First run in 1970, the historic Deseret News Marathon is the oldest road race in Utah and the oldest marathon west of the continental divide. The marathon follows the path that the Utah pioneers followed when they first entered the valley. The race is truly a part of Utah’s heritage and history!

The Marathon starts at 5:30 am at the top of Big Mountain, above Emigration Canyon. The course continues down the canyon with a 3,200 foot total elevation drop. The course then runs along the Days of 47 Parade route once it turns onto 200 East. 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 marathon finishers
Fresh fruit
Free Sports Massage
A vendor village with samples and give-aways
Days of 47 Parade – 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Runner Instructions:

Marathon Buses Marathon buses will leave from Rice-Eccles Stadium ONLY promptly from 3:15- 3:30am.  It is your responsibility to arrive early enough to park and be seated on a bus in time to ride to the top of Big Mountain. Do not plan on driving to the top. The marathon starts at 5:30 a.m. There will be shuttle buses near the finish line taking runners back to their parking locations after the race.

Aids Stations for the Marathon will be at every other mile after mile 3. Gel will be at the aid station at mile 19. Powerade is at mile 5 and then every other station through 21.

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