Running in the Parks | Half Marathons | General Questions

Why can’t we run in the park?

The National Park Service states its mission as:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

The preservation of the parks is their first and foremost concern. While there are some instances where the parks have opened themselves up to a race within the actual park, approval can be unpredictable. We will continue to work with the park system and when they do open up the parks, we will be the first in line to launch a running event.

Can you see the canyon from the course? Even a glimpse?

No. There are no canyon views from the course. However, this course is less than a 5 minute drive from the classic views of the Grand Canyon.

Why Half Marathons and not other distances?

Two primary reasons

1. Half marathons have experienced a surge in popularity over the past decade. It is currently the second most popular running distance in America. In short, its what most people want.

2. Running then hiking. Our races take place near national parks. It is challenging to tackle a half marathon with little or no training, where many people can run a 5k or a 10k with minimal training. However, the shorter distance (compared to a full marathon) means you can recover quickly. You can run Saturday morning and by Sunday morning many runners are up for a hike. We want to encourage our runners to make a vacation out of this event and enjoy the park.

As we continue with our race series we will explore additional distances in order to serve our runners. If we find there in interest in a marathon, we may consider adding one in addition to the half, but for now, we are focused on producing incredible half marathons.

What time does the race start?

The race starts at 7:00am sharp! We do not start our races late. We will update the website and our runners immediately if the time changes.

Will there be shuttles to the starting line? Back from the finish line?

We haven’t finalized any kind of race-day transportation yet. However, if you are staying in our host town, Tusayan, AZ, both the start and finish line are within walking distance. You can get more info on Tusayan and your hotel options here.

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Because of the off road nature of this course, our cutoff for this race is going to be 4 hours. Plenty of time for walkers. That is an 18 minute mile pace.

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Due to the rough terrain on parts of the course, strollers are not allowed.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

Unfortunately, no. They are a liability that our insurance does not cover. However they are welcome to greet you at the finish line with the rest of your loved ones!

Where should I stay during my visit?

We encourage you to stay in Tusayan, AZ for your convenience. A list of Tusayan hotels and their Grand Canyon Half Marathon specials can be found on our travel page.

Can we register as a team?

Absolutely you can! For details visit our “Team Registration” page.

How do I get a refund?

We have an excellent refund policy with additional options for transfer and deferment. If you do request a refund, it will take about 30 days to process before you receive your refund. Visit our “Refund Policies” page for details.

Who gets a medal?

Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal.

11 and younger
75 and older

There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race.

What do the medals look like?

Making beautiful and high-quality medals is one of our priorities. As soon as we have everything finalized we’ll update our blog and let runners know via email.

If I do the Skeleton Club Challenge AND the Grand Canyon Trifecta Challenge, do I get 70% off my next race?

Nope. You’ll just get the 50% discount. But you WILL get major props from us for being so hardcore.