The Cedar City Half Marathon is one of the most spectacular downhill closed-canyon runs anywhere and this year it's on Saturday, Sept. 8. The Cedar Canyon is closed to all vehicular traffic and the race starts at 7 a.m. at Woods Ranch.The Cedar Half is a perfect high-altitude trainer for those preparing for full marathons held a few weeks later (Such as the St. George Marathon). This 13.1 mile closed-canyon course is fast. From Woods Ranch at the base of Cedar Breaks National Monument, runners descend from 8,408 feet in elevation (Lat-Long: 37.594145 N, -112.912180 W). to 5,600 feet at the finish line at the Bicentennial Soccer Complex.
Race Surrender Time: 3 1/2 hours - Cedar Canyon reopens to traffic at 10:30 a.m.
The Course The crisp canyon air rushes through Aspens and the sounds of water rushing down Coal Creek accompany runners as they wind their way through eons of geologic formations to the mouth of Cedar Canyon. Majestic sandstone pyramids mark the intersection of the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountain formations. This is where runners will transition from Highway 14 to Cedar City's spectacular trail system along Coal Creek through Canyon Park, Veterans Park, and the welcoming finish at the Bicentennial Soccer Complex. Continuing to follow Coal Creek, there are three road underpasses where runners will avoid street traffic.
Finish Line Every finisher will get their name announced as they approach the finish chute and a friendly high-five and a prestigious medal and lanyard around their neck.
Refreshments Under the refreshment tent are water, Powerade and trays of bananas, apples, and energy bars.
Award Ceremony In addition to overall male and female winners, if you finish in the top three of your age group, you'll receive a prize, a certificate and a photo opportunity on the awards stand. Trail Run awards announced at 8 a.m. Half Marathon awards start at 9 a.m.
The Trail Run The Intermountain Cedar City Hospital Trail Run begins near the Coal Creek bridge at the mouth of Cedar Canyon. It is a 4.7K run along Coal Creek, crossing under streets all the way to the finish line at Bicentennial Soccer Complex. Adults and children of all ages (including babies in strollers) are invited to attend this run. The Trail Run bus will be stationed away from the Half Marathon buses in the parking lot to the east of the finish line. Please note: For the Trail Run, trophies are awarded to the top three males and females, but there will be no finisher medals.
Race Day Details Runners must park in the Bicentennial Softball Field/Exit 59 Skate-park parking lot and walk south to the Bus Loading area next to the Soccer Complex concession stands (also finish line area). Bus loading begins at 5:30 a.m. to 6:00a.m., near to the finish line/concession stand at the Bicentennial Soccer Complex. Buses will take the runners up Cedar Canyon to the Start Line and will them drop off at Woods Ranch. There will be warming fires and music playing. At 6:45 a.m., runners will need to start walking east toward the starting line on Highway 14.
Clothing Bags At packet pickup, you will be issued a bright green clothing bad. Please write your name and phone number on the bag. While walking toward the starting line, there will be a pickup truck to place your Clothing Bags and they will be transported to the finish line. Bags will be laid out next to the Soccer Concession stand in alphabetical order (if properly identified). Do not place any valuables (keys, cellphones, wallets, etc.) in your Half Marathon Clothing Bag.
Miscellaneous items left in the clothing bins at the Aid Stations will be brought to the finish line after Cedar Canyon reopens after 10:30 a.m. Please be understanding that our volunteers can't leave their positions until the canyon is clear.
Items not picked up by 11:30 a.m. on race day will be taken to the Cedar City Aquatic Center (2090 Royal Hunte Drive) and held for one week. After that time, clothing or other remaining items will be donated to a local charity.Runner's Shirts We will do our best to accommodate your shirt size request, but you must register before July 31, to be guaranteed your size. Sport-Tek shirts sizes for the short sleeve shirt for women and men run true to most sizes and have limited shrinkage.
Coal Creek Trail Run
$25.00Dec 5 – Jul 31
$45.00Aug 1 – Sep 1
$40.00Dec 5 – Dec 26
$45.00Dec 27 – Jan 31
$55.00Feb 1 – May 31
$75.00Jun 1 – Sep 1
- September 8 6:00 AM MDT - Buses Leave Bicentennial Soccer Fields no later than
- September 8 7:00 AM MDT - Half Marathon Start
- September 8 7:00 AM MDT - Trail Run Start
- September 8 10:30 AM MDT - Last Runner Surrender - Course Closed
- Brad Abrams
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