Today, we’re announcing that we’re retiring the Angels Club. This has been a huge part of our race, and while we’re bummed to be putting it to rest, we whole-heartedly feel that it’s necessary to continue the Zion Half Marathon. The rangers at Zion National Park have brought up safety and trail overuse concerns during race weekend when it comes to the Angels Club, and we agree.
As our race grows, more and more people try to do this hike at the same time. The trail becomes extremely crowded and the chains to the top get sketchy. Since runner safety and land preservation are of the utmost importance to us, we’ve agreed it’s time to retire Angels Landing as a club hike.
This doesn’t mean you can’t hike Angels Landing during race weekend. The trail is still open to everyone. However you will not get 50% off next year’s race or your picture up on the website.
We will still continue the Observation Club. Observation Point is an awesome hike that actually looks down on Angels Landing. In addition to the Observation Club, we’ll be announcing two new club hikes that we’re very excited about. Stay tuned! We’ll announce the new hikes on Wednesday and Thursday.