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. All finishers will receive custom finisher medals!

For a more interactive view of the Marathon route, click on the MapMyRun icon in the upper right hand corner of the map:

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 will pick up runners from Rice-Eccles Stadium promptly from 3:30 am – 3:45 am.  These buses will be lined up along the west side of the stadium. 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. After the race there will be shuttle buses at the finish line area lined up along 700 East of Liberty Park to transport runners back to their vehicles. Due to the state holiday, the parade and the race route closures and traffic, these shuttle buses will take some time to make their rounds so plan accordingly.

Aids Stations for the Marathon will be at every other mile after mile 3. LG Energy gels will be at the aid station at miles 15 and 19. Powerade is at mile 5 and then every other aid station.

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