Saturday, April 18, 2020 • Salt Lake City, UT • Course Map
After its inaugural running in 2004, the Salt Lake City Marathon was listed among the 12 new favorites by Runner’s World magazine in its January 2005 Marathon Guide and described as “Big Fun, Big Scenery, Big Rewards.”
In 2006, race directors added a half marathon to the mix, taking advantage of the fun, festive atmosphere of the full marathon and offering runners the most scenic parts of the course, but at only half the distance.
The marathon weekend also includes a Quality of Life Expo, Bike Tour, Select Health Kids Marathon and a 5K. The race has only grown in popularity since then, as more than 4,000 runners crossed the finish line in all three running events each year, including more than 3,000 runners in the half marathon alone.
Both the marathon and the half are point-to-point, USATF-certified courses that take runners through the heart of Salt Lake City, offering beautiful views of the surrounding snow-capped Wasatch mountains.
Starting at an elevation of just over 4,800 feet, the half marathon course offers mostly flat and downhill running, with a net elevation loss of just under 600 feet.
The half marathon and the full marathon are run simultaneously and share a common start line on the Olympic Legacy Bridge at the University of Utah, the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Athlete Village.
For the first several miles, both half and full marathon runners are together, as the course heads into the city, winding through Salt Lake’s legendary wide streets and passing by picturesque neighborhoods and elegant estates.
At the 9-mile mark, the half marathon course splits from the full marathon around Westminster College. The course then continues west, taking several turns, until runners reach 500 East. From here, the route heads north through Liberty Park and then turns left to head toward State Street, which brings runners back up 200 East.
Expect a lively, energetic last mile, as crowds of cheering spectators and live bands line the course all the way to the finish line at Washington Square.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the southern shoreline of the Great Salt Lake in central northern Utah, Salt Lake City typically sees cool to mild weather in April, a month that has seen record temperatures here as low as 26 degrees (in 1991) and as high as 86 degrees (in 2000).
On race day (April 18), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 62ºF.
- 2019 Salt Lake City Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Salt Lake City Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Salt Lake City Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Salt Lake City Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Salt Lake City Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Salt Lake City Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Salt Lake City Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon
- 7:05 AM – 5K
- 7:15 AM – 10K
- $60 and up for the half marathon
- $70 and up for the full marathon
- $30 and up for the 5K
- $35 and up for the 10K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Salt Lake City Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or bike tour race, visit the event website below.
Official Race Website
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