We are pleased to announce the Deseret News Classic Half Marathon! Last year was huge success so of course we’re bringing it back!

This course was designed with a PR in mind, with a gradual 1600 foot elevation drop. Runners will sail down Emigration Canyon along a gentle downhill course that follows the historic pioneer trail and ends along the Days of 47 Parade route. While on the parade route runners will be greeted by over 100,000 cheering Utahns to help push them towards the finish line celebration at Liberty Park!

The prize money (for Utah residents only) is $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, $250 for 3rd place.

Once participants cross the finish line they will enjoy:

Medals for all half marathon finishers
Fresh fruit
Smoothies from Jamba Juice
Creamies
Music
Free Sports Massage
A vendor village with samples and give-aways
Days of 47 Parade – 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Runner Instructions:

Half Marathon start time is 6:00 am. Buses will be shuttling runners from Rice – Eccles Stadium ONLY from 4:00 a.m. – 4:20 a.m. to head up to the start line up Emigration Canyon. Do not plan on driving to the top. There will be shuttle buses near the finish line taking runners back to their parking locations after the race.

Aids Stations for the Half Marathon will be at approximately every other mile.

Please take the time to read through our FAQ page for further information about race day and packet pick-up.