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Online Registration Closes October 30th! Join us on Saturday November 2nd for the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon in the beautiful Kaibab National Forest, just south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Souvenir race coaster-medallion, beautiful long-sleeve shirt, race goodies, and more to commemorate your iconic journey through the trails near the South Rim. Walk or run a half-marathon, 5k, or the family mile -- then visit the America's greatest attraction, the Grand Canyon. The Half-Marathon has been named the Road Runners Club of America Arizona State Half-Marathon Championship, with awards to top finishers.
The 13.1 mile trail loops through the beautiful forest and high desert of the Kaibab National Forest, while the 5k is an out-and-back, partially on a paved multi-use path through the forest and partially on a forest service road. The courses do not descend into the Grand Canyon, but all race participants can purchase a National Park Service pass and from the race site easily enter into the Grand Canyon National Park.
Newsletters to participants: The Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon is a joint partnership between the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Run Tucson, the premier local running company in Arizona. Here are emails we've been sending to registered runners and walkers:
Planned Race Weekend Schedule
Friday, November 1
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm Packet Pickup and Last-Minute Registration
Location: IMAX Theater, 450 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Our team of volunteers will be on hand in the lobby to help you pick up your race materials, including race number, race shirt, a copy of the course map, and (if you ordered it) your National Park Pass.
YES: we have unisex and women's sizing in the t-shirt
YES: all shirts are first-come, first-served in terms of sizing
YES: you can pick up for your friends and family; this is a small race, so no ID needed
YES: please be patient with your fellow runners and please be nice to the volunteers
NO: you cannot pick up your finisher's medal before finishing the race – you gotta’ do the race on Saturday!
7:30-8:30 Pre-Race Meeting
Join us in the IMAX theater for a pre-race meeting to review the course, receive last-minute updates, and ask any questions you may have.
Saturday, November 2: Race Morning at start/finish area in the IMAX parking lot (inside the IMAX lobby if the weather is bad)
8:30 am: Packet pick-up -- ending 15 minutes before each of the race events
10:00 am: Half-Marathon Start (207 currently registered)
10:15 am: 5k Run/Walk Start (71 registrants)
11:00 am: Family Mile: We don't have any registrations for the Family Mile, so we'll play that by ear...
2:00 pm: Athletes should have crossed Mile 11. Race organizers reserve the right to pick up athletes who have not gotten to Mile 11 by 2:00 pm, depending on weather and safety conditions
2:15 pm or so: Begin Award Ceremony and Charity Give
2:45 pm: Timing at Finish Line Closes
Final details on course safety will be be determined in coordination with the Tusayan Fire Department and Kaibab National Forest personnel on event day, as the situation warrants.
On race day, from 8:00 - 12:00 the Tusayan Fire Department will hold a fundraising pancake breakfast, so tell your friends and family to bring a few bucks to snag some hot breakfast!
Wanna' know what else to do? Tusayan is your welcoming community nestled in the Kaibab Forest just a mile from the main entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park. Comfortable motels, a campground, restaurants, the world famous IMAX Theater, and the official Arizona State Visitor Information Center make Tusayan a perfect home base for enjoying the South Rim. Check out these local options:
The Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon is a joint partnership between the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Run Tucson, the premier local event directing company in Arizona, directed by Randy Accetta, an RRCA-Certified Race Director.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
We know that you're coming from all over to visit this beautiful piece of America. We're happy to work with national leaders to ensure that you have awesome souvenirs for the race. Ashworth Awards out of the Boston area is helping design the souvenir coaster medallion. Not only does it have an awesome ribbon, but the coaster lets you display your accomplishment with pride anywhere in the house!
All participants receive the the commemorative maroon long sleeve, in either women's cut or men's cut -- you can purchase a souvenir black hoodie on race weekend!