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Hero Half and 5K

Get yourself back in shape and support community heroes at this nice and easy 5K on Saturday, April 7 at The Shops at the Riverwoods in Provo. The Hero Half is held later in the year on Saturday, November 10 and is a fast-paced race that begins at Big Springs in Provo Canyon. Follows a beautiful downhill course past Bridal Veil Falls and the Provo River. The goal of these races is to raise support for the heroes of our community. Proceeds will be used to help the families of veterans and first-responders’ families.

Front Runner Metric Century

Cycle from Salt Lake City to Ogden at this metric century (62-mile) bike ride that features less than 700 feet of climbing—making it an easier spring event. The ride is Saturday, May 5 and begins downtown and ends at Ogden’s historic railroad depot. The metric century is fully supported with aid stations every 15 miles and finishes with an (optional) catered meal. Includes return to Salt Lake City (with your bike) on the Front Runner.

Margarita Madness 5K

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Utah’s only run that ends with margaritas! This 5K on Saturday, May 5 begins and ends at Jordan Park (1060 S. 900 West) in Salt Lake City and is open only to participants age 21 and up. Walkers and runners welcome at this fun, social run. Entry includes a medal, shirt, after party with DJ, and food trucks, and margaritas at the finish line—of course.

Mountain Meltdown 5K

CrossFit fanatics flock to this annual event at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City on Saturday, May 12. Participants cover just over five kilometers of stairs, tracks, and trails that they push, pedal, and run. The course has 900 feet of elevation gain to which the race adds five to seven Classic CrossFit WODs. Expect a tough race with divisions for beginners, men, women, and four-person teams.

Ragnar Trail Zion

Escape the pavement and run amidst the red rocks and high desert trails of Zion at this 8-person two-day, one-night trail relay at Zion Ponderosa Ranch from May 11–12. Your team will camp at the Ranch, located just outside the park, and each teammate will run three challenging trail loops that start and finish at the Ragnar Village.

Utah Lake Olympic Triathlon

The only race of its kind in Utah, the Utah Lake Triathlon is solely an Olympic distance event: 1,500-yard swim, 28-mile bike, and 10K run. The race is Saturday, May 19 on the south end of Utah Lake and begins with an out-and-back swim starting at Lincoln Beach. Followed by flat bike ride with lake and mountain views that wraps with flat run by West Mountain Orchards. Race shirts and finisher medals included for all participants.

Best Friends 5K

Help homeless pets at this 5K fun run with (or without) your dog on Sunday, May 20 from Capitol Hill through Memory Grove in Salt Lake City. Proceeds benefit the animals at Best Friends Animal Society. Expect extra gifts for the first 200 humans and 100 dogs that sign up. Racing with your dog is encouraged, but not required.

17th Annual Porcupine Hill Climb

Like sufferfests? Sign up for this challenging hill climber race on Saturday, June 2 where you’ll bike 14.5 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Brighton Ski Resort. Top rated among North American hill climber races, the course begins at Porcupine and ascends 3,900 feet. Each year proceeds of the event are donated to charity. And don’t worry if you’re not an expert hill climber, all ability levels are welcome. Finish line party at Brighton Ski Resort.

Discrete Cirque Series Alta

This locally grown race series returns to Alta Ski Area on Saturday, July 14 with a challenging 7.2-mile/12K course that features 2,545 feet of climbing. The event begins at the base of Albion Lodge, and you’ll run up to the summit of Mt. Baldy before descending back down to Albion Grill. At the base, the village will be bumping with music, shoe demos, and vendors. Every registrant gets a Discrete Cirque Series snapback, raffle ticket, finisher medal, sponsor swag bag, and free professional race photos.


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