Canyonlands Half Marathon


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Race Starts

Half Marathon Start:  10:00 am
Five Mile Start:  9:30 am

The Half Marathon course starts approximately 11 miles up Hwy 128 from Moab, just after Take Out Beach on the Colorado River.  The course follows the river to Hwy 191, then turns east and heads to the finish at Swanny City Park in downtown Moab.  The Five Mile course follows the last 5 miles of the Half Marathon course; the two races share a finish line.

Time Limit / Road Closure

There is a time limit of 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Due to safety concerns and permitting requirements, the Canyonlands Half Marathon course will have strictly enforced cutoff times at miles 3, 6, 9 and 10.6 (turnoff from Hwy 128 to 191). Hwy 128 is winding with no shoulder in some sections, so it is imperative that all runners be off the road by 12:45. A pace of 14:53/mile or faster will meet the cutoff times. A cushion of 5 minutes is built into the cutoff times to account for the time it takes a runner at the 10+ min/mile pace signs to cross the starting line after the gun has gone off.

Race Start                                10 am

Mile 3 Cutoff                            50 minutes                    14:53/mile pace plus 5 minutes

Mile 6 Cutoff                            1 hr 35 minutes             14:53/mile pace plus 5 minutes

Mile 9 Cutoff                            2 hr 20 minutes             14:53/mile pace plus 5 minutes

Hwy 128 / Hwy 191               2 hr 43 minutes             14:53/mile pace plus 5 minutes

If you do not make a cutoff, you MUST board the Sweep Vehicle. Keep in mind that course services including aid stations and medical will also be discontinued once the Sweep Vehicle comes through. The finish line closes at 1:15 pm. Finish line food and services will be available only to those finishing within the allotted time limit.

Hwy 128 is closed to traffic from 8 am to 1 pm between Mile Post 12 and Hwy 191.


Both races are timed using electronic strips affixed to the back of the bib and timing mats at the starts and finish. 
Official results are based on gun time.
Runners must line up at the start according to the mile pace markers.

Course Support

Aid stations are at HM miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 and have water, Gatorade Endurance Formula and port-a-potties.  Clif shots in various flavors are available just before the mile 6 aid station.
Medical staff is stationed along the course, at the intersection of Hwy. 128 and 191, and at the finish line.

The American Flyers will have pace groups for the 2016 race. For more information about the American Flyers contact Walter Brown at runwithwalter[at]gmail[dot]com or 801-381-7089 or check out their Website

Not Allowed on the Course

Strollers, baby joggers, bikes, skates, scooters, vehicles, runners moving upriver, and animals are not allowed.

We strongly recommend that, if you choose to listen to a portable music player at our events you keep the volume low and/or wear only 1 earbud. This is a safety issue—you need to be able to hear the runners around you and any safety or medical vehicles (including bikes) that are trying to move along the course.

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