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Run The Canyon 

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

Bus Loading 5:30-6 a.m.

Runners are transported by bus to the start line at Woods Ranch. 

Race Start: 7 a.m.

The 10th annual running of the Cedar City Half Marathon down Cedar Canyon will feature plenty of pleasant surprises and one of the most spectacular downhill closed-canyon runs ever.  

Whether it's the sound of Coal Creek, a pair of bagpipers standing on Leap Rock in the narrow part of the canyon, enthusiastic aid station volunteers, or an energy-pumping rock band urging you to finish strong—the focus of the "Cedar Half" has always been on a quality runner experience over quantity.  

It's rare to run a half marathon or a canyon without worrying about traffic. You'll have the roads and trails to yourself in the Cedar Half. On race day, Cedar Canyon is closed to all vehicles and at the mouth of Cedar Canyon all runners will transition onto Cedar's magnificent trail system all the way to the finish line. 

Note: For the 10th Annual run in 2019, there will be no Trail Run (4.7k).

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 hours - The Utah Highway Patrol will reopen Cedar Canyon to traffic at 10 a.m., and all runners must be off the Canyon highway (SR-14), by that time. (Note: The last 3 miles of the course are on the Cedar City Trail System).

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 formation. This is where runners will transition from SR-14 to Cedar City's spectacular trail system along Coal Creek through Canyon Park, Veterans Ball Fields, and the welcoming finish at the Bicentennial Soccer Complex.  Along the Coal Creek Trail System there are three road underpasses allowing runners to avoid street traffic. 

Finish Line
Every finisher will get their name announced as they approach the finish chute and a friendly high-five, along with a prestigious medal and lanyard on their neck.  

Under the refreshment tent are water bottles, Chocolate Milk, Powerade, popsicles, and trays of bananas, apples, and energy bars (gluten free and nut free choices are available).  

Award Ceremony
In addition to overall male and female winners, the top three in each age group will receive a prize, a certificate and announced on the podium. Overall awards start at 9 a.m. and the top three of each age/gender division will be announced throughout the morning (as soon as top three have finished).  Be sure to check results at the Awards area located by the Half Marathon backdrop north of the finish line.  Note: Special Awards will be given to those runners who have finished all 10 Cedar Half events.

Bus loading - 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m.
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). 
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 SR-14. 

Clothing Bags
At packet pickup, runners will be issued a bright green clothing bag.  Runners must write their name and phone number on the bag.  
On Race Day at Woods Ranch, while walking toward the starting line, there will be a pickup truck to place Clothing Bags in 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).  Please do not place any valuables (keys, cell phones, wallets, etc.) in the 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 a.m. Please be understanding that our clothing bin volunteers can't leave their positions until the canyon is clear.

Lost and Found Items
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 the Cedar City Care & Share.

Runner's Shirts
We try to over-order so everyone is happy about their shirt size, but since the shirts are produced a month before the race, we can only guarantee shirt size requests for those who register before July 31.
There will be special short sleeve cuts for men and women in Sport-Tek style and are true to most sizes and have limited shrinkage.


Registration fees

Half Marathon

Price changes in 1 month 8 days
  • Half Marathon

    1. $40.00
      Nov 1 – Dec 25
    2. $45.00
      Dec 26 – Jan 30
    3. $55.00
      Now registering Jan 31 – May 30
    4. $65.00
      May 31 – Aug 31


Runners will find aid stations at approximately every 2 miles with cups of water and Powerade and blister supplies.  Ham operators and minor first aid nurses or athletic trainers are at each station to report emergencies. An ambulance will be stationed at the finish line and on call for other areas on the race route.

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

#1 = 2.5 miles

#2 = 4.1 miles

#3 = 6.1 miles

Right-hand Canyon Turnoff Medical = 6.8 miles

#4 = 8.1 miles

#5 = 10.3 miles

Each Mile Marker and Aid Station is clearly marked. They will have Water or Powerade to hand you in paper cups. Port-a-pottys, garbage cans, clothing bins (only at Aid Stations #1, #2 and #3). Blister/band aid kits and Vaseline are also available at each Aid Station.  Each Aid Station will be set up with water in the front and Powerade in the back. 

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 Gu and other eating products at aid stations. However, bananas, oranges, Great Harvest Energy Bars and other other replenishing foods and beverages will be available at the finish line.

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


We recommend picking up your Bib, Official Cedar City Half Marathon Shirt and runners bag on Friday, Sept. 6 from 1 p.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 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—See Google Map

Parking will be in the Bicentennial Softball Field/Exit 59 Skatepark area (665 West 1045 North)—See Google Map

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., at 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).

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


Transfers or deferments are allowed until 14 days before event (August 24, 2019) with associated fees and (for medical reasons). For those medically approved deferments to 2020, please send an email to

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

Event Schedule

  • September 7 6:00 AM MDT - Buses Leave Bicentennial Soccer Fields no later than

  • September 7 7:00 AM MDT - Half Marathon Start

  • September 7 10:00 AM MDT - Last Runner Surrender - Course Closed

Contact Information

Event Location

Cedar City, UT, United States

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