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Clubs & Trifecta

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The Observation Club

observation clubThe Observation Club is a salute the hardcore among us. We want to reward anyone who hikes Observation Point after the race. Any runner who sends us a picture of themselves at the top of Observation Point within 72 hours of the end of the race which includes:

  1. A clear view of your face
  2. Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
  3. Your finisher medal in plain view

Will join the Observation Club and will forever be immortalized on our website. We will post all those pictures here along with the runner’s name. Additionally, those runners will get a special medallion to commemorate!

Following the Zion Half Marathon, we will post a link to this page where runners can send us their photos and names (club discounts cannot be combined). Good luck!

Observation Point is a beautiful alternative to Angels Landing. It is the highest point in the park. Although it doesn’t have the narrow passes with sheer drop-offs and chains, it is a very strenuous hike that does have long drop-offs. Still a very tough hike, it may be better for those who feel uncomfortable with heights. Since this is a bit longer of a hike than Angels Landing, plan to be out there for most of the day.

SEE WHO MADE THE 2016 OBSERVATION CLUB

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The Double Arch Club

double arch clubThe hike along the Taylor Creek Trail to Double Arch Alcove is gorgeous and historic. Located about two miles past the Kolob Canyon entrance of Zion National Park, the trail head will take you into a narrow box canyon to the extremely photogenic alcove. As you criss cross along Taylor Creek, you will also pass Larson Cabin and Fife Cabin, two homesteads from the 1930’s. The hike is about 5 miles roundtrip, and will take about 4 hours to hike there and back.

The same rules and prizes will apply as the Observation Club. Any runner who sends us a picture of themselves from Double Arch Alcove within 72 hours of the end of the race which includes:

1. A clear view of your face
2. Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
3. Your finisher medal in plain view
4. A clear background that shows you actually completed the hike

will join the Double Arch Club and forever be immortalized on our website. We will post all those pictures on our website along with the runner’s name and city. Additionally, those runners will get a special medallion to commemorate!

SEE WHO MADE THE 2016 INAUGURAL DOUBLE ARCH CLUB

The Eagle Club

eagle clubThe Eagle Crags Trail, while technically outside the park, is a beautiful and rewarding hike with amazing views of Zion Canyon. It’s a 3-5 hour hike (5.7 miles round trip) up the very scenic Vermillion Cliffs and is located just south of Rockville.

The same rules and prizes will apply as the Observation Club. Any runner who sends us a picture of themselves from the top of Eagle Crags Trail within 72 hours of the end of the race which includes:

1. A clear view of your face
2. Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible
3. Your finisher medal in plain view
4. A clear background that shows you actually completed the hike

will join the Eagle Club and forever be immortalized on our website. We will post all those pictures on our website along with the runner’s name and city. Additionally, those runners will get a special medallion to commemorate!

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The Zion Trifecta

zion trifecta image For those looking for something less strenuous, we have another challenge: The Zion Trifecta. The Zion Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules as the Angels Club apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will receive a special pin to commemorate!

The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:

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Riverside Walk (The Narrows)

zion_narrowsThe trail was historically called “Gateway to the Narrows” but is now commonly referred to as Riverside Walk. A nice, paved, 3 mile roundtrip hike. At the end of the trail you can walk as far down into the Narrows as you dare, taking in the beauty of the area. Extra hi-fives for anyone that actually wades in the water! (NOTE: we don’t recommend it. At this time of year (March) the water is still frigid!! But if you’re feeling reckless and want extra kudos for your picture, we won’t be there to stop you).

 

 

 

Canyon Overlook

GBC_6530_HDRCanyon Overlook is only a mile roundtrip hike! This is perfect for families and offers a wonderful view of the Zion canyon with a look at the famous peaks like Bridge Mountain, West Temple, and The Sentinel. As an added bonus, when you drive up to the parking lot to make the short hike to the lookout, you get to pass through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel!

 

 

 

 

Kolob Canyon (Timber Creek Overlook)

DSC_3651_59_Kolob_CanyonsKolob Canyon is Zion’s best kept secret. About an hour north on I-15 from the main park entrance, this part of the park is less often visited by travelers, but it’s amazingly beautiful. The Timber Creek Trail is another short hike (1.2 miles roundtrip) that offers amazing views of Kolob Canyon. After about a 5 mile drive up the canyon you can park in a parking lot at the trail head.

These three activities are sure you to give you a broad experience at Zion. We hope you accept the challenge and have a blast! Remember you need to take your picture at all 3 of these locations:

1. At the end of the riverside walk – the entrance to the Narrows.

2. At the canyon overlook

3. At Kolob Canyon, the overlook at the end of Timber Creek Overlook.

Be sure to bring your race bib and finisher medal to each location. Let us know if you have any questions!

As always, the NPS website is a great resource to find out more information on each of these sites as well as other guides online.

RETIRED

The Angels Club

Zachary Simmons, Zachary Overbey, & Chloe Cash - San Diego, CA

Zachary Simmons, Zachary Overbey, & Chloe Cash – San Diego, CA

In late 2015 we decided it was time to retire the Angels Club due to safety hazards and trail preservation.

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