‘It’s a really fun atmosphere’: Challenge yourself at the 11th annual Southern Utah Half Marathon

Runners compete in the 10th annual Southern Utah Half Marathon, St. George, Utah, April 22, 2023 | Photo courtesy of the Southern Utah Half Marathon, St. George News

CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — On Saturday, April 20, running enthusiasts are invited to join the Southern Utah Half Marathon and challenge themselves with 13.1 miles of scenic splendor. This fast and furious downhill course showcases some of the most beautiful scenery in the area.

Starting line of the 10th annual Southern Utah Half Marathon, Washington City, Utah, April 22, 2023 | Photo courtesy of the Southern Utah Half Marathon, St. George News

Starting at Highland Park in Washington City, the Southern Utah Half Marathon offers breathtaking views of the sun rising over Zion National Park in the distance. The race will proceed quickly downhill through Washington City to the scenic Virgin River Trail. This paved trail offers a gradual decline for the remaining 9 miles of the race before crossing the finish line at Bloomington Park in St. George.

“It’s just a great downhill fast event,” race director Dan Aamodt said. “It’s a really fun atmosphere.”

The race will begin at 7 a.m. Runners will be bused from the finish line at Bloomington Park to the starting line at Highland Park between 5:30-6:30 a.m., and early arrival is encouraged to ensure an accurate start time for all runners. Parking is available at Bloomington Park.

Alternatively, runners who would prefer not to ride the bus may carpool and have someone drop them off at Highland Park. There’s no parking available at the starting line and the road will be closed to traffic after 6:30 a.m., so be sure to get there with plenty of time to spare.

Pacers from the American Flyers will be at the starting line to help runners with their race pace objectives. Participants are asked to seed themselves according to the pace signs.

Awards await the top finishers of the 2024 Southern Utah Half Marathon, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of the Southern Utah Half Marathon, St. George News

Registration costs $93 per person. Finisher medals, headbands and T-shirts will be given to all runners who complete the course in less than four hours. The first 500 runners to sign up also get a souvenir rally towel.

New for this year, one lucky runner will receive a golden finisher medal plus $250 cash. This special prize will be randomly awarded at the finish line.

“We’re really trying to give more back to the runners this year,” Aamodt said.

All runners must register online before midnight on Thursday, April 18, and pick up their packet either Thursday or Friday between 2-7 p.m. at the St. George Running Center, located at 2736 E. Red Cliffs Drive #5 in St. George. Packets will not be available for pickup on race day.

Six aid stations, each offering water and Gatorade, will be available. The race course also provides convenient locations for spectators to cheer on runners, including Sullivan Virgin River Soccer Park, Crosby Family Confluence Park and along Riverside Drive in St. George.

Finish line of the 10th annual Southern Utah Half Marathon, St. George, Utah, April 22, 2023 | Photo courtesy of the Southern Utah Half Marathon, St. George News

The race is chip-timed. Awards will be provided to the top three male and female runners as well as the top three finishers in age groups that range from 14 and under to 70 and over.

Runners, along with their family and friends, are encouraged to stay at Bloomington Park after the race to enjoy refreshments and the pleasant spring weather. The awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

The Southern Utah Half Marathon has been a staple in Southern Utah’s running community since 2014. This year’s event is sponsored by the St. George Running Center, Dairy Farmers of America, Club Pilates and My Team MD.

Register today at SouthernUtahHalfMarathon.com.

Event details

  • What: Southern Utah Half Marathon.
  • When: Saturday, April 20, starting at 7 a.m.
  • Where: Bloomington Park, 650 W. Man O War Road, St. George.
  • Registration: $93.
  • Resources: Website.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.

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