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ZION HALF

RACE GUIDE March 22, 2014


EVENTSCHEDULE MARCH 21-22,2014

Friday 11:00 AM

Packet pickup and Race Expo start.

6:00 PM

Race Expo ends.

7:00 PM

Packet pickup closes.

RACE EXPO - The expo will be held at the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theater (145 Zion Park Blvd. Springdale, UT 84767). You can pick up your bib and gear, but plan to stay and check out our awesome vendors! SHUTTLES - We will have limited shuttle service the morning of the race. If you signed up for the shuttle, be sure to get your wristband at the expo! After the race we will run shuttle services back to the start line parking lot for all who need it at no cost. PARKING - There will be plenty of parking at the start line, but please get there early. Anticipate significant traffic delays. We will close the parking lot at 6:40AM. You will not be able to park after that. There will be drop-off zones near the entrance.*

Saturday 5:00 AM

Open starting line parking

5:05 AM

First prize raffle (every 5 minutes).

5:45 AM

Last shuttle leaves from finish line area.

6:15 AM

Cars parking should be in start line parking lot.

6:30 AM

Last prize raffle.

6:40 AM

Start line parking lot closes. Hard cutoff.

6:45 AM

Runners line up / Warming tent closes / Last call for gear check.

7:00 AM

Race starts! Hand-cycle division.

7:05 AM

Race starts! All divisions.

9:30 AM

Awards Ceremony / First shuttle leaves for start line.

11:30 AM

Final shuttle leaves. *see page 18 for parking map

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THECOURSE

OPEN COURSE - This race is an open course. There will be cars on the road as well as runners. DO NOT step off the course into traffic, you will be disqualified. We want you to stay safe. CHOKE START - The start will be “choked”. If you are standing towards the back, after the gun goes off you may be standing for a few moments before there is any movement. This is to space everyone out and to avoid a rush. Your time does not oficially start until you cross the starting line, so please be curtious to others as we start the race. GEAR CHECK - You will be given a Gear Check bag at the starting line if you wish. It will be a white garbage bag that you can fill with anything you want transported to the finish line. There will be permanent markers you can use to write your name and bib number. Avoid putting valuables in your bag. CLOTHING ON COURSE - We will have a clothing bin to dump items in at mile 3. Anything else found along the course will be treated as trash. ELEVATION (ft) - You can see the elevation map below. It looks a little scary, but pay attention to the real elevation gain. It’s very gradual (about a 2 feet gain for every 100 yards). Besides, downhill courses are for wimps. It’ll all be worth it to see the view at the finish line.

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RACE GUIDE >>THE COURSE

“A man on foot will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.�

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SPECTATOR INFO - Because of the significant amount of road control, spectators are not allowed to stop along the highway at any point along the race. Spectators are welcome at the starting line, but the starting line will be closed to vehicles from 6:40 AM to approximately 7:15 AM. Expect race related delays along highway 9 towards Springdale. The best place to watch in Springdale would be to park at the LDS church approximately 2 miles from the finish line. Spectators are encouraged to be at the finish line to cheer on all our runners. Limited parking will be available in Springdale along Lion Blvd. If you can walk from your hotel to the finish line, please do so. There will be limited parking near the finish line. See page 18 for more parking details. OTHER COURSE INFO - Please do not litter on our course! Any kind of road markings with paint or even chalk will not be allowed. Please help us keep the area pristine for those who come after us.


Watch our 2013 Race Day Video

COURSE RECORD - Our course record holders receive a FREE RACE ENTRY every year that their time remains the course record! Our course record was set at our inaugural race in 2013. Walter Brown holds the record for the men and Maria Perez holds the record for the women.

WALTER BROWN South Jordan, UT

1:16:31

“The Zion half marathon was a life changing race... The stunning course was just icing on the cake.”

MARIA PEREZ Spring Valley, CA

1:29:23 2013 AVERAGE COURSE TIME:

Male 2:09:07

Female 2:27:57

2014 AVERAGE “EXPECTED” TIME:

Male 2:10:44

Female 2:24:51

(based on answers to registration questions)

