February 21

2023 Zion Half Race Guide

Run the beautiful road to Zion. This course is a challenging but incredibly beautiful steady climb toward the mouth of Zion Canyon. Chase the sunrise over The Watchman and come run below the vibrant cliffs. Don't miss this chance to run in the desert and end in the lovely town of Springdale.

To get prepared for this race, please read our race guide and listen to the audio version of the guide. Both resources provide a comprehensive overview of what to expect for this event. 

When you read the Race Guide, please pay special attention to the following pages:

  • Page 2-3: Race Expo + Bib Pick-up

  • Page 4-5: Half Marathon Race Details

  • Page 5: Half Marathon Map + Elevation

  • Page 6: Half Marathon Parking + Spectator Info

  • Page 8: Cup-free Policy

Toward the end of the guide, we share how you can participate in the Explorer Club to get suggestions on what to see and do while you're in the area. When you complete the Explorer Club challenge you earn a special badge (in addition to your race medal) for completing it! Learn more here.


In and around Zion National Park, archaeological evidence is found of Native Americans from the Archaic culture, from Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and Fremont cultures, and most recently from Southern Paiute culture. The Paiute called this place Mukuntuweap. Mukkuntuweap is believed to
mean “straight canyon” or “straight river”, though there is also record that the Paiute more frequently referred to the canyon as “Loogoon” which means “quiver of arrows”). Today a hike to Zion Canyon Overlook may give you a glimpse of this “straight canyon” that inspired the name.

Fun Facts

  • 26% of you are running your first half marathon
  • For 57% of you, this is your first time visiting Zion National Park
  • We have runners from 50 states and 4 countries


Half Marathons, Race Guide, Zion

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