Overall Rating
Overall Rating (101 Reviews)
4.8
(101 Ratings)(101 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.5
Run the beautiful road to Zion. This course is a challenging but incredibly beautiful steady climb towards the mouth of main Zion Canyon. Chase the sunrise over the Watchman and come run below the vibrant cliffs of Zion. We’re getting back to our original Zion Half Marathon course this year, … MORE
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    LucieK FIRST-TIMER '20

    I have had such a wonderful experience. The race was very well organized. Overall just an amazing race, spectacular views, great route. Highly recommended this race or any Vaction Races … MORE

    I have had such a wonderful experience. The race was very well organized. Overall just an amazing race, spectacular views, great route. Highly recommended this race or any Vaction Races race. I can not wait for my next one;)

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    LifebytheMile REPEAT RUNNER '20

    said. VR puts on the best race. Zion was no different. Awesome vibes. Friendly runners. Friendly volunteers. Friendly locals. Killer swag. Beautiful course. I couldn't really ask for anything more. MORE

    said. VR puts on the best race. Zion was no different. Awesome vibes. Friendly runners. Friendly volunteers. Friendly locals. Killer swag. Beautiful course. I couldn’t really ask for anything more.

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    memarsh10 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my second half marathon overall and first time running with Vacation Races and I had 0 complaints! On the trail I spent a decent portion of the time … MORE

    This was my second half marathon overall and first time running with Vacation Races and I had 0 complaints! On the trail I spent a decent portion of the time watching my feet, but when I did look up the views were incredible! I honestly thought about walking the course after I finished to soak it in. The race production seemed seamless to me. The pacers, number and quality of aid stations were above what I expected and a round of applause for all the snacks provided at the finish line. Great quality in my opinion. I will be racing with them again!

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    GabiSD REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Usually the Zion Half in February is a road race but this year it was a trail run. Fantastic views, great organization. I’ll be back next year! MORE

    Usually the Zion Half in February is a road race but this year it was a trail run.
    Fantastic views, great organization. I’ll be back next year!

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    This was a fun race. My first time running trails at this distance. Originally a road race, the location changed to mostly trail due to COVID permitting problems. They will … MORE

    This was a fun race. My first time running trails at this distance. Originally a road race, the location changed to mostly trail due to COVID permitting problems. They will go back to the original course in 2022.

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    nobodyimportant REPEAT RUNNER '21

    It was a beautiful trail that offered gorgeous views of the Virgin River valley and surrounding area and would be a beautiful destination for a great day in the cedars. MORE

    It was a beautiful trail that offered gorgeous views of the Virgin River valley and surrounding area and would be a beautiful destination for a great day in the cedars.

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    tabbie914 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    The shirt and medal design are beautiful. The race was fun and had the vibe of being with friends. This trail version was very challenging, but I survived. MORE

    The shirt and medal design are beautiful. The race was fun and had the vibe of being with friends. This trail version was very challenging, but I survived.

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    CaptTurtle REPEAT RUNNER '20

    From the warming tent before the race to the supportive finish line, and everything in between, the Zion half marathon earns 5 stars. The course’s natural beauty of Zion Canyon … MORE

    From the warming tent before the race to the supportive finish line, and everything in between, the Zion half marathon earns 5 stars. The course’s natural beauty of Zion Canyon is marked with soaring cliffs, a meandering river, totally awesome scenery and cheerful volunteers supplying nutrition and hydration as you run from Virgin to Springdale. The medal and race shirt are pretty cool too.

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    kellydaly2 VOLUNTEER '15

    I volunteered at finish and didn’t end up running because of all the rain. My husband did the 50K. We are dying to get back and do both races over … MORE

    I volunteered at finish and didn’t end up running because of all the rain. My husband did the 50K. We are dying to get back and do both races over again!!! Hopefully without rain!

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    msudak FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is a vacation race. Treat it as that (you're there for the experience and not a PR) and you're fine. There seems to be a continuous OVERALL uphill but … MORE

    This is a vacation race. Treat it as that (you’re there for the experience and not a PR) and you’re fine. There seems to be a continuous OVERALL uphill but really only 2 “hills” but it does not play fast. You have great scenery virtually the entire time and finish at the entrance to the actual official park. It was a complete blast of an experience………….and do not eat at Juniper

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    3uniceful FIRST-TIMER '20

    Impressive aid stations, especially loved the gels, amazing view, monsters hills hurt, would be nice if they played more music to pump up, or cheer chants to motivate runners, loved … MORE

    Impressive aid stations, especially loved the gels, amazing view, monsters hills hurt, would be nice if they played more music to pump up, or cheer chants to motivate runners, loved the free pictures it really sets this particular race ahead from different ones. Very organized. Shuttles could use some work wasn’t sure where to wait. It’d be nice if they had specific details on the location and leaving time.

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    domino76 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Again my favorite racing company put on a show. This is probably the pretties course you will ever run. The entire course has views of the mountains of Zion National … MORE

    Again my favorite racing company put on a show. This is probably the pretties course you will ever run. The entire course has views of the mountains of Zion National Park. The town around has so much to offer. The course is difficult if you are not used to hills & higher elevation. The t shirt was nice & of course the medals are 10/10.

