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Provo City Half Marathon and 5K

When: May 1, 2021
Where: Provo, UT
Race type(s): 13.1M, 5K

Looking for an amazing downhill half marathon that provides some of the best views in Utah?  Run13 is pleased to invite you to the Provo City Half Marathon & 5k! This USATF Certified Half Marathon course begins up Provo Canyon and is home to the Original Downtown Provo Finish Line. Come find out why this has become one of the fastest growing races in Utah.

All the usual Run13 suspects will be there to await you at the finish line…massages, Magleby’s Fresh breakfast, activities and fun for the kiddies including bounce houses and much much more! Cash Prizes for top winners and placement medals to top 3 in each age division, and of course, custom medals to all half marathon finishers!

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Event details and schedule

What are the distances for each event?

Half Marathon – 13.1 Miles
5k – 3.1 Miles
Kids Marathon – 1.2 miles (26.2 total)

What are the start times for each event?

Half Marathon – 7:00 a.m.
5k – 9:00 a.m.
Kids Marathon – 10:00 am

What are the packet pickup dates/locations?

Pre-Race Packet Pickup will take place on Friday, May 1st at the Provo Recreation from 3:30-7:30 pm – Packets can be picked up at Provo Recreation Center located at 320 West 500 North Provo, UT, 84601Park on the East side of the Rec Center and enter through the East entrance. 

To avoid any delays – or missing the bus – on race morning, we strongly encourage you to come to PPU on Friday.

You will need to show a valid ID to pick up your packet. Packet Pickup will be done numerically. When you show up, you will look up your number by your last name and then proceed to the corresponding line for your race bib and chip. You will then pick up your race bag and race shirt.  You may pick up packets for other runners if you have a note and photocopy of their ID.

Final Option – You may also pick up your packets on race morning. Packet pick-up times and locations on race morning are:

  • Half Marathon – 4:30 am – 5:30 am @ Utah County Courthouse – 50 S. University Ave., Provo
  • 5k – 7:30 – 8:50 am @ Trapnell Orthodontics Parking Lot, 3610 N University Ave, Provo

Where are the start and finish locations for the Half Marathon & 5K?

The Half Marathon will start at South Fork Park up Provo Canyon and end in downtown Provo at the intersection of University Ave. and Center St.

The 5k start line is at 3470 N. University Ave. (just south of Trapnell Orthodontics Provo) and finishes at the same location as the Half Marathon in downtown Provo.

Will Half Marathon runners be bussed to the start line?

YES! All half marathon runners MUST ride the buses to the start line. You will NOT be able to drive or get dropped off at the start line on your own. Buses will be picking up runners from the finish line location on the south side of the Utah County Courthouse building at 100 S. University Ave.  from 4:30 am – 5:30 am.  All runners who are on the first FOUR buses will be eligible for the “Early Risers” Prize Giveaway, which will include some awesome prizes from our sponsors!

Where is the bus pick-up location?

The buses for the Half Marathon will be picking up runners at the corner of 100 S. University Ave., Provo.

Will 5k runners also need to ride the bus?

No! 5k runners must park or get dropped off by the 5k start line located at 3470 N. University Ave., Provo (South of Trapnell Orthodontics in Provo). There will be a shuttle bus picking up 5k runners near the finish line at the corner of 100 S. University Ave. to transport them back to their vehicles.

Will there be a clothing bag drop at Half Marathon start line?

Yes, there will be a bus at the half marathon start line to take clothing bags down to the finish line. Be sure to label your bag clearly with your bib number. There will also be a clothing drop box at the first two water stations that will be taken down to the finish line. Remember that using the bag drop service is at your own risk…Run13 is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

What is the time limit to complete the race?

Police and volunteer support will end at 11:00 a.m.

What time is the awards ceremony?

Approximately 10:30 a.m. for the overall winners of the 5k and Half Marathon. (We will begin this after the Kid’s Marathon to assure all parents who also run can participate and experience this with their children).

