Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, May 13, 2023 • Cottonwood Heights, UT • Course Map

Note: A virtual option is available for this event. Registration details are included below.

Set for its 12th annual running in the late spring in the Wasatch Mountains that look out onto Salt Lake City and the valley below, the Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon takes runners on a gradual, east-to-west downhill descent all the way down along Big Cottonwood Canyon Road into the town of Cottonwood Heights, where runners will finish the race near the town’s historic Old Mill Park.

The race — whose course is almost identical to the Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon, which takes place a couple of weekends later in September — starts at Utah’s Solitude Mountain Resort, where the starting elevation for the race lies at about 7,700 feet above sea level.

From there, runners will turn left and head onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, which will take them west for the next 11 1/2 miles toward Salt Lake City, into the town of Cottonwood Heights.

Once runners make it out of the canyon and into town — dropping nearly 2,700 feet in elevation on the way down — the course then heads briefly onto Fort Union Boulevard before turning right onto the road that leads through Old Mill Park, where the ruins of Cottonwood Heights’s Old Mill still, which was first built back in 1880 from stone left over during the construction of the Salt Lake Temple.

After the stretch through the park, runners will keep heading north all the way to the finish line at the Old Mill One Building. Runners will have 3 hours to complete the race, and the scheduled starting time is 6:00 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled between the Wasatch Mountains to its east and the Great Salt Lake to its northwest, about 10 miles south of Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, and also its rainiest weather of the year on average.

On race day (May 13), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 70ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:00 AM – half marathon
  • 6:30 AM – 10K, 5K


  • $75 – $90 for the half marathon
  • $55 – $70 for the 10K
  • $45 – $60 for the 5K
  • $25 for the virtual event


To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of Utah’s Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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