Runners ahead: Traffic delays expected during sold-out Zion Half Marathon

Runners in the 2015 Zion Half Marathon make their way from Virgin to Springdale, Utah, March 14, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

SPRINGDALE — The fourth annual Zion Half Marathon presented by Vacation Races, an event company that holds half marathons centered around breathtaking national parks, will take place Saturday from 6:30-11 a.m. in the towns of Virgin, Rockville and Springdale.

During race hours, there will be approximately 2,400 runners on the east side of the road from Camino Del Rio in Virgin to the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater in Springdale on the east side of state Route 9. Traffic will continue to flow in both directions, but motorists should expect 30-minute delays while the race is ongoing.

Motorists are advised to avoid travel between these hours if possible or to plan for extra travel time to account for the delays.

“We are so grateful to the communities that allow us to put on these events. Without their cooperation it just wouldn’t be possible,” Lyle Anderson, director of race operations, said. “The towns of Virgin, Rockville and Springdale have been so helpful and supportive, we really appreciate being allowed to run in their community. We’re sorry for any temporary inconvenience our event causes.”

Vacation Races operates this activity under an agreement with the surrounding towns and the Utah Department Of Transportation.

About Vacation Races

Producing beautiful half marathons against the backdrop of the country’s majestic national parks, Vacation Races is motivated by their vision of promoting health, natural beauty and well-being and creating memories. Founded in 2012 and providing the only national park races, Vacation Races’ foray into racing events focused on three different regional parks: Zion National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Now expanding with nationwide opportunities, Vacation Races faces 2016 with races in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yosemite National Park and Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Event details

  • What: Zion Half Marathon
  • When: Saturday, March 12, 6:30-11 a.m.
  • Where: Camino del Rio in Virgin to Giant Screen Theater in Springdale
  • Resources: Vacation Races | Website

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