Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon & 5k

Sat November 2, 2024 Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 US Directions
Online registration has closed, but in-person registration takes place inside the Tusayan IMAX Friday, November 3 from 5:00-6:30pm and Saturday, November 4 from 7:00- 8:00 am.
Come visit us at 469 AZ-64, Town of Tusayan, AZ.
Countdown to Event Day



$60 8:00AM MST - 1:00PM MST Price increases after December 31, 2023 at 11:59pm MST

5k Walk/Run

$30 8:45AM MST - 1:00PM MST Price increases after December 31, 2023 at 11:59pm MST

Event Website

Additional event information can be found at


469 AZ-64
Grand Canyon Village, AZ US 86023


2024 Registration is now open!  Super-early bird pricing through December 31, 2023.

November 8 Update:

Click here for post-race report to all participants.  

Click here for all the 5k and Half Marathon photographs from Damion Alexander.

Results at


November 1: About You By the Numbers:

496 Pre-registered runners and walkers

500: total number of souvenir shirts. Please remember that shirt sizing is first-come, first-served at packet pickup on Friday evening and Saturday morning. There'll be plenty of shirts, but the handful of folks who have signed up since October 22nd are asked to wait until after the race to snag a shirt. 

500: finish line medals to give out on race day -- not to worry, though, there will be plenty of medals because we're also bringing 60 coaster medals from 2022 to ensure we have enough for everyone!

1000: Clif Bars in various flavors to hand out to you at packet pickup and after the race. Special thanks to Clif Bar for providing such a bounty of race day nutrition!

79: Age of oldest registrant in the 5k, while 76 is the oldest registrant in the half marathon

28: Folks who have already deferred

13.28 or so: distance of the trail half-marathon

8: age of youngest registrant, in the 5k

63.47% or 318 of you identify as female

35.73% or 179 of you identify as male

.8% or 4 of you have identified as non-binary

32 states are represented; in order of registrant numbers: Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, Idaho, Louisiana, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, North Dakota, Hawaii, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Virginia, and Wyoming

4 Countries represented: US, England, Check Republic, and Martinique

1 person from Duvall, Washington

1 course record holder, Flagstaff's Shannon Porter

We're super-excited about the 2024 edition Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon and 5k!  Run or walk a beautiful trail half-marathon or 5k in the wilds of the Kaibab National Forest, on the Coconino Plateau just south of the breathtaking Grand Canyon South Rim.  The race start/finish and festivities all take place in the heart of Tusayan, Arizona, just a few miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  
Supported by the local community, the event takes place in partnership with the Town of Tusayan, the Tusayan Fire Department, the IMAX Visitor Center, the Kaibab National Forest, The Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitor Center, and more.  You also have the opportunity to support two non-profits and the vital services: the Tusayan Fire Department and the Grand Canyon Food Pantry. All festivities take place in and around the IMAX Theater, with the address of 450 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023.

Absolutely fantastic experience. Everyone was so helpful and was an amazing course and event. Well done.  -- From 2021 post-race survey

This course is a challenging but beautiful forested run adjacent to the Grand Canyon National Park, with tree-lined cliffs, a cross-cross under historic railroad tracks, and possible wildlife sightings.  Don't miss this chance to snag the celebrated race souvenirs, then visit the glorious Grand Canyon.

It was a great experience for my first half marathon. The shirt and completion medal were great. All the people who organized and volunteered for the event were supportive and so friendly:) I had a great time!!!! --From 2021 post-race survey

  • Souvenir race medal -- finisher medal to the first 500 finishers in both the 5k and half marathon 
  • Colorful long sleeve shirt to commemorate your iconic journey through the trails near the South Rim 
  • Post-race snacks 
  • Free beer after the race
  • Discounts to local tourist activities

While you’re vacationing at the Grand Canyon National Park, take advantage of all the discounts offered by our friends at the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and enjoy your visit to America’s most awe-inspiring destination.

The Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon is a joint partnership between the Town of Tusayan and Run Tucson, the premier local running company in Arizona.  Special thanks to the folks from the Kaibab National Forest for providing the permit for the event. 

