Cedar City Events Coordinator Byron Linford said the Cedar Canyon Half is an exciting experience, and a huge event for Cedar City tourism.
In the last year since Cedar City Events added the half marathon to the city calendar, 10 different half marathons have started up around the state. Linford said he is very pleased at how well the Cedar City event is doing amidst all the competition.
The event is up from 500 runners last year, and 80 percent of the participants are from out of town, which offers a huge boost to the local economy. There are runners entered from as far away as North Carolina as well as Northern California.
Linford said the starting moment of the race is not to be missed.
“To see hundreds of people running down the canyon is just so amazing,” he said. “There’s so much excitement and energy it almost makes you emotional just to watch it.”
The event is a scenic downhill race that takes runners through spectacular Cedar Canyon. It is designed as a high-altitude trainer for those preparing for full marathons planned a few weeks later, or for runners not interested or ready for a full marathon.
The race is 13.1 miles and begins at 7 a.m. on state Route 14 at Woods Ranch, approximately 11 miles up Cedar Canyon. Highway 14 is closed until all participants are out of the canyon. The race follows the highway down until the runners cross over the footbridge onto the Coal Creek Trail, go through the Canyon Park, over to Highland Drive, past the Cedar Canyon baseball complex and eventually find the finish line at the Main Street Park. Sections of 200 South and 100 East will be closed for the duration of the race.
The race offers state-of-the-art timing, live music at the finish line at Main Street Park, as well as food, drink, and race recovery products for participants.
There will also be a dinner for all registered participants the night before the race at the Main Street Park.
Runners can register through Friday, so there is still time to register online at www.active.com. Additional information and entry forms can be downloaded at www.cedarcityevents.org.