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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, June 9, 2018
2017: Saturday, June 10, 2017

Course Information

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

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 63°F (17°C)
Average High: 76°F (24°C)
Average Low: 49° F (9°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.13
Course Score: 97.44

Race Size

2017: 1,175 Finishers
2016: 955 Finishers
2015: 1,145 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 13.4%
2016: 12.4%
2015: 16.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Utah Valley Marathon begins near Wallsburg, Utah in Provo Canyon. The course travels along canyon roads that follow the Provo River and loses more than 1500 feet of elevation along the course.

Marathon Rankings

The Utah Valley Marathon was the 91st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 82nd largest in 2015.

This year 13.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 12.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Utah Valley Marathon the 138th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 91st highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 97.44 ranks it as the 357th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th fastest course in Utah.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Utah Valley Marathon a PR Score of 97.13. This PR Score ranks it as the 330th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 7th fastest in Utah.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 6129 feet (1868m)
Min Elevation: 4572 feet (1393m)


Recent Utah Valley Marathon Reviews

4.3 Stars from 7 Reviews
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review of 2017 Utah Valley Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I have participated in most marathons and half marathons in Utah, and I can honestly say this is by far and away the best one. The scenery can't be beat with Bridal Veil Falls, Provo River, and Deer Creek. I love that this race doesn't take you out of the canyon until mile 21! Many other marathons in Utah have half, or sometimes even more than half of the race winding through ugly parts of town. This race is not too steep downhill. There are some races that kill your quads, but I was able to run Ragnar the week after this race without any problems.

Race Tips

Don't go too hard on the first half (that is true of any race). Also get a cheap hoodie you don't care to lose that you can shed on course after the first few miles. That starting line is cold.

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

Make sure that you stay at the Provo Marriott. This hotel is right next to the expo, and only one block from the finish.

review of 2017 Utah Valley Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I like the PR bell in the finish (I was able to ring that bell by setting my personal record). I also liked that they had mist machines the last few miles to cool us off. The race was not super hot, but it was nice to have mist a few places in the last miles.

Race Tips

Take the last buses (they start busing super early... probably to beat the heat).

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

I love the Black Sheep in Provo. That place has a Navajo Taco Burger that is to die for, and it is only a block or two from the finish!

review of 2017 Utah Valley Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I love this race. I have ran 100's of events and this by far is my favorite.

Race Tips

I have set my PR on a couple of distances.

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

Eat Local! there is a ton of good places to eat right downtown.

review of 2015 Utah Valley Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


They race was well organized. I loved the otter pops in the last miles. Provo Canyon was beautiful, and this course gave me my pr.

Race Tips

This course is very fast, but be careful not to overdo it in the first half.

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

The Provo Marriott is best as it is only one block from the finish.

review of 2014 Utah Valley Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

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

The Marriott is the place to stay, expo next door, busses to the start across the street, finish line a block away, the staff is very welcoming and they have everything including a bar if you want to indulge in a post race toast. However, I had a room on the South tower and a band played in the parking lot until probably 10 right below my window…not cool when your alarm is set for 3am.

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