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    tinatinar123 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Parking for package pick up a bit unexpected. Loved the vendors, pickup bib was easy and fast. Able to head to Zion trails after pickup.. staff and volunteers very, very … MORE

    Parking for package pick up a bit unexpected. Loved the vendors, pickup bib was easy and fast. Able to head to Zion trails after pickup.. staff and volunteers very, very supportive. I’m a walker and proud of it! Loved having group cheer me on at the end as well as the Cordinator. So supportive, loved it! Highly recommend, amazing weekend!

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    aowin33 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Zion is a gorgeous place for a race, it had amazing scenery! Gradual uphill for the whole thing, but was actually not too bad. Just three small sections that were … MORE

    Zion is a gorgeous place for a race, it had amazing scenery! Gradual uphill for the whole thing, but was actually not too bad. Just three small sections that were a little more intense. Some sections had your feet going sideways though due to the edge of the curb and that wasn’t great on the ankles but that didn’t last long. Overall well worth it!

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    joolee88 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    Vacation Race did a great job on organizing this event! From shuttling runners and spectators to the race guide and e-mails send out beforehand, I had no questions since it … MORE

    Vacation Race did a great job on organizing this event! From shuttling runners and spectators to the race guide and e-mails send out beforehand, I had no questions since it was all very detailed! In my opinion Zion is a great first race for anyone wanting to do their first half. The views were great but not as amazing as some of the other Vacation Races I’ve done (Glacier). I would highly recommend running Zion and exploring Zion National Park, because it is glorious inside! I also PR so that was a great bonus for me!

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    nobodyimportant FIRST-TIMER '20

    The location is spectacular. There is an incredible amount of accommodations in every aspect: from hotels, transportation and tourism, to encouragement, enthusiasm and running support. — it really does feel … MORE

    The location is spectacular. There is an incredible amount of accommodations in every aspect: from hotels, transportation and tourism, to encouragement, enthusiasm and running support. — it really does feel like a vacation.

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    ATL4Tay FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course is lovely, all along on a paved road. We had a very cold race morning. Vacation Races always puts on a great expo and post-race party, but the shuttle … MORE

    Course is lovely, all along on a paved road. We had a very cold race morning. Vacation Races always puts on a great expo and post-race party, but the shuttle system to the start could use some tweaking – I think we were supposed to get on a shuttle to the start at 4:30am for a 6:30 start, which would have meant standing around in 9 degree weather in the dark for over an hour. Needless to say my group opted to drive ourselves to the start and wait in our heated car.

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    themame REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The race was really well put together and the views were incredible throughout the race! It was a very cold morning in southern Utah but that only adds to an … MORE

    The race was really well put together and the views were incredible throughout the race! It was a very cold morning in southern Utah but that only adds to an already memorable race day.

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    RunKMacRun FIRST-TIMER '19

    2019 was freak weather according to all the locals. It was 9 deg at the start and there was still a lot of snow on the ground the last 3 … MORE

    2019 was freak weather according to all the locals. It was 9 deg at the start and there was still a lot of snow on the ground the last 3 miles. The roads were safe and well maintained.

    If you do a Vacation Race be sure to stay before and after the race a few days. The race always included a few hike recommendations that if you complete you earn some extra goodies.

    Besides the cold the bulk of the race was all uphill and at about 3,500 feet of elevation. Some training would be recommended for this course.

    Very pretty. Put this one on your bucket list!

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    ssabol1562 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I can't say enough good things about this race. The race directors got hit with weather and temperatures far below normal for this time of year. It was 9 degrees … MORE

    I can’t say enough good things about this race. The race directors got hit with weather and temperatures far below normal for this time of year. It was 9 degrees at the start when it’s normally 50-60 degrees. Despite the weather causing them to have to make numerous last minute changes to race day logistics, they handled it smoothly and the race went off with as planned.

    I would not call this race easy. The course could be described as rolling hills but it was more up than down plus being at altitude (about 3600 ft) with the cold, heavy air definitely slowed my pace down by about a minute a mile. However, this is a race where it definitely pays to take your time. This was by far the most beautiful course I have ever run. It follows the 13.1 miles that lead right up to the entrance to the park and the snow covered mountains all around us definitely took my mind off the hills and cold.

    The swag for this race is good. The medal is beautiful and is one of my favorites. The shirt could be a little better in my opinion. The design is nice but the fabric is very light and flimsy. One other really awesome perk was that we received free professional pictures from the race. And they had photographers in multiple locations so you got several shots!

    I do love the cupless concept that Vacation Races uses. It’s great to run through water stops and not see countless bags of garbage laying around. Although this race the cold hurt a little as the nozzles on the coolers they use for water froze up. However, the volunteers did a great job of innovating on the fly to make sure everyone got the hydration that they need.

    The thing that impressed me the most was in the afternoon after the race, we received an email from the race directors admitting that the water stops were an issue and acknowledging that they could have done better. While I think they did the best they could with the circumstances, I think it says a lot when a race director calls themselves out and acknowledges where they came up short. I will definitely be putting many more Vacation Races on my schedule.

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