Answers to All Your Pressing Questions


What are the distances for each event?
  • Marathon: 26.2 miles
  • Half Marathon: 13.1 miles
  • 10K Run: 6.2 miles
  • 5K Run/Walk: 3.1 miles
  • Bike Tour: 26 miles
  • Kid’s Marathon: 1K
What are the start times for each event?
  • Bike Tour: 6:00am
  • Wheelchair and Hand-Cycle: 6:20am
  • Marathon: 7:00am
  • Half Marathon: 7:00am
  • 10K Run: 7:05am
  • 5K Run: 7:10am
  • Kid’s K: 10:45am
Am I allowed to use headphones during the race?

Yes, you are permitted to use headphones during the race. For the safety of all on the course, we ask that runners keep their music low or consider using just one headphone in the right ear. Keep your left ear open to hear alerts from runners passing on your left.

What are the packet pickup dates and locations?

Packet pickup will be located at the Quality of Life Expo on Friday, April 19 from 11:00am – 7:00pm at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 in Hall D. Runners will receive their race packets, which includes their race numbers, timing chip, participant shirt and other crucial information. Late registration will also be available, allowing runners one last chance to register for the Saturday’s race. Please note: There will be no race day packet pickup!

Are walkers and wheelchair/hand cycles permitted?

Yes, walkers are allowed in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Run.  Wheelchairs and hand cycles are only allowed in the marathon and half marathon and will begin the course 6:20am.

What are the time limits to complete the Marathon and Half Marathon?

The course limit for the Full Marathon is 6 hours and 30 minutes, and the course limit for the Half Marathon is 4 hours.

Do participants receive a finisher’s medal?

Every participant in each event will receive a finisher's medal.

Is the course a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the Salt Lake City Marathon couse is certified by the USA Track & Field Association and therefore a Boston Qualifier.

If a participant is unable to pick up their goodie bag at the Quality of Life Expo, can someone else pick it up for them?

Yes, they will need to bring a copy of the participant’s photo ID and an email or screen shot of the registration confirmation. Copies of both can be shown via mobile device or a print out is fine too. 

Is there an early start for walkers or race walkers of the marathon or the half marathon?

There will be NO early start for walkers. Sag Wagons will patrol the route providing support to these participants. We also suggest that walkers and slower participants consider using a fanny pack that accommodates a water bottle and snacks.

If you plan on participating at a 16 minute per mile pace or slower, please be aware that our permit dictates that the streets that comprise the marathon route are reopened to vehicular traffic at 1:30pm, 6 and a half hours from the start of the marathon. Street cleaning trucks precede the streets re-opening and you will be required to move to the curb and/or sidewalk at that time.

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Yes! We believe that getting your children engaged in fitness begins early. We allow strollers for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run, and 5K courses. Those with strollers should start in the back as a courtesy to participants without strollers.

Are there timing chips and race numbers?

All official entrants–except bike tour and kids marathon–will receive the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing tag with your race bib number at the Quality of Life Expo. The lightweight timing tag stays attached to the back of the race bib and does not get removed. The timing tag precisely records each runner’s clock time and chip time.

How do I get to the start line?

Roundtrip service on TRAX and FrontRunner is available on race day for FREE. If driving, we recommend parking downtown and then taking the FREE Trax ride to the Start Line. Your race bib is valid as UTA fare on TRAX, FrontRunner and regular UTA buses for the full day on Saturday, April 20, 2024. TRAX and UTA, our invaluable partners in providing exceptional service to our race participants, will add extra train cars on race day to increase capacity. Trains will begin running every 5 to 10 minutes starting at 4:07am.

Free parking is available at all TRAX stations south of Ballpark Station (including Ballpark Station). You can also park in one of the 9,000+ paid parking places that are closer to downtown ($3-10 for the morning on average) and travel up to the University of Utah to start via the RED or BLUE line on TRAX.


The start line for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and Bike Tour is approximately 800 feet from the U. Medical Center TRAX stationThose needing a handicap-accessible route from the train to the start line should exit at the Fort Douglas TRAX station and head north to the start line on S Wasatch Dr.  

Parking Meters and Surrounding Parking Lots: There are other paid parking lots as well as limited, metered street parking nearby. You can check out for parking options and for meter information.

Are dogs allowed on course?

Service dogs are allowed but no other dogs are allowed for the safety and comfort of all athletes.

Is there a host hotel?

Yes! The Marriott City Center at 220 S State Street is our host hotel. Special rates are available to marathon participants and their guests here.  You must reserve your room by March 25th, 2024 to get the special discount. The hotel is located just two blocks from the finish line. The Finish Line is located just in front of the Salt Lake City & County Building at 200 E and 400 S.

At the same link, you can view 10 other hotels within two finish lines that offer special pricing to our athletes and their fans!

We do provide a free Trax pass for athletes to get them to the Start Line (for Full, Half, and Bike Tour - the station is right near the hotel). The Trax pass is actually good all day so feel free to explore SLC afterward! Skiing can still be in full swing if you happen to ski - even in April.


How do I change my race distance?

Need to switch your event?  Login to your RunSignUp account and select “Manage Registration” then “Transfer Event.”  Complete the requested information to make the transfer. There is no cost to switch down (ie: switch from the Full Marathon to the Half Marathon).  There is a cost to switch up (difference between what you paid and the current cost of the event you are registering for). You can make changes on your own online up until noon on Thursday, April 20 or you can change events at the Expo.

Still need help?  Check out this information RunSignUp on how to Transfer (Switch) Your Event.

When does online registration close?

Online registration will close at 7pm on the day of the expo, Friday, April 19, 2024. All athletes must pick up their packets at the expo that day.

What are the entry deadlines?

The last chance to register for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run, Bike Tour, 5K Run or Kid’s K is at the Quality of Life Expo on Friday, April 19, 2024. The expo closes at 7pm. THERE WILL BE NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATION!

Can I transfer my registration to another person?

No. You cannot transfer your registration to another person.

Can I get a refund if I am unable to participate?

As an organization, the Salt Lake City Marathon does not directly issue refunds for any reason–no exceptions.

If you are unable to participate, you do have the option of deferring until the following year for approximately $20.00. Deferment codes are only good for one year and cannot be extended beyond that one-year period. You must begin the deferment process prior to race day (so, no later than Friday, April 19) to be able to defer your entry to 2025. 

Can I defer until the following year if I am unable to participate?

Athletes have the option to defer their registration 1 year for a nominal fee.  If you'd like to defer to next year, login to your RunSignUp account (created when you registered) and select “Manage Registration” next to the event and then select the "Defer Registration" link (under profile picture in upper right-hand corner). You can only defer from one year to the next. You must complete your deferral by 7pm on Friday, April 19, 2024.

Still need help?  Check out this information RunSignUp on how to Defer Your Registration

Can I run the Marathon course without registering?

No. Anyone on the course who is not clearly displaying an official Salt Lake City Marathon bibs will be directed