Click here for 2021 race video put together by race sponsor Damion Alexander from Long Realty.  You can also click here for the images from the course at Damion Alexander's Smugmug account.


Bring the Kids! Children and strollers are allowed in the 5k

Do Good! This event raises funds for the Tusayan Fire Department and Grand Canyon Food Pantry --  we're glad to use this event to provide support to these important area organizations

Trail Half-Marathon Terrain: half mile start on sidewalk, then 11.5 miles of challenging forest jeep roads, including rugged rocky sections, soft dirt, and hard-packed dirt forest roads, with a rolling final mile on the paved Arizona Trail path. According to the National Park Service, the forest is characterized by ponderosa pine, with Gambel oak, New Mexico locust, mountain mahogany, elderberry, creeping mahonia, and fescue.

5k Terrain: mostly paved Arizona Trail, with about one mile on hard-pack dirt forest road

Difficulty: the half marathon course is challenging for many, with hills and rugged terrain.  Top runners finish about 10 minutes slower than road races.

Weather: most likely in the 30's and 40's early morning, with daytime highs hitting 60's - 70's . . . but you never know what early November will bring at 7,000 feet.

Chair Athletes: The 5k would be challenging for chair athletes, while the half-marathon is a rugged course not suitable for chair athletes.  

Pets Allowed: We love pets but they cannot be with participants on the course during the event.

Want Training Advice? Contact RRCA-certified running coach Tia Accetta at

A few comments from recent participants:

  • I had an amazing first half marathon trail race experience! Thank you so much!
  • Best long sleeve tshirt i have got in a while
  • Thank you for making the medals coasters, they're on my coffee table.
  • Really appreciated the virtual option! I've done many this year and yours has been one of the best. Registration was clear & the medal and t-shirt arrived in the mail in a timely manner (actually they arrived on race day!). 
  • Absolutely fantastic experience. Everyone was so helpful and was an amazing course and event. Well done.
  • Oh my gosh!! I was super stoked to get that (coaster medal) when I finished. Very high quality and such a special momento to remember my first 1/2 marathon. Loved it!!
  • Loved the trickle start. This was my first 1/2 marathon and I felt there wasn't any pressure to start quickly. I was able to go at my own pace and not be in anybody's way. Very relaxing.
  • I thought I was was pretty prepared but then injury... then fatigue.  THANK YOU for not making me feel like a super loser for taking so long to complete the course. That was kind and beautiful and I appreciate it more than you could ever know. 
  • Beautiful scenery, challenging terrain and lots of hills/incline
  • Since this was my first ever 1/2 marathon (and I have bad knees), I was so happy I could walk. I trained for months and finished in 3 hours and 45 minutes by walking the entire course!! Woo Hoo!!
  • Hi Randy and Tia: Just want to personally thank you both for an outstanding event. This was my first trail walking 1/2 marathon, and I truly had a fantastic time. Everything from picking up my packet to crossing the finish line was perfect. You both (and all the sponsors and volunteers) are awesome.Thanks for being patient and answering all my questions and concerns before. It really helped to make me feel comfortable about the event and timing. I will be back!!
Planned 2024 Weekend Schedule

Friday, November 1, 2024
4:30 - 6:00 pm Packet Pickup and Last-Minute Registration at IMAX Theater, 450 AZ-64, Tusayan, 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.

5:00 - 7:00 pm All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner at IMAX, $15

YES: you can pick up for your friends and family; this is a small race, so no ID needed
YES: please wear a face covering inside and please observe standard social distancing protocols
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: Friday is a great time to snag your stuff so you don't have to worry on race morning!
NO: you cannot pick up your finisher's medal before finishing the race – you gotta’ do the race on Saturday!