Age category winners will receive their medals after the race at either the Smile Center of Utah booth for the half marathon winners or the Trapnell Orthodontics booth for the 5k winners. Medals will be available for pickup after we begin getting the official results from the timing company. Listen for announcements at the race for when those are available for pickup.

Are there awards?

Overall Half Marathon Winners (male & female) – $250
Half Marathon 2nd place (male & female) – $150
Half Marathon 3rd place (male & female)- $75
Overall 5k Winners (male & female) – $75
Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division and all Marathon and Half Marathon finishers will receive custom medals.
Cash prizes must be claimed within 7 days of event or money will be donated to charity.

What are the Age Divisions for the Half Marathon and 5k?

1-11              12- 14
15-18           19-24
25-29          30-34
35-39          40-44
45-49          50-54
55-59           60-64
65-69          70-74

How many Water/Aid Stations and what type of fluid replacements are offered?

There will be 6 water/Powerade and aid stations along the Half Marathon course (at approximately mile 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11.5) and 1 water/Powerade and aid station (at approximately mile 1.5) on the 5k course. We will also have plenty of Dasani water at the Finish Line Compound.

Energy gels will be placed at mile 6 for half marathon runners. If you are new to using gels, don’t overdo it! One per race is what’s recommended and is what is most effective! We’ve seen some rookies grab several and consume them all. Needless to say, they got just a bit sick and left their mark on various parts of the course!!  

What is the elevation change for the Half Marathon and 5k?

The Half Marathon will experience a net elevation drop of approximately 900 feet. The 5k will experience a net elevation drop of approximately 100 feet. While the elevation charts on the course routes page will show an elevation gain of 121 feet for the Half Marathon and 16 feet for the 5k, these numbers are referring to TOTAL elevation gain, which means the sum of ALL uphill travel for the entire distance of the route including any small hills or gradual inclines.

Where should I park?

On race day, half marathon runners can park in the Zions Bank parking structure off of 100 N. University Ave. or in the parking lots and garages for the Utah County Government buildings on 100 S and 200 S. You can also possibly park in the Nuskin parking terrace.  Parking lots are also available to the west of the Post Office on Freedom Blvd. and 100 S. Do NOT park in the Post Office parking lot as they will tow your car. There is also plenty of street parking, however, please do NOT park along the west side of University Ave. as that is where you will be running! 5k runners will want to park near the 5k start line located at 3300 N. University Ave., Provo (by Jamestown Square). There will be a bus at the finish line to shuttle 5k runners back to their vehicles.

Are there any post-race medical attention/massage therapy and locations?

There will be medical support to cover minor medical issues at the Finish Line Compound and at most aid stations along the course. Each aid station will have communication with emergency medical services. We do our best to provide massage therapists at the Finish Line Compound to help relax & loosen up tight muscles. We are always on the look-out for companies/schools/businesses that provide this service to get in touch with us so we can partner with them at our events.

What kind of food/drinks are at the finish line?

There will be water and drinks for all participants. We will also have fruit and a delicious Magleby’s Fresh breakfast ready for you as you cross the finish line!

Will portable bathrooms be on the course?

Yes, at the Start and Finish Line Compound. The half marathon course will also have portable bathrooms located approximately every 3 miles along the course.

Can I run the courses without registering?

No. All runners without a Provo City Half Marathon or 5k bib will be directed off the course immediately.

Am I allowed to use my Portable Music Device during the race?


Are there Timing Chips & Race Numbers?

All official entrants will receive a numbered bib with the timing chip attached to the bib. That’s right, no more putting them on your shoelaces or being held up at the finish line to wait for it to get clipped!! Just secure your runner bib and you are good to go!

If I get injured or for any other reason can’t run after I have registered, can I have my money refunded or can I change categories?