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RACE GUIDE >>TRAVEL

PRE-RACE

DINNERHOST We have four pre-race dinner hosts this year, each offering a 25% discount for our runners. All runners need to do is show their bib to get the 25% off (only good for runners and does not include drinks). These are some of the best spots to eat while you’re in Springdale. Expect these places to be busy, so try to plan accordingly (call ahead and check availability and wait times) and maybe have a backup plan in case they’re full. Oscar’s Cafe - Their food is prepared fresh every day and they are well known for their garlic burgers and Mexican food. On a personal note, I ate one of the best breakfasts I have ever had at Oscars. 948 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT (435) 772-3232 · cafeoscars.com Switchback Grille - Switchback Steak & Fish House is one of the nicest restaurants in Springdale. It features USDA Prime steaks, wood-fire pizza, pastas, full bar and a fresh fish menu that follows the seasons. You may also visit the Jack’s Sports Grille right next door for a more casual atmosphere. 1149 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT (435) 772-3700 · switchbacktrading.com Wildcat Willies - A Springdale Classic with a Southwestern atmosphere. They serve Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with a full service Saloon and plasma T.V.’s. You can find Steaks, Ribs, Seafood, Pasta, Pizza, Burgers, Sandwiches, etc. It is even kid friendly with children’s menu. 897 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT (435) 772-0115 · wildcatwillies.com Zion Canyon Brew Pub - right at the Giant Screen theater where the expo is held and where the finish line will be. Great food with an awesome view! 95 Zion Park Blvd #2, Springdale, UT (435) 772-0336

PARKINFO ZION NATIONAL PARK All visitors are required to purchase a pass in order to enter Zion National Park. Park shuttles will NOT be running. To hike Angels Landing, park at Zion Lodge. Private Vehicle: Per Person: Annual Pass:

$25 (valid for 7 days) $12 (valid for 7 days) $80 (grants entrance to every National Park in the country)

Seniors over 62 can purchase a lifetime pass for just $10. Active members of the U.S. Military are eligible for a free pass as well as U.S. citizens with permanent disabilities.

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RACE GUIDE >>CLUB & TRIFECTA

ANGELSCLUB The Angels Club is a salute the hardcore among us. We want to reward anyone who hikes Angels Landing after the race. To join the Angels Club, submit a picture of yourself at the top of Angels Landing within 72 hours of the end of the race which includes: 1) A clear view of your face 2) Your bib with bib numbers clearly visible 3) Your finisher medal in plain view Angels Landing - The trail to Angels Landing is 2.4 miles long (4.8 round trip). Since shuttles will not be running this time of year, we recommend parking at the Zion Lodge and take the short walk (less than a half mile) to The Grotto where the trailhead is. The first 2-miles are paved and well-maintained. Most of the path is sunny, but Refrigerator Canyon offers shade and often a cool breeze. This is a good early morning hike. Make sure to allow time to be off the trail by dark if starting late in the day. The last halfmile is across a narrow sandstone ridge. Anchored support chains are attached along some sections of the sheer fin.

Sheer cliffs at high elevations while hiking on a narrow fin. Not suggested for children or those with a fear of

heights. Avoid standing near the edge at all times! Do not hike the trail when it is wet, storming, or when high winds are present.

*Every year, several people die hiking Angel’s Landing, largely due to not fully appreciating its dangers. Please take the hike seriously, and do not act irresponsibly if you decide to attempt the hike. It is not intended to be accessible to everyone.

All runners the join the Angels Club will not only be immortalized on our website, but will also receive 50% OFF next year’s race entry! Last year we had 103 people take the challenge! After the race there will be a submission form online where you can upload your photo(s) and send them to us. We have a hard cutoff of 72 hours! If you don’t get it to us before Tuesday at 11 AM (MST) then we will only give you a virtual hi-five. This picture is what yours should look like (for both the Angels Club AND the Trifecta). ANGELS CLUB SUBMISSION FORM www.thezionhalf.com/angelsclub ZION TRIFECTA SUBMISSION FORM www.thezionhalf.com/ziontrifecta

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RACE GUIDE >>CLUB & TRIFECTA

ZIONTRIFECTA The Zion Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules as the Angels Club apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:

1 Riverside Walk (The Narrows) - The trail was historically called “Gateway to the Narrows” but is now commonly referred to as Riverside Walk. A nice, paved, 3 mile roundtrip hike. Extra hi-fives for anyone that actually wades in the water! (NOTE: we don’t recommend it. At this time of year the water is still frigid!! But if you’re feeling reckless and want extra kudos for your picture, we won’t be there to stop you).

2 Canyon Overlook - Canyon Overlook is only a mile roundtrip hike! This is perfect for families and offers a wonderful view of the Zion canyon with a look at the famous peaks like Bridge Mountain, West Temple, and The Sentinel. As an added bonus, when you drive up to the parking lot to make the short hike to the lookout, you get to pass through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel!

3 Kolob Canyon (Timbercreek Overlook) - Kolob Canyon is Zion’s best kept secret. About an hour north on I-15 from the main park entrance, this part of the park is less often visited by travelers, but it’s amazingly beautiful. The Timber Creek Trail is another short hike (1.2 miles roundtrip) that offers amazing views of Kolob Canyon. After about a 5 mile drive up the canyon you can park in a parking lot at the trail head.

