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Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K

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The course for the Drop13 is considered by most who run it the fastest Half Marathon in Utah.

This course starts near Solitude Ski Resort up Big Cottonwood Canyon and runs down over

3000 feet of elevation for 13.1 miles to Old Mill Shopping Center. There are some courses that

may have a slight steeper decline however many racers feel ours is faster in that it does not

require you to press the brakes as you run down. The downhill is gradual and fairly consistent.

The time of the year has historically been great for this race as well. Nice cool temps with

highs in the low 70's for the day.

How to enter the Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  2. 5K

    Run 5km
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Drop 13 Half Marathon - 5K routes

Half Marathon
The Drop13 Half Marathon starts just below Solitude Ski Resort on the road. The reason it starts on the road is based on the measurement being exactly 13.1 miles from the finish. This course is 100% downhill with 3000 feet of decline. This course has incredible views of pine trees and the stream is running high and fast due to the Spring run off. This course requires all runners to stay in the Westbound lane so cars can be shuttled up and down the East bound lane via police pilot cars. Stay to the right of the yellow lane line for your safety and it is the rules. Many feel that this is the fastest Half Marathon in Utah. We do know that we give out Personal Record medals to close to 50% of the runners for this event. Judge it for yourself.

Aid Stations are every two miles starting at Mile 2. Powerade, Water and bathrooms at each. Mile 8 has GU gels.

We are pleased to announce that in 2016 we changed the 5K to be a bused out start. Now you can Drop 3.1 from up in Big Cottonwood Canyon to the finish. This should greatly improve your 5K finish time. It has about 900 feet of decline.

Aid Station at 1.55 on the course. It will have a bathroom, water, and Powerade.

Event Details

What’s Included

The Drop13 Half Marathon gives out Personal Record medals in addition to finish medals, Drop13 LBS medals and age group medals. In 2015 the Drop13 Half Marathon gave away over 50% Personal Record Medals and in 2016 45% Personal Record Medals to those that competed in this race. We would like to hold those stats to any race for Personal Records!

Racers who get the Upgrade Half Marathon Option will receive an upgraded Bus that will leave at 4:40AM. It will have its own bathroom and racers can stay in it to the start of the race. Racers will get a draw string swag bag, a heated tent, upgraded shirt and more.
Raceday Logistics

Friday, June 12
3:00 - 8:00 pm Packet Pickup

Saturday, June 13
3:45 - 4:30 am - Late Packet Pickup (Blue Cross, 2890 E. Cottonwood Parkway in W. Parking Lot, Salt Lake City)
4:00 am - Half Marathon buses leave
5:30 am - 5K buses leave
5:30 am - Pre-race meeting for Half Marathon at starting line
6:00 am - Half Marathon START
6:30 am - Pre-race meeting for 5K at start line
7:00 am - 5K START (Cottonwood Canyon, 3.1 miles from the Half finish line)
8:30 am - Awards Ceremony
9:00 am - Start to sweep course for runners (you can finish if you've made it out of the Canyon (mile 11.3) by 9:00 am)

Buses leave from:

Blue Cross Building - West Parking Lot
2890 E Cottonwood Parkway SLC, Utah

Volunteers for this race get a $50 credit towards a future race with On Hill Events within 13 months of the date of this event. This is good for this race next year as well. Transfer credits are fully transferrable to other runners can be combined to increase the value if the race costs more than $50. Volunteers traditionally do jobs like hand out water at aid stations or direct runners on where to turn. We will not ask you to do anything too hard. This is a great way to be involved in the race without running in it. Volunteers are asked to plan on 5 hours of work for this credit which consists of 60 minutes prior to race start so we can get you in place.

Head over to to sign up (as well as to claim your volunteer credit)!

Questions & answers

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    Debbie C
    where do you pick up the packets on Friday for the Saturday race?


    Steph E
    Hey there, just to let you know you can pick up your race packets at At Wasatch Running Center 8946 South State Street Sandy. All the best!
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    Jae L
    Where do I go to defer this race


    Steph E
    Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. If you ping our customer support team an email they will be happy to help - [email protected]

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