Saturday, November 2, 2024
7:00-8:30 AM Packet Pickup and Race Check-in at IMAX Theater

8:00 AM 6th Annual World's Best Fire Department Pancake Breakfast Tusayan Fire District Pancake Breakfast starting at 7 am outside the IMAX
Come out and show your support for the Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon and Tusayan Fire.
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, and coffee
Adults $8 Kids (12 and under) $5
Proceeds support Tusayan Fire District

8:00 AM Half Marathon Citizen's Early Start, at IMAX

  • All Half-Marathon walkers and Walk/Run folks are asked to start at 8:00
  • All age-group awards are chip timed, so you can start whenever you want.
  • Permits and insurance do not allow for dogs and other animals on the course.
  • While we appreciate the value of running with head-phones, we request that you do not run with headphones on.
  • While we support adaptive athletics, the half marathon course is not suited for chair athletes.  
  • The 5k course has a paved section that is chair-capable, but the dirt road portion will be difficult to navigate for chair athletes.

8:30 AM Half Marathon Prize Money Start

NOTE: all prize money is gun-timed at the 8:30 am start, so all prize money recipients must start at 8:30 am.

8:45 AM 5k Fun Run/Walk Starts

9:30 Ongoing: post-race snacks courtesy at finish line and beer garden at IMAX.
Grab-bag of Run Tucson shirts for sale $5 apiece.

NOTE: Beer Garden Details -- thanks to Grand Canyon Brewery for donating their locally-made beer. All runners receive two free beer pours. Must have your race number -- we'll mark your race number for each pour. All other pours are $5 apiece.

11:30 AM (or so) Half Marathon and 5k Awards at Finish Line

NOTE: All half marathoners need to be through mile 11.5 by 11:30 am.*
*Course closure times are tentative depending on weather and safety conditions.
* Remember to start early if you're worried about the deadlines

1:00 PM Timing at finish line closes, beer garden begins to break down, closing of event site

Click here for information on the Half-Marathon route

Click here for information on the 5k route

NOTE: The Kaibab Forest will be open to others on race day. We will have signage explaining that a special event is occurring, but please note that others may be using the trails and roads.
Half-Marathon Water Stations: at approximately Mile 4 with water, Mile 8 and 11.5 -- all with water, Gatorade, and gu brand caffeinated energy gels
5k Water Stations: at the turn-around, 1.55 miles from the starting line
Water and Aid Stations: We want you to be self-sufficient on the race course, so please be sure to pack what you think you will need. Having said that, we will have volunteers on the course to support you.
We'll have plenty of sugary and salty chips, cookies, and crackers at the finish line.

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 -- and be sure to view their public safety protocols:

What Else To Do:
After the race, you can relax on a sightseeing tour by vehicle, air, bicycle, or mule. Check out this link for possible tours:  Our family (including grandma from Durango and the two kids up from Tucson) and some members of our Tucson training group (called The Workout Group) will probably hike and/or run one of the trails at the South Rim on Sunday morning.  

For an easy recovery run, you may enjoy the flatter Rim Trail alongside the edge of the South Rim. The Bright Angel Trail is well-regarded as a tourist-friendly trail, while the Kaibab Trail is more rugged and steep, with no water available. Please remember that all trails into the Canyon are arduous and potentially dangerous, so we recommend that you take all precaution when running in and near the Grand Canyon. You can find more information on nearby Grand Canyon National Park options here and here

A final testimonial: "We are looking forward to running this race next year.  It looks amazing!  Thank you for everything." -Darsey, Vail

Event Contact Info

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Race Start/Finish and Staging Area Map and Details

We are thrilled with the partnership with the IMAX and Tusayan Visitor Center that allows us to stage the race at the IMAX.  The map address is 450 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023.  

Parking: There is plenty of parking in the lots on the west side of the IMAX.

Bathrooms: Bathrooms are inside the IMAX.

Registration and Packet Pickup: Event tables will be inside on Friday evening and Saturday morning, on the west side of the IMAX.  

Race Day Beer Garden and Pancake Breakfast: On the north side of the IMAX near the Start/Finish Line, Tusayan Fire Department will be holding a fundraising pancake breakfast and hosting the free beer garden (one free pour for participants, $5 pours otherwise).

Food: The IMAX offers pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and all sorts of food choices.

Shopping: The store carries clothing, art, books, and all sorts of cool stuff.  In 2022, we think someone stole a jacket, so please do not shoplift anything!



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