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Zion Half Runners receive free entry* to the classic Zion film Zion Canyon: Treasure of the Gods Showtimes at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm

Filmed in I-Max on a screen six stories tall 145 Zion Park Blvd Springdale, UT 435.772.2400 *Valid Only March 21 to 23, 2014

Zion ATV & Scenic Southern Utah Tours Call Us: 1-866-964-7961

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RACE GUIDE >>SOCIAL MEDIA

CONNECTONLINE We will be making a slideshow video using all the pictures YOU post! Be sure to follow us and use the official race hashtag #zionhalf

We will be giving out prizes from our store (t-shirts and other merchandise) to the best photos. Be sure and look for our camera signs along the course (Mile 5), those are places you’re going to want to take a picture.

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Zion Canyon Brew Pub

435-772-0336

Breakfast t a c d l i W Lunch & WillieSasloon Dinner

95 Zion Park Blvd.

Ranch Grill &

• Steaks • Salads 897 Zion Park Boulevard • Burgers Springdale, Utah • Pizza WildcatWillies.com • Cocktails 435-772-0115 & Cold Beer

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Just outside of Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, USA


RACE GUIDE >>RUNNER INFO

RACESTATS

Who is coming?

45STATES 7COUNTRIES UNITED STATES | CANADA | MEXICO | GERMANY | SWITZERLAND | AFGHANISTAN | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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TEAMS

ANGELS WITH FILTHY SOLES | BABGC | BATTLE BORN | BUTTS UP | CRAGIES | DECKINATORS | DRINKING TEAM WITH RUNNING PROBLEM | FOR THE FUN OF IT | GODSPEED... KIND OF | HASH HOUSE HARRIERS | HONEY BADGERS | I KNOW A GUY RACING | MOUNTAIN WEST RUNNERS | MR. PATRON AND HIS FIREBALLS | PT 2016 | RAINMAKERS | RUN SFC | RUNNING DEAD | SHHH... HEAR THE BUZZ 2 SLIP SHOT SHENANIGANS | TEAM HUFF N PUFF | TEAM INTRO | TEAM MORGAN | TEAM VICTORIOUS | TETON ROAD RUNNERS | THE FUN RUN CREW | TOUGHER FROM THE TUSHAR | VIVA LAS VEGAS

Age Divisions BOYS/MEN

<11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75< 1

2

5

26

77

99

68

78

53

35

25

16

7

2

1

GIRLS/WOMEN <11 12-14 15-19 20-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75< -

1

6

70

171

237

187

140

106

53

34

11

5

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All runners will receive a finisher medal. Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each age group and the top 5 teams will also receive a place medal. *If you qualify for a place medal but are not present at the awards ceremony to receive it we will happily ship it to you. Go to our website and request your medal and pay the cost of shipping (about $8).

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RACE GUIDE >>LOGISTICS

PARKING AT THE STARTING LINE If you are just dropping off a runner and do not plan to park, DO NOT ENTER the parking area. You will have to wait until after the race starts to leave. Please drop runners off in designated drop-off areas. If you are coming from Springdale the drop-off zone is across the street from the parking entrance. If you are coming from St. George the drop-off area will be off the road just before the entrance. The parking lot will close at 6:40 AM sharp.

PARKING AT THE FINISH LINE PARK ENTRANCE

VISITORS CENTER FINISH LINE

PARKING LOT

Free parking is available along the West side of the highway and on Lion Blvd. in Springdale (outlined in blue). There is a large parking lot near the Zion Canyon Visitors Center inside park boundaries. You can park here and walk to the finish line and shuttle pick up via the Pa’rus trail.

HIGHWAY 9 PA’RUS TRAIL

If you park inside park boundaries and exit the park, you will need your pass to re-enter and retrieve your car. National Park fees apply.

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Fitful Recovery Box - At the finish line we will have a Fitful Recovery Box (full of recovery snacks), bananas, and chocolate milk (as well as water and Nuun hydration). Please help yourself to one box, chocolate milk, and banana per runner.

Eco Commode - All of our portapotties will be provided by Eco Commode. Eco Commode is a sustainable port-a-potty solution. No smell, no harsh chemicals, you just sprinkle a scoop of woodchips over your business and that’s it!

In an attempt to reduce waste, we will provide a place to trade/leave any unwanted snack items.

Shuttle - If you are signed up for our shuttle Saturday morning, check-in at the expo to receive your wrist band. This will get you on the shuttle.

= 1 RUNNER

+ 1 BOX

1 BANANA

+ 1 MILK

Shuttles will run back to the start line after the race for all who need it at no cost. RACE GUIDE

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