Overall Rating
Overall Rating (24 Reviews)
4.8
(24 Ratings)(24 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.2
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4.9
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.7
Run by moonlight as you take in the solitude of the desert. A half marathon that runs through the night – choose your time and run on top of Gooseberry Mesa overlooking the desert floor below with views of Zion. Introduced in 2020 this small group half marathon style is … MORE
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    KaraOlsen FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was more amazing than I imagined it would be. The course was difficult as it was night and on a desert trail. But it was organized and marked well … MORE

    This was more amazing than I imagined it would be. The course was difficult as it was night and on a desert trail. But it was organized and marked well so that you could find the course easily.
    The entire experience was amazing. From start to end. It was organized well so I knew where to go to check in and begin running. I would recommend this for anyone who likes an adventure (oh and enjoys running, of course!)

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    werunthestates REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Definitely worth running under the stars but bring a headlamp. After mile 6 you leave the dirt trails for some “rock climb running”. You run in waves every 30 minutes … MORE

    Definitely worth running under the stars but bring a headlamp. After mile 6 you leave the dirt trails for some “rock climb running”. You run in waves every 30 minutes so socially distance appropriate

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    kmurawski FIRST-TIMER '21

    Super unique race run through trails just outside Zion through all hours of the night. I started the race at midnight (go big or go home) and it was such … MORE

    Super unique race run through trails just outside Zion through all hours of the night. I started the race at midnight (go big or go home) and it was such a cool experience. Headlamps were key but it was also super awesome to put the headlamps on red light mode and take in the stars and night sky. Some definite trail running in here where we had to go slow and steady. Volunteers were out there at all hours of the night to cheer you on which was great! Many people to cheer you through the finish where you were met with an awesome medal, water, and snacks of course. Good mix of runners and walkers, everyone was very friendly. My watch recorded the total distance at 13.4 rather than 13.1 with the last half mile being uphill (slight killer) but overall a great race. Would highly recommend to friends, would love to come back and run it again, maybe next time at sunrise!

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    davidcanarte REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Running at night was wonderful. If you want to avoid a running crowd, better start between 1am and 3am as I did. We were lucky that there was enough moonlight … MORE

    Running at night was wonderful. If you want to avoid a running crowd, better start between 1am and 3am as I did. We were lucky that there was enough moonlight shining on the path. There are a couple of steep hills and running along the Gooseberry trail was amazing and fun -I’d return to run during daylights-. However, headlamps are necessary don’t underestimate the darkness.

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    aubreyr90 FIRST-TIMER '21

    A great trail run out on by a great group of people. The night/headlamp aspect makes this race truly unique and a must do. It gets completely dark around 8:30pm, … MORE

    A great trail run out on by a great group of people. The night/headlamp aspect makes this race truly unique and a must do. It gets completely dark around 8:30pm, so if you release then or after you’ll be running the whole race in the dark/with a headlamp (must bring your own). The aid stations were spaced out perfectly (must bring your own bottles to fill) and the no disposable cups was a great aspect to keep the environment beautiful and cut down on waste. The first roughly 5 miles or so are on a dirt road/wide trail that does have some rocky areas and hills, so watch your footing but it’s nothing too technical. From approximately mile 5/6 and carrying on to approximately mile 8/9 it is quite technical with ledges mere feet away (shouldn’t be an issue if you have a headlamp – nothing to worry about) and 3-4 foot high rocks you have to make your way over or around, etc. Starting around mile 8/9 you get back to the same dirt road/calmer elements you came out on. It’s a fun course that you should not be worried about but excited about. It’s worth it! There are plenty of people running the whole course for time and there are plenty of people walking or walk/jogging and enjoying simply completing the race. Whatever you’re choice, this race is an experience you won’t want to miss out on. A must do that will get you excited to run.

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    steveohillyo FIRST-TIMER '21

    First Trail Race; First Night Race Half Marathon; Tough Race all in the dark, Red Light helped viewing night sky; Good Weather, Good Volunteers, Access Road and part of course … MORE

    First Trail Race; First Night Race Half Marathon; Tough Race all in the dark, Red Light helped viewing night sky; Good Weather, Good Volunteers, Access Road and part of course was a Washboard.

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    jutnmal FIRST-TIMER '21

    If running at night have a very good headlamp. Also make sure your headlamp is comfortable. The trail isn't marked the best, so good luck! Train on slick rock if … MORE

    If running at night have a very good headlamp. Also make sure your headlamp is comfortable. The trail isn’t marked the best, so good luck! Train on slick rock if possible. The start and finish is on rock (lava rock?), so be careful. Course is very uneven, take care not to fall or hurt ankles.

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    kjvboeve FIRST-TIMER '21

    A fun and challenging trail race with amazing views. Ran under the stars and moon in perfect conditions. This race was a nice mix of easy dirt road and challenging … MORE

    A fun and challenging trail race with amazing views. Ran under the stars and moon in perfect conditions. This race was a nice mix of easy dirt road and challenging single track, with a few wicked rock bits. Great fun!

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    tpence06 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was a great introduction to Zion and running at night was very new. I started running at 7pm and caught the sunset on the ridge, which was unbeatable. Miles … MORE

    This was a great introduction to Zion and running at night was very new. I started running at 7pm and caught the sunset on the ridge, which was unbeatable. Miles 6-8 were technical and a little treacherous in the dark but everything else was fantastic.

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    Mleslie88 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first half marathon, first trail race, first at night race. So... lot's of firsts! The atmosphere Vacation Races creates got us really pumped up. The course was … MORE

    This was my first half marathon, first trail race, first at night race. So… lot’s of firsts! The atmosphere Vacation Races creates got us really pumped up. The course was challenging but so much fun. The only thing I would do differently is a different start time- I would have loved to be able to see more of the scenery around us but that is no one’s fault but my own 🙂 The snack boxes & chocolate milk at the end were perfect. We are already planning our next race!

