Bryce Canyon Half Marathon and 5K

There is nothing quite like running through the scenic views of Bryce Canyon Country. With breathtaking vistas and rich red rock formations everywhere you turn, it’s the ideal location for marathons, half marathons, 5K and fun runs. Find your new favorite race here. 

The Bryce Canyon Half Marathon starts at Ruby’s Inn off Highway 63 with an elevation of 7,652 ft. at 6:00 a.m. The 5K race starts in Cannonville. The same place the half marathon ends with an elevation of 5,800 ft. The half marathon and 5K race are on the second Saturday during July. Approximately 1,500 runners are anticipated each year. Shuttles are available for runners to and from the race between Panguitch, Tropic and Escalante. Packet pickup is available the night before.

The half marathon runners begin at Ruby’s Inn and then descend into Bryce Canyon National Park for a few miles. With a radiant view of the sunrise reflecting off the pink rocks, runners are sure to be wowed by the stunning scenery. Once they’ve finished the leg of the race through Bryce Canyon National Park, they wind their way through rolling pastures, past ranches and across Tropic Ditch. The half marathon ends in Cannonville, where runners are offered a finishing medal, fruits and chocolate milk. 

The 5K race begins and ends at Cannonville Town Park. The race winds its way towards Promise Rock in the valley to the east, then wraps around, bringing runners back to the finish line. 

Awards for top three finalists in each age group for men and women receive medals in both the 5K and half marathon. The top five finishers for men and women in the half marathon are awarded a trophy and a cash prize. 

Bryce Canyon Color Me Fun Run 

Located in Cannonville, Utah, the Bryce Canyon Color Me Fun Run is a mile-long race that starts at Cannonville’s Town Park. The race winds around the city until it brings participants back to the park for the finish. 

The Color Me Fun Run happens the Friday evening before the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon and 5K. The run is organized by the Bryce Valley Foundation for the Arts, a local nonprofit that focuses on supporting music and arts in Garfield County. The foundation’s main event is the Bryce Canyon Music Camp; a weeklong workshop for the viola, violin, and cello. World-class clinicians come to participate in the camp. 

Enjoy the excitement of running or walking through clouds of color during the Color Me Fun Run, or participate by helping blast the racers with bright colors. It’s a great way to spend the evening before cheering on the half marathon runners the following morning. Finisher award medals are given to participants once they cross the finish line. 

Escalante Canyons Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

Generally, the second Saturday in October is the Escalante Canyons Marathon, Half Marathon and a 5K fun run. Each race starts at a different location based on the race mileage, but all end at the Escalante City Park. 

The marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. in Boulder, Utah. The course is run on Scenic Byway 12, considered one of the most beautiful roadways in the nation. Some highlights of the run include Hog’s Back Ridge and Rock Canyon near Calf Creek Falls. The stunning limestone, red-rock canyons and gorgeous overlooks can be found all along the course. 

The Escalante Canyon’s Half Marathon follows along the last half of the marathon course. The entirety of the course is on Scenic Byway 12, as it takes the runners through lovely slickrock vistas. The half marathon begins at 9:00 a.m. 

The final race of the day is the 5K fun run. This race is free for all participants and is a great way for people of all ages to be involved. Strollers and scooters are welcome during this race. The 5K starts at 1:30 p.m. 

There is an awards ceremony once all races have been completed. Cash prizes are presented to the top three males and top three females in the marathon and half marathon.

Bryce Canyon Ultra Marathons

The Bryce Canyon Ultra Marathons are for the avid runner with multiple race options of a 30K, 50K, 60K, 50-mile and 100-mile race. Each of these races start at the mouth of Proctor Canyon in Hatch, Utah. The races take place in May. 

Each race has a pace minimum and cutoff times runners can use to train, and make sure they are up to par with where they need to be for these advanced races.

100-mile, overall cutoff - 36 hours

50-mile, overall cutoff - 16 hours

60K, overall cutoff - 14 hours

50K, overall cutoff - 12 hours

30K, overall cutoff - 7 hours

Most of the Bryce Canyon Ultra Marathons take runners along the Grandview Trail, Coyote Hollow Trailhead, views of Paunsaugunt Plateau and the Thunder Mountain Trail. Runners will constantly be surrounded by scenic views and will find plenty of aid stations along the way. 

Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally 5K

Each year Panguitch holds its Annual Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally. A three-day weekend festival during the last full weekend in June. 

Saturday morning, the rally begins with a hot air balloon launch of 30-plus balloons, quickly followed by the start of the 5K race. Runners get to enjoy the historical, scenic views of small-town Panguitch while bright balloons soar overhead. Throughout the race the balloons land in town, occasionally near the course, letting runners race past the grounded balloons. Medals are given to the top 10 finishers for both men and women.

A children’s race around the track is also offered after the 5K is finished letting everyone be a part of the fun. It is free for children to participate in. 

Whether you’re a competitive runner or someone who enjoys beautiful runs through picturesque landscapes, Bryce Canyon Country offers some of the most scenic races around. 

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