which looks out onto Provo, Utah. (Photo by Michael Jolley/flickr)

Mount Timpanogos, which looks out onto Provo, Utah. (Photo by Michael Jolley/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the eastern shoreline of Utah Lake in northern central Utah, about 45 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City, Provo typically sees cool to warm weather in May, while rainfall totals average just over 2 inches for the month (making May among the city’s wetter months of the year).

On race day (May 5), the average low is 44ºF and the average high is 71ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Provo City Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 9:00 AM – 5K
  • 10:00 AM – kids’ marathon

Fees

  • $65 – $100 for the half marathon
  • $20 – $40 for the 5K
  • $15 – $20 for the kids marathon

Registration

To reserve your spot in the late spring 2018 running of the Provo City Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.

Official Race Website

www.run13.com

Facebook Conversations

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5 comments… add one
  • Patti Miner May 6, 2016, 10:22 pm

    We have a Wedding Sat May 7th at Timpanogas Bowery and NEED to get up there early to set up. How can we go around the marathon if Univ Ave is closed.
    Our Wedding is in the morning at the City Center Temple at 11am
    How do we get our whole party there when some live up by Timpview High School…
    Patti 801 404 0478

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  • Mike April 1, 2016, 9:48 am

    Are walkers allowed in the half?

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  • Shannah September 13, 2015, 4:52 pm

    Hello! Are dogs allowed in the half marathon race?

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  • Iris April 30, 2015, 7:43 pm

    Hello, I am running the 5K on Saturday, where do I pickup my package?
    thank you

    Reply

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