Zion Half Marathon

Saturday, April 28, 2018 • Virgin, UT • Course Map

Runners get the chance to follow a route with awe-inspiring scenery through southwestern Utah’s canyon country at the Zion Half Marathon, which makes its 6th annual running along a new (for 2018) loop route between the tiny towns of Virgin and Springdale, just outside St. George.

The race is set to start along Smith Mesa Road, and the half marathon takes runners on a loop along the west side of Zion National Park. While the half marathon is not a trail race, the course is run entirely on dirt roads with no cups provided — so be sure to bring your own for the provided fuel along the route.


The race is open to both individual runners and teams of up to 5 runners each, and organizers plan to limit the number of entrants to a total of 1,500. The scheduled starting time for the race is 6:00 AM, and runners will have 4 hours to finish the race, which is open to both runners and walkers — provided they can finish within 4 hours. Last years running in 2016 saw over 2,250 runners cross the finish line.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in Utah’s southwest corner, about 28 miles northeast of St. George and roughly 290 miles south of Salt Lake City, Virgin typically sees cool to mild weather in April, a month that has seen temperatures fall to as low as 15 degrees (in 1955) and rise as high as 89 degrees (in 2007).

On race day (April 28), the average low is 46ºF and the average high is 78ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Zion Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

6:00 AM

Course Time Limit

4 hours


$110 – $160 for the half marathon


To reserve your spot in the Zion Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website


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