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Utah Valley Marathon

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Pull on your running shoes for this scenic marathon through Provo Canyon. Named one of the top 10 races in the US, the mostly downhill course is perfect for first-time marathoners and also for runners looking to grab Boston Marathon qualifying times. Come for the tech t-shirt and finisher's medal.

How to enter the Utah Valley Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. 10k

    Run 10km
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  4. 1k

    Run 1km
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Utah Valley Marathon routes


The course begins in Wallsburg, and then heads into Provo Canyon and follows the Provo River. The course is largely downhill, with only a few short climbs. From mile 7, there are no turns on the course, which makes for a speedy race and prevents people from going off course. The race finishes at the Utah County Courthouse park in historic Provo.

There are aid stations at miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26.2.

Portable restrooms are available along the course.

Half Marathon

Runners begin in Provo Canyon and run along the US 189 highway. The course is mostly downhill and has no turns, which makes for a speedy race and prevents people from going off course. The race finishes at the Provo Tabernacle.


This course follows the same course as the final 10 kilometers of the marathon. It is a gentle downhill course.

Kids 1K

This race provides kids with an opportunity to complete their race in a finish chute, spurred on by supporting friends and family. This race will not be timed, so is more of a chance to get kids into the spirit of running.

Event Details

What’s Included

Tech t-shirt

Medals for participants that finish within 6 hours

Age division awards for the top 5 finishers in the marathon

Prize money for the top 5 overall male and female finishers

Prizes from Sierra West

Raceday Logistics

There is a bag drop available for the marathon and half marathon (but not the 10K). Please use the bag you collect from the event expo as your gear drop bag. Each bib has a removable bag tag that should be tied to your gear drop bag.

Please do not leave valuables in your bag. We take no responsibility for lost or damaged items.

The contents of any bags not collected by the end of the day will be donated to charity.

Kit List
Please bring cool clothes, as it can get quite hot on the course. Also remember that the early start will be cold, so we suggest bringing cheap sweater that can be discarded at the start line – these items will be donated to charity.
We encourage supporters to come to the finish line to add to the buzzing atmosphere and cheer on runners to the finish.
We’re always looking for volunteers! Please sign up to help through our website.

Do I need to ride the bus to the starting line?

Yes. There is not available parking at the starting line.

Is this a Boston Marathon qualifier?

Yes. The Utah Valley Marathon is USATF sanctioned and certified. The certification code for the Utah Valley Marathon is: UT13001TJD. We also have a Boston Qualifier rewards program.

Where are the aid stations?

The aid stations will be at miles: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26.2. Each aid station will have both water and sports drink. Oranges and bananas will be provided at miles 11, 15, 21, and 24. Miles 7, 13 and 19 will be equipped with CLIF Shot gels.

Where are good locations to cheer?

There are many good locations to cheer along University Avenue in Provo, and a few locations in the canyon with parking. If you choose to go cheer for your athletes in the canyon be very cautious of the runners and vehicles. The traffic is limited to one Provo bound lane, and may be difficult to cross. The parks we recommend for best spectating in the canyon include: Mount Timpanogos Park, Canyon Glen Park, Nunn’s Park & Deer Creek State Park.

Is there a massage and medical tent at the finish?

Yes. There will be several massage tables to work athletes’ stiff muscles. There is a medical tent with trained professionals.

Is the course chip timed?

Yes. Marathon runners will be timed with chips located on the back side of the bib numbers. It is required that your bib number remain on the front side of your shirt (preferably chest high), so that the antennas will read your chip properly. Please do not alter or fold your bib number in any way, so that your chip will be read. At the end of the race you may keep your timing chip.

Are there any discounts to hotels for marathon runners?

Yes. The Marriott Hotel In downtown Provo has contracted for discount rates for runners. We will be bussing from in front of this hotel to the full marathon start. It is important to note that this property will not have buses to the half marathon start. Half Marathon athletes will be bused from the Provo Towne Centre Mall, and we have different discounted hotels for half marathon athletes.

What is the time limit for completing the Utah Valley Marathon?

Our new course goes through certain areas that cannot be shut down longer than what a six hour pace would allow. We must limit the course time to the six hour pace, and hope that the people that need a little slower pace join us in our half marathon that will remain open for the full six hours that the full marathon course is open.

Are wheelchairs and handcycles allowed?

Due to safety concerns wheelchairs & handcycles are no longer allowed in the full marathon. There is a wheelchair/handcycle division in the half marathon. We have added prize money to this new handcycle/wheelchair division. Learn more about handcycle/wheelchair awards in the half marathon division.

Are the miles marked?

Yes. We will have signs at each mile.

What parts of Utah County does the marathon go through?

The marathon goes through Provo Canyon, past Bridal Veil Falls, a small part of Orem near the mouth of the canyon, and beautiful downtown Provo. See the marathon map for more information.

Is there a place I can drop off my sweats during the marathon?

Yes. At the starting line a truck will take items back to the finish. We highly recommend you put your items in a bag with your race number on it. This will help sort your items at the finish area. Clothing dropped at any other point along the course will be considered a donation to charity.

Where is packet pick-up, and when?

Packet pick-up will be inside the Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W. Center St., Provo) between 10:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. on Friday, June 8, 2018.

What is the average temperature on race day?

The average low is 53 and the average high is 85. Our early start time allows athletes to finish before the highest temperature of the day.

Remember to wear layers. One suggestion is to buy a cheap throw away sweater at a discount store to wear for the first several miles and then toss on the side of the road when you don’t want to use it anymore. All clothing dropped on the side of the road during the marathon will be donated to charity.

Questions & answers

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    Ricky W
    So im signed up for this years marathon and tore my knee up recently training and its taking a lot longer to heal and won't be able to run in this this years race can I transfer my registration to next years race


    Steph E
    Hi there. So sorry to hear about your injury, please could you reach out to our support team at [email protected] with your details? Thanks!
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    Bliss S
    I’m signed up for the marathon on June 1st and just broke my foot. Am i able to transfer it to next year?


    Steph E
    Hi there, please send us a quick email with your details to [email protected] and we should be able to help out! Thanks

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