Once your registration has been accepted all fees are non-refundable, however, you have some options. You may transfer or “sell” your entry to another runner, you can transfer yourself to another Run13 event if you do so by May 1, 2020 – both for a transfer fee. If the price of registration has increased since the time you purchased it, the new runner will be required to pay that difference. If you decide to change categories or transfer your registration to another Run13 event of a higher price you must pay the difference in the registration price plus the transfer fee. If you change categories or transfer to a Run13 event of a lower price you will not receive a refund for the price difference and must still pay the transfer fee.

**Run13 is not responsible for the pricing you choose to sell your registration.**

To transfer your registration to someone else, use to do the following:

    1. Transfer registration
        1. Log in to
        1. Click your name in upper right side and choose My Events
        1. Click Transfer registration to another athlete
        1. Enter recipient email address in Email address field
        1. Enter recipient email address in Confirm email address
        1. Click Submit
      1. Confirmation email sent verifying transfer process initiated to transferring participant and to the new participant
  1. Accept registration
      1. The new registrant opens email notification of transfer
        • Note: the email subject is Claim your registration for {event name} from {original participant} 
      1. Click Claim registration within message
      1. Log in to
      1. Complete registration form
      1. Click Continue
    1. Click Check out

To transfer your registration to a future Run13 event, use to do the following:

  1. Follow the below steps to transfer to a different event after logging into
    1. Locate your registration
    2. Click Transfer to another event
    3. Select the new event
    4. Select new category
    5. Click Continue
    6. Verify Registration information
    7. Agree to the waiver
    8. Enter Electronic signature
    9. Click Continue
    10. Click Complete

Will there be pacers on the course?

Yes, there will be pacing the Half Marathon course. We will also be lining up runners according to their pace per mile at the start line – please line up accordingly and allow the faster runners to gather at the front of the pack.

Can I run with a stroller?

Yes. We simply ask those running with strollers to start towards the back of the race pack to avoid other runners tripping over stroller wheels and injuring themselves or your children.

Where are good places for my family to watch the race?

The best place is at the Start and Finish Line Compound. Also, have your family check out the interactive course maps online and they may find a great place to cheer you on.

Where do I get my timing chip?

At pre-race packet pickup or the morning of the race.

What happens if there is bad weather?

A little rain won’t stop this race! However, if there are major weather warnings prior to the event, check the home page for updates and watch for an email.

In the event that severe weather does threaten the event, we have prepared some weather cancellation policies and guidelines. Runners’ safety is the most important thing and if any of the threatening weather conditions listed below are present the day of the event, the event may be delayed or canceled.  When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to participants, race officials maintain the right to cancel the event.  Less threatening conditions may cause alterations of the course or the post-event festival to ensure participant, volunteer, and community safety.  Such conditions fall under the label “Acts of God,” and will not result in refunding of any race entry fees or future event credits.

The race may be canceled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: Lightning Threat, Lightning Storm, Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch, Thunderstorm, “Heavy” Rain, other major weather condition.

The start of the event may be delayed one hour from the posted start time if any of the above-mentioned conditions exist. The event may then be canceled if any of the weather conditions persist: Tornado Warning, Tornado Watch or Thunderstorm.

The Race Director, in accordance with the city and the local law enforcement, has the authority to cancel the event. If weather conditions force cancellation of the event, no refunds can be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for race day.

In the event of cancellation, we will still make arrangements for all runners to receive their race medal, shirt, etc.

If Event is canceled more than 24 hours prior to the start time: We will notify all participants by email. If Event is canceled less than 24 hours before the start time: We will notify all participants by email.  If Event is canceled during the actual event, on-site notification will be posted.

Will there be a Finish line party?

Yes, it’s called the Provo City Finish Line Party!! We will have amazing food, bounce houses, and face painting for kids. Please feel free to bring blankets and chairs to relax on at the finish line while cheering on your fellow runners!

Is the race course USATF certified?

The Half Marathon course is USATF certified: