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Run The Canyon 2018
The Cedar City Half Marathon is one of the most spectacular downhill closed-canyon runs anywhere. This year's event is on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.  Runners will be shuttled to the base of Cedar Breaks National Monument at Woods Ranch in Cedar Canyon. The 7 a.m. start time, and closed canyon, allows runners to hear the sounds of Coal Creek and Quaking Aspen leaves, as runners wind their way through eons of geologic formations to the mouth of Cedar Canyon.  Majestic orange sandstone pyramids mark the intersection of the Great Basin with the Rocky Mountain formations. This is where runners will transition from Highway 14 to Cedar City's trail system along Coal Creek through Canyon Park, Veterans Park, Iron County Visitor's Center and the finish at Bicentennial Soccer Complex.  There are three road underpasses where runners will avoid street traffic. 
The Cedar City Half is a perfect high-altitude trainer for those preparing for full marathons held a few weeks later, including the St. George marathon.
This 13.1 mile closed-canyon course is one of the nation's fastest as 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 Fields.

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 4.5K 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) are invited to attend this run. (Strollers will be allowed). 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 Skatepark/Softball Field 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 5:15-6 a.m., next to the finish line by the soccer fields, and will take the runners up Cedar Canyon to the Start Line near Woods Ranch.
Clothing Bag Pickup will be near the finish line by the refreshments and award stand areas. Before the race begins at Woods Ranch, there will be a truck that runners can place their CCHM Bags and other belongings into and they will be laid out north of the finish line refreshment tent. Please write your name and phone number on your bag.  Please to not place anything in bags that you couldn't afford to not have when you arrive (keys, cellphones, wallets, etc.).

Please note: 
You must register before July 31, to be guaranteed your shirt size (Men's sizes especially). Shirts sizes for the short sleeve shirt for women and men run true to most sizes.


Registration fees

Trail Run

Coal Creek Trail Run

    1. $25.00
      Dec 5 - Jul 31
    2. $45.00
      Aug 1 - Sep 1

Half Marathon

Half Marathon

    1. $40.00
      Dec 5 - Dec 26
    2. $45.00
      Dec 27 - Jan 31
    3. $55.00
      Feb 1 - May 31
    4. $75.00
      Jun 1 - Sep 1

Aid Stations

Runners will find aid stations at approximately every 2 miles with cups of water and Powerade and blister supplies.  Ham operators are at each station to report emergencies and ambulance will be stationed in canyon at turn off to Right-hand Canyon (approximately 6.8 mile-mark for runners).  

Here are the distances at which aid stations are placed as the   runner goes down Cedar Canyon:

#1 = 2.5

#2 = 4.1

#3 = 6.1

Right hand Canyon Medical = 6.8

#4 = 8.1

#5 = 10.3

Each Aid Station is clearly marked. They will have water or Powerade handed to you in paper cups. Also available are a port-a-potty, garbage can, clothing bins (at Aid Stations #1 and #2), and blister/band aid kits.  Note: If you drop off your clothing at mile markers or along side of the road, we cannot guarantee they will be returned to the finish line.

We won't have Goo and other eating products at aid stations. However, bananas, oranges, Great Harvest Energy Bars and other other replenishing foods will be available at the finish line.

You are allowed to bring your own fluids and energy food. 

Each Aid Station will be set up with water in the front and Powerade in the back. 

Bib and Shirt Pickup

We recommend picking up your Bib, Official Cedar City Half Marathon Shirt and runners bag on Friday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Cedar City Aquatic Center, 2090 W. Royal Hunte Drive. You can pick up somebody else's bib and packet if you have a copy of their ID (Friday only at Aquatic Center).

Keep in mind that if you wait until Saturday morning, the bib pickup area will be hectic. Each runner must pick up their own Bib (Saturday at Bus pickup/Finish Line)

We will do our best to accommodate  each participant, but runner shirt sizes are not guaranteed for those signed up after July 31st.


Teams are welcome to participate in the Cedar City Half Marathon! If at least 4 people (up to 8) people sign up at the same time. Teams are welcome to print their own shirts and run for whatever cause they want! Additionally, you may have as many teams as you wish, meaning you may A, B, C teams and so on.

Parking and Bus Pick-Up Locations

Parking and bus pickup locations

On Race Day morning please ensure you have your bib pinned on, your clothing bag and plenty of energy. Please leave all valuables locked up. 

It will be dark at the bus pickup area, which is adjacent to the Finish Line area on the east side of the road (next to the Bicentennial Soccer Fields at approximately 400 West 685 North --

Parking will be in the Bicentennial Softball Field/Exit 59 Skatepark area (665 West 1045 North).

Note that access to parking and finish line area is from 1045 North (by the softball fields, look for the ballfield lights).  Some GPS systems will take you to 685 North by the Cemetery.  It will be closed off so Do not try to enter from the Cemetery side.  Proceed north on Main Street and turn at the light on 1045 North 

You must get on bus nearest the start line in front. As soon as buses are full, they will take you to the Start Line at Woods Ranch where you'll find warming fires, a pavilion and port-a-potties. 

For those who hadn't picked up their bib number on Friday, there will be a check-in desk 5:15-6 a.m., near the Soccer Concession stand. Follow the signs and the lights. If there is time you'll receive a runner bag and a shirt (can't guarantee your size at the Saturday morning pickup, but there will be a t-shirt exchange of unworn shirts following the race by the refreshment tent).

Buses will begin boarding at 5:30 a.m. and the last one will leave at 6 a.m. (No exceptions).

Transfers and Refunds

Transfers or deferments are allowed until 8 days before event with associated fees and (for medical reasons). For those medically approved, please send an email to to see if there is someone who is willing buy your Bib.  

 Every runner must have registered with online and must wear a bib to get on the bus and to run the course. No Bandit Runners are allowed.

Cedar City Half Marathon and Coal Creek Trail Run Course Map

Cedar City Half Marathon Map Coming Soon!

Event Schedule

  • 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

Contact Information

Event Location

Cedar City, UT, United States

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