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    Edubois FIRST-TIMER '21

    If you are looking for a challenging half marathon that definitely isn't your run of the mill half marathon, then this race is for you! With a challenging technical trail … MORE

    If you are looking for a challenging half marathon that definitely isn’t your run of the mill half marathon, then this race is for you! With a challenging technical trail and an 8 pm start time, I was just hoping to finish this one without injury. This race is so much fun! The stars and moon over the course were like nothing I’ve every seen before. The trail was challenging which was amplified by it being at night, but this was certainly a welcome challenge. My advice: take this course slowly and be careful! My typical half marathon time is around two hours, and this one took me about and hour longer to do with some occasional stops to stare at the stars! This race is an experience, so enjoy it to the fullest!

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    waynerun FIRST-TIMER '21

    Signing up, our group had a small glitch that Anna handled quickly. So glad she did because we would not have wanted to miss this run. Started just after sunset, … MORE

    Signing up, our group had a small glitch that Anna handled quickly. So glad she did because we would not have wanted to miss this run. Started just after sunset, good hour plus of awesome night sky views and then the moonrise. Surfaces varied including washboarded road, dirt and rock trail, and smooth rolling bedrock. We revisited the scene of the crime a couple of days later to see the course in the daylight and take in the views into the valleys. Great to run into people the following days wearing the shirt in the parks and towns and swap stories of the experience. Thank you all for organizing such a cool event.

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    redheadsings FIRST-TIMER '21

    Definitely a difficult course! I expected to run on a rocky terrain, I did not expect the thick sand! The last lil bit to the finish was on lava rock, … MORE

    Definitely a difficult course! I expected to run on a rocky terrain, I did not expect the thick sand! The last lil bit to the finish was on lava rock, which made it exceptionally hard to “push to the finish” because at this points your legs are jello and lava rock is so unstable. BUT! It was amazing! for at least 8 miles (during the sandy sections), we were able to turn our headlamps off and literally run under the light of the moon and star-filled sky, and it was breathtaking! Definitely a memorable race!

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    irlanska FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first half marathon ever. I thought this run was absolutely perfect. I was in the first race. I hoped that the timing of the sunset would line … MORE

    This was my first half marathon ever. I thought this run was absolutely perfect. I was in the first race. I hoped that the timing of the sunset would line up with me being near the cliffs of Lollipop Loop and it was. The race was very challenging, especially on the part that felt like Mars, but I was able to finish that part in the dimming light. Running under the stars was just magical. I think I’m hooked!

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    acm0995 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This race was tough! Loved the rolling starts, the course views and the swag. I can see how it would be easy to get lost on the course miles 6-9 … MORE

    This race was tough! Loved the rolling starts, the course views and the swag. I can see how it would be easy to get lost on the course miles 6-9 during the truly dark hours (I ran at 6 am).
    This course was fun!!

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    donatigray REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Zion at Night is the first event I've completed with Vacation Races, and it won't be my last. I found communications about the event to be organized and helpful. The … MORE

    Zion at Night is the first event I’ve completed with Vacation Races, and it won’t be my last. I found communications about the event to be organized and helpful.

    The race itself was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The views were unbelievable, and as night fell, I enjoyed the exhilarating challenge of only being able to see what was right in front of me. It was my first trail race, and I found the technical part of the course to be challenging but worthwhile.

    Aid stations throughout the course were well spaced and had plenty of resources. My only feedback is to avoid having the start/finish line in the rough gravel.

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    kpatch0808 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race was great! The course was difficult for a few miles due to rough terrain but it was doable. Being at night also made it tough, but seeing the … MORE

    This race was great! The course was difficult for a few miles due to rough terrain but it was doable. Being at night also made it tough, but seeing the stars and even a shooting star made it all worth it! I would totally do this race again! It’s a must have on your to do list!

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    spurdue88 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Obviously, the coolest part was getting to run in the dark. It was a beautiful night and I loved being encouraged to turn my headlamp off on easy parts to … MORE

    Obviously, the coolest part was getting to run in the dark. It was a beautiful night and I loved being encouraged to turn my headlamp off on easy parts to run by the light of the moon and stars. The course wasn’t too difficult, but had some technical parts and the final uphill was killer. The event was well organized and a fantastic experience that I couldn’t recommend enough.

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    burlioz REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Take your time, watch your step and enjoy the scenery. For me it was all about the view of the stars and watching the sunrise over the mountains. MORE

    Take your time, watch your step and enjoy the scenery. For me it was all about the view of the stars and watching the sunrise over the mountains.

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    bigcball FIRST-TIMER '21

    The course was beautiful. The run was amazing. For a first timer, this was definitely a challenge. Most of the course was a dirt road. You warm up with a … MORE

    The course was beautiful. The run was amazing. For a first timer, this was definitely a challenge.
    Most of the course was a dirt road. You warm up with a slight downhill run over the first mile, then for the next 5 or so you’re going to be gradually climbing. Mile 6 is where I got all messed up – the trails got narrow, you begin to run and climb on slick rock (not sure why it has this name as it isn’t slick), but you really need to watch out for the trail markers. My only complaint is that the markers were spread too far apart and it was easy to get lost. Once you make it to through all of that, then you get back to the easy dirt course and you start going downhill. At this point, you just focus your mind on the finish and cruise to that final 1 mile of uphill road. Enjoy the night sky and the surrounding nature. It’s beautiful out there.

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