Starting Line for the Keeper 2017
Whether your schedule prevents you from racing on weekends, or you’re just looking to add an extra challenge to your weekday training, this series is for you. Takes place on Tuesday evenings this spring at popular running venues in Salt Lake City (Sugar House Park, Liberty Park, City Creek Canyon/Memory Grove). First race is April 11 at Sugar House Park.
A Park City tradition! This relay is run on a scenic course that passes Olympic venues, landmarks, and Historic Main Street with easy and tough legs for all levels of runners. Teams of five, ten, or even just two runners can run the 38-mile, 10-leg race on May 20. Unlike longer relays, you’ll race and attend the after-party (free lunch, beer garden, and kid-friendly activities) and be done early enough for a night in or on the town after.
One of Utah’s fastest half marathons, this race takes you down beautiful Big Cottonwood Canyon with over 3,000 gradual feet of descent. Enjoy the beautiful pine tree and mountain views as you speed down the canyon in spring weather on June 10. All finisher’s receive a medal, but you can earn a bonus Personal Record medal by breaking your PR on the course. Drop 13 medals are given to those who lose 13 pounds or more in the course of race training. 5K in Big Cottonwood Canyon also offered.
Run where you play at this 5K and half marathon just outside Yellowstone National Park. The races are June 9–10 and courses start and finish at the old airport in West Yellowstone—less than a mile from the West Park Entrance. Run the 5K on Friday and half marathon the next day to receive the coveted Bison Double bonus medal and extra swag.
Utah’s oldest road race is still running, and you can keep the tradition alive by celebrating Pioneer Day on the racecourse. This event is held every year on July 24, and the half and full marathons follow the same path the Mormon Pioneers took into the Salt Lake Valley on this same day in 1847. Prefer a short, fast race? Run the speedy, downhill 10K along the Days of ’47 parade route past thousands of cheering spectators.
Pro cyclists travel from around the world to compete in the Tour of Utah, but even if you’re not a pro, you can get in on the action at The Ultimate Challenge. Called America’s Toughest One-day Cycling Adventure, Ultimate Challenge racers ride the same mountainous course as the professionals with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain. Held Saturday, August 5 on same day and course as Tour of Utah, Stage 6. Finishes at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in time to watch the pros dross the finish line.