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Race Dates

2018: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
2017: Monday, July 24, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 78°F (25°C)
Average High: 92°F (33°C)
Average Low: 65° F (18°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.74
Course Score: 100.11

Race Size

2017: 308 Finishers
2016: 297 Finishers
2015: 329 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 8.8%
2016: 12.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Deseret News Marathon starts at the top of Big Mountain. The course travels down the canyon - dropping 3,000 feet - and finishes along the Days of 47 Parade route.

Marathon Rankings

The Deseret News Marathon was the 194th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 206th largest in 2016.

Last year 8.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Deseret News Marathon the 231st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 125th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 100.11 ranks it as the 32nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Utah.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Deseret News Marathon a PR Score of 98.74. This PR Score ranks it as the 177th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Utah.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 7429 feet (2264m)
Min Elevation: 4244 feet (1293m)


Recent Deseret News Marathon Reviews

2 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2017 Deseret News Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars


This event is pretty low key for the full marathon. Less than 400 runners ran in 2017. The first 18-20 miles were pretty enjoyable. The last 4-6 miles were miserable. We winded around town meaninglessly just to fill the mileage. It was difficult to know we were wandering further from the finish line in those challenging miles. They didn't have near enough aid stations - in the last 4-5 miles there was only 1 station with water only. They only had goo at one station, all the others were water and Gatorade. The shirts are ugly. They advertise how exciting it is to finish the race on the parade route. You run 2 blocks of the parade, then are directed away from the parade, wandering for another 6 blocks. I was all stoked when I hit the parade, thinking I was about to finish, but nope.

Race Tips

Bring your own water and treats.plan for a tough last 5ish miles

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I drove with a running partner and parked at the stadium where the buses were. Our wives drove together and parked a few blocks from the finish line. Because of the parade/road closures, it is tough to get back to the stadium, so we had to send the other couple back on the buses that were provided at the finish. If you don't have 2 drivers I would just get on the bus back to the stadium.

Finish Time Equivalent

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