Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 mile

March 20, 2021

Registration Open

Moab, Utah

Half Marathon Start Time: 8:30 a.m., 5 Mile Start Time: 8:45 a.m.

2021 Event Update

We are still planning on hosting this event. To meet new Covid guidelines, we expect the course to be out and back this year. We will start and finish at Lions Park. Because shuttles are not possible, we will ask participants to walk to the starting line. There is a foot bridge from Lions Park to the Springhill Suites and Fairfield Inn.

We will post more information, as we move through the planning process. To see how we are handling our other events, check out the 2020 Arches Half Marathon Race Guide.


Of course, as guidelines change so may our plans.  

About Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 Mile

The first Canyonlands Half Marathon was run on May 1, 1976 had just 22 finishers, including a dog. Today, thousands of runners come together in March to enjoy the scenic red rock formations and winding Colorado River that Moab has come to be known for! Running parallel to Arches National Park and the Mighty Colorado, runners are in for a real treat. Long considered a "Bucket List" race, Canyonlands Half Marathon was named by Runners World UK, in their article "The Worlds Greatest Races,"  in the July 2018 issue. 

Course Information

For information about the course, aid stations, and time limits, see our Course Information Page.

Race Guide

The race program is published digitally. You can print it out or save it to your phone. Check out the 2020 Race Guide.

Travel Information

Check out the Travel Page for information about lodging and recreation in Moab!

Expo and Packet Pickup

Friday, March 19, 2020

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: Center Street Gym

                  217 East Center Street

                  Moab, UT

Parking: Parking for the Expo is limited.  Please plan to walk, it's a great way to see downtown Moab, or carpool!

If race sells out, we will not allow registrations at packet pickup.  

Race Day Packet Pickup:

Saturday, March 20, 2020

Time: 6:00 a.m.- 6:45 a.m.

Location: Center Street Gym

                  217 East Center Street

                  Moab, UT

There is no race day registration.

Information Regarding Packet Pickup Process:

  1. You will need to have a photo ID in order to receive your packet.

  2. Please look up your bib number on the wall of the gym.

  3. Race changes cannot be done after packet pickup on Friday. Changes made to your registration at packet pickup are charged an $8 administration fee, plus an upgrade fee of $10 to change to the half marathon. Cash or check only.  *If you contact us before race week, there is no charge for downgrades and upgrades are $10. 

  4. Runners may pick up swag of a registered runner, who will not be in attendance.

  5. Runners may not pick up someone else's bib.  

  6. Entries are non-transferable.

Start Line Shuttle Information

Half Marathon Start: shuttles load between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.

Location: the south side of Swanny City Park along Park Drive.

Five Mile Start: shuttle vehicles load between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM

Location: in front of the Helen M. Knight School located at 400 N and 100 W

Information Regarding Shuttle Process:

  1. Runners must show their bibs to board a shuttle.

  2. Runners staying upriver from the Half Marathon race start on Hwy 128 can be dropped off there no later than 7:50 AM.

  3. Please board shuttles promptly—it takes considerable time to move people up a narrow winding canyon road.

  4. Parking for shuttles to the start is very limited. Please plan to walk or carpool to Swanny City Park on Saturday morning.

  5. There is NO PARKING AT THE START! All participants need to take a shuttle to the start areas.

Finish Line Shuttle Information

Shuttles will be taking spectators and runners between the finish line and Helen M Knight Elementary School, located at 400N and 100W, from 8:30 AM until 1 PM. The shuttles will run continuously. There is no parking at the finish line.  


All spectators and runners must use the underpass to access shuttle pickup/drop-off location, at Lions Park. Do not cross the highway. Strollers must be able to fold and fit on school bus. No dogs allowed on the shuttles. 

*The finish line is within walking distance of the Fairfield Inn and Springhill Inn, at Lions Park. Just follow the pedestrian bridge across the river and then use the underpass. 

Start Line Gear Check

There will be a vehicle parked near the start line area for runners to put their gear bags before the start. 

  1. Use the bag supplied at packet pickup, which will be labeled with your bib number.

  2. Official gear bag transport vehicles are at both the half marathon and five mile starts and convey runners’ items to the finish for pickup after the race. 

  3. Bags will be arranged by bib number at the Gear Bag Pickup area at Swanny City Park after the race.

  4. Please do not place valuables in your gear bag.  Mad Moose Events is not responsible for lost items.

Start Times

Half Marathon Start: 8:30 a.m.

5 Mile Start: 8:45 a.m.

Finish Line Festival

The finish line festival is located at Lions Park, located at the intersection of Hwy 128 and Hwy 191.  Hwy 128 is closed for the duration of the event. All spectators must take shuttle. See shuttle information for details. Runners will be shuttle back to Helen M. Knight Elementary school, which is next to Swanny Park. 


There will be a beer garden, with Moab Brewery's craft beer on tap, and a live band. Runners will be served water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and a delicious variety of food. The finish line closes at 12:15 pm. 

Dogs are NOT allowed on shuttles or at Lions Park.  An off leash area, the Bark Park, is located on 300 S.

Runner Perks

Runners will receive a unique finisher's medal, custom printed race shirt, Mad Moose bag, great post race refreshments, and a beer garden.

Race Photos

A professional event photography company, will be taking photos of runners at the event. Photos will be available online after the race. See them here:


Need more information about pricing, race rules, refund policy, or runner requirements? Check out our FAQ page!


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