Running in the Parks | Half Marathons | General Questions

Why can’t we run in the park?

The National Park Service states its mission as:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

The preservation of the parks are their first and foremost concern. While there are some instances where the parks have opened themselves up to a race within the actual park, it can be unpredictable. We will continue to work with the park system and when they do open up the parks, we will be the first in line to launch a running event.

Why Half Marathons?

Two reasons

1. Half marathons have experienced a surge in popularity over the past decade. It is currently the second most popular running distance in America.

2. Running then hiking. Our races take place near national parks. It is challenging to tackle a half marathon with little or no training, where many people can run a 5k or a 10k with minimal training. However, the shorter distance(compared to a full marathon) means you can recover quickly. You can run Saturday morning and by Sunday morning many runners are up for a hike. We want to encourage our runners to make a vacation out of this event and enjoy the park.

As we continue with our race series we will explore additional distances in order to serve our runners. If we find there in interest in a marathon, we may consider adding one in addition to the half.

What time does the race start?

The race starts at 7:00amĀ sharp! We do not start our races late. We will update the website and our runners immediately if the time changes.

Will there be shuttles to the starting line? Back from the finish line?

We’ve had shuttles for our past races, and we plan to provide them in 2016. When plans are finalized, we will announce them.

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Runners will have 4 hours to finish. Walkers are welcome as long as they can complete the course within the 4 hour limit. We will need all the runners to be off the road by 11:30am. The last 3 miles is sidewalk, so slower runners or walkers will be allowed to finish as long as they get to mile 10 by 11:30am.

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Unfortunately, no. Sections of this course are rough terrain, so the course isn’t really stroller friendly.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Unfortunately, no. They are a liability that our insurance does not cover. However they are welcome to greet you at the finish line with the rest of your loved ones!

Where should I stay during my visit?

There are several lodging options in the area. We have several host hotels and some campsite options for 2016. For specifics, visit our “Travel Info” page.

Can we register as a team?

Absolutely you can! For details visit our “Team Registration” page.

How do I get a refund?

We have an excellent refund policy with additional options for transfer and deferment. If you do request a refund, it will take about 30 days to process before you receive your refund. Visit our “Refund Policies” page for details.

Who gets a medal?

Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal.

11 and younger
75 and older

There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race.

What do the medals look like?

Making beautiful and high-quality medals is one of our priorities. As soon as we have everything finalized we’ll update our blog and let runners know via email.

If I do the Angels and/or Observation Club Challenge AND the Zion Trifecta Challenge, do I get both prizes?

Nope. You’ll just get the club prize. But you WILL get major props from us for being so hardcore.