Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon & 5k

Sat November 7, 2020 Tusayan (Grand Canyon), AZ 86023 US Directions

In Person Half-Marathon Run/Walk

$75 7:00AM MST - 1:00PM MST
21 spots left. Registration ends November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm MST

In Person 5k Walk/Run

$50 7:15AM MST - 1:00PM MST
3 spots left. Registration ends November 5, 2020 at 11:59pm MST

Virtual Grand Canyon Trail Event

28 spots left. Registration ends November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm MST
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469 AZ-64
Grand Canyon Village
Tusayan (Grand Canyon), AZ US 86023

October 20th COVID-19 Update:  WE'RE ON!  We've received approval from the Kaibab National Forest, the town of Tusayan, and the Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce!  Please click here for the most recent email to all race registrants.

For now, the plan is to have a capped field of 200 in the Half Marathon and 60 in the 5k, with staggered start times, limited start-line and finish-line activities, with a mostly self-supported course, and plenty of rooms for runners and walkers to do their race in a safe environment.  All participants will receive a host of colorful souvenirs:

  • soft long-sleeve hoodie race shirt
  • commemorative coaster medallion
  • race-branded "buff" face covering
  • stylish souvenir race number

Half-Marathon Pricing has been capped with no new price increases after August 1, 2020.  

You can also do the VIRTUAL CANYON, with all race goodies mailed directly to you after the race in November! 

A free Wait List has been created so once the cap is reached you can sign up on the free Wait List and if we can allow more participants, we will give you the chance to sign up!  

We're on, so join us on Saturday November 7th for the Second Annual Grand Canyon Trail Half Marathon in the beautiful Kaibab National Forest, just south of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Walk or run a half-marathon, 5k, or the family mile -- then visit the America's greatest attraction, the Grand Canyon. 

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.  

We will use this race page, email, and social media channels to provide updated information.  For questions, contact Randy at

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.  

Planned Race Weekend Schedule

NOTE: Our goal is to have a safe experience, with a social-distanced packet pickup and staggered start times on Saturday morning, November 7th.

Staging Area: The start and finish will take place outside. The address is 450 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023.

Friday, November 6: Packet Pickup, Social-Distanced Last-Minute Registration in parking lot, outside of IMAX Theater, 450 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023

3:00 - 5:00 pm Packet Pick outside the IMAX Theater
Using social distance protocols we will provide race shirts, medals, and other goodies.
YES: You need to agree to the public health protocols here. Face coverings are required at all pre-race and post-race activities.  Everyone will receive one free running buff at packet pickup.

YES: we have unisex and women's sizing in the t-shirt
YES: we will give you the size you sign up, but we hope to have the ability swap shirts
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
YES: we will have your National Park pass if you purchased one
YES: we will have additional souvenirs for sale
YES: due to public health protocols, you will receive your finisher medal before you finish!!
Saturday, November 7: Race Morning
6:30 – 7:30 am: Packet pick-up near start line.  NOTE: shirts are given away first-come, first-served in terms of sizing.

7:00 am Staggered Half-Marathon and 5k start begins, details to be announced. Start at IMAX parking lot.

2:00 pm: Course closure, finish line closes

Estimated Course Closure Times (final details to be determined by Tusayan Fire Department and Kaibab National Forest personnel on event day as the situation warrants)
1:00 Runners need to be at Mile 11, and race organizers reserve the right to pick up athletes depending on weather and safety conditions
2:00 pm Timing at Finish Line Closes

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

Where To Stay - Six Hotels/Motels in Tusayan:
Red Feather Lodge - yep RP's legacy is still open an operated by the family. This remodeled family friendly option can offer all the comforts of home - enjoy a beautiful grand entrance, fully remodeled rooms, a workout room, and laundry. Our race crew is staying at the Red Feather Lodge,
Grand Canyon Holiday Inn Express and Suites with 30 beautiful suites. 
The Grand Hotel is the only 3-diamond hotel in the region and one of the few area hotels with an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. Check for safety protocols.
Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel beautiful rooms recently remodeled with a gorgeous atrium and an incredible mural as you enter the lobby. They also host a local favorite, The Wagon Wheel Saloon. 
Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn  This resort style property boasts a newly renovated indoor / outdoor pool and hot tub, indoor arcade and a bowling alley. A little side note - all the photo's in the hotel are different - each hallway and every room - all tell a story about the Grand Canyon.
7-Mile Lodge If you decide to stay at the last minute 7-Mile Lodge is perfect - they accept same day bookings only. This cute Lodge will provide you a welcoming local feel.
Want to be closer to the Rim? Check availability at . . . 
Maswik Lodge- Maswik is named for a Hopi Kachina who is said to guard the Grand Canyon. Originally cabins - in 1972 and 1981 the cabins where replaced with 2 story buildings. Maswik North is currently open - Maswik South is currently under construction.
Yavapai Lodge - The largest set of accommodations within Grand Canyon National park located just 1/2 mile from the Rim. Rooms have been recently updated and the Yavapai Tavern now has outdoor seating and on many weekends live music.
Thunderbird Lodge - Thunderbird is another contemporary Lodge located on the Rim. Half the rooms have partial Grand Canyon views. 

El Tovar - This 1905 Historic property will have you staying right on the Rim. 78 rooms and history like none other!
Bright Angel Lodge - This 1935 landmark hotel / cabins were designed and created by the famous architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. While there be sure to check out the history of Mary Colter and the famous Fred Harvey and the Fred Harvey Girls.
Kachina Lodge - Kachina is a contemporary Lodge located on the Rim. Half the rooms have partial Grand Canyon views.


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.

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