Saturday, May 13, 2023 @ 6:30 AM

Happy Trails Marathon

12500 S 550 W

Draper, UT Marathon

This Event Took Place Sat. May 13, 2023

Why should I sign up for this race?

Beautiful course, food, good company, race photos, custom locally made finisher medal and awards, friendly competition, performance t-shirt, and swag. What more could you want? Really if you can think of something let us know and we will try to get it!

The beautiful Jordan River has plenty to offer for a Marathon. Just like our Half Marathons that run along the Jordan River we have taken what we feel is the best course for running and scenery. This course takes place almost entirely on paved trails. This course will be green and beautiful during the Spring. You will fall in love with the Jordan River Parkway trail after this one!

We recommend viewing our website for more information including course map and details as well as other races we offer! www.happytrailsrace.com

Marathon

The Marathon starts at Galena Hills Park in Draper. A great park with plenty of parking. You will begin running through the park and then run through the only trail section of the race to meet up with the Jordan River after about half a mile.

From here the views are spectacular all around. You will cross bridges, run through dense trees lining the paved trail, run past golf courses, parks, and of course you will be treated to views of the Jordan River all along the course as well.

This route follows the Jordan River Trail for the majority of the race. You will eventually reach Germania Park which will be your turn around.

This course will be beautiful this time of year with Spring in full effect along the Jordan River!

Start to Aid 1 - 1.9 miles +15/-90 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 1 to Aid 2 - 2.1 miles +18/-31 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 2 to Aid 3 - 2.6 miles +16/-31 ft elevation

Aid 3 to Aid 4 - 2.5 miles +19/-33 ft elevation

Aid 4 to Aid 5 - 1.9 miles +15/-31 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 5 to Aid 6 - 2.1 miles +30/-17 ft elevation (Bathrooms)
**Cutoff for Aid 6 is 10:30 am

Aid 6 to Aid 7 - 2.1 miles +17/-30 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 7 to Aid 8 - 1.9 miles +30/-27 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 8 to Aid 9 - 2.5 miles +33/-19 ft elevation
**Cutoff for Aid 9 is 12:15 pm

Aid 9 to Aid 10 - 2.6 miles +16/-31 ft elevation

Aid 10 to Aid 11 - 2.1 miles +31/-18 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 11 to Finish - 1.9 miles +90/-15 ft elevation (Bathrooms)
**Cutoff for finish is 2:00 pm

26.2 miles and +329 ft elevation gain total
96% Paved Trail, 4% Sidewalk

**Cutoff time follows a 7 hour pace. If you take the early start option this means you have roughly 8 hours to complete this course. We feel this is a very generous cutoff, we want everyone finishing!

Ultimately we want all runners to have fun on this race and finish safely! Marathon is no easy feat, we hope you enjoy all 26.2 miles of it!

Aid Stations
Aid stations will have Gatorade, water, Honey Stinger gels/waffles, swedish fish, bananas/grapes, coke/gingerale, and possibly a few other random goodies we find that runners may enjoy.

Aid stations will have a first aid kit, Vaseline, Icyhot, and Ibuprofen. 

Navigation
Course is marked with pink flags, ribbons, signs, and trail marshals.

Half Marathon

The Half Marathon starts at Galena Hills Park in Draper. A great park with plenty of parking. You will begin running through the park and then run through the only trail section of the race to meet up with the Jordan River after about half a mile.

From here the views are spectacular all around. You will cross bridges, run through dense trees lining the paved trail, run past golf courses, parks, and of course you will be treated to views of the Jordan River all along the course as well.

This route follows the Jordan River Trail for the majority of the race. You will eventually reach the River Oaks Golf Course which will be your turn around.

This course will be beautiful this time of year with Spring in full effect along the Jordan River!

Start to Aid 1 - 1.9 miles +15/-90 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 1 to Aid 2 - 2.15 miles +18/-31 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 2 to Aid 3 - 2.6 miles +16/-31 ft elevation?

Aid 3 to Aid 4 - 2.6 miles +31/-16 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 4 to Aid 5 - 2.15 miles +31/-18 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

Aid 5 to Finish - 1.9 miles +90/-15 ft elevation (Bathrooms)

13.1 miles and +204 ft elevation gain total
92% Paved Trail, 8% Sidewalk

Aid Stations
Aid stations will have Gatorade, water, Honey Stinger gels/waffles, swedish fish, bananas/grapes, coke/gingerale, and possibly a few other random goodies we find that runners may enjoy.

Aid stations will have a first aid kit, Vaseline, Icyhot, and Ibuprofen. 

Navigation
Course is marked with pink flags, ribbons, signs, and trail marshals.

General

Race
Starts and finish at Galena Hills Park 12500 S 550 W, Draper, UT 84020 See map below for location

Marathon will start 7:00 am
Registration - $70/$80/$90

Half Marathon will start 7:30 am
Registration - $55/$65/$75

Packet pickup
Friday 3 pm to 6 pm at the Sandy Salt Lake Running Store

Same Day Pickup begins at 5:30 am located at the starting line

We recommend all runners arrive at least 45 minutes before their races start time to ensure a stress free and smooth start. Pre-race announcement 15 minutes before the race starts.

Swag
Runners will receive a high quality race shirt and a custom locally made finishers medal.

Post Race Breakfast
Great Harvest Bread will have cinnamon rolls, muffins, and pumpkin chocolate chip bread! We will also have chocolate milk, orange juice, and bananas.

Awards
Overall male and female will receive a custom locally made plaque for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Salt Lake Running Company will provide 1st place with gift cards as well!

Age Division medals will also be handed out to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female in these age groups: >20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Navigation
Courses will be marked with pink flags, ribbons, signs, and trail marshals

Free Photos
Xotio Media will be on the course taking photos as well as the finish line. Photos will be hosted on their website providing easy access for downloads using bib recognition. We will NOT put a logo or watermark on your picture. Instead of ruining your picture with our logo we would rather rely on you telling your friends and family about our races!

Finish Line
Awards ceremony will be held when we have our winners.

Parking
Free parking, there are hundreds of parking spaces located at the park.

Word of mouth
Your friends and family are the best way to promote this race. Running is much more fun with a buddy!

Volunteers
These events are not possible without help! To show our appreciation all volunteers will receive a free race entry for any future Happy Trails race. Expires after one year. In addition volunteers will have access to food at the finish line area. Click here for more info!

Late Registration
Begins April 4th and closes May 3rd at 11:59 pm

We cannot guarantee all participants registering after April 4th will be able to order a shirt. We will order extra to do our best to accommodate late registration. If we do not have your size or you do not want a shirt you can use code NOSHIRT at checkout for $10 off registration.

Same Day Registration
Not available. Registration will close Friday night at 11:59 pm

Early Start
If you are planning to finish this race slower than 6 hours you can start at 6:00 am. Please notify us ahead of time you plan to do this so we have an idea on how many early starters we will have.

Cutoff Times
For specific times at aid stations see course map. We will pull aid from the course following a 7 hour pace. This means if you take the early start you have 8 hours to complete this race. We feel this is a very generous cut off, we want everyone finishing!

Weather
Average high is 71*F and average low is 49*F

Race Director - Don Hantla
801-230-5070
happytrailsrace@gmail.com

Capacity

Due to our races utilizing beautiful and amazing trails we are limited on how many runners we can have. This is because of trail usage, parking, facilities, and permits needed to make these events happen.

Marathon runner cap - 250
Half Marathon runner cap - 250

About

At Happy Trails Running we focus on a beautiful course and an amazing experience. We want our races to be events that runners look forward to every year. We believe in quality over quantity which is why we cap all races at 300 or less participants. This lets us hold races in unique areas that would be off limits to large race due to parking and trail capacity.

We also believe in keeping everything local. This enables us to both support our community but also keep costs down. We want our races to be simple, affordable, and convenient for runners. You won't find huge expos at our races, just local businesses, friends, and family having a great time!

If there is anything we can do to improve your experience with our races please reach out to us. We are always trying to improve our events. Your feedback, what you liked and did not like, is the best way to achieve this.

Our courses will not focus on setting PR's with mostly downhill running but instead on enjoying all of the beautiful trails the Wasatch Front area has to offer. We hope our races will make lasting memories and experiences for all of our runners.

If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you!

We hope to see you at the races or on the trails. Until then, Happy Trails! 

Event's current local time: 6:44 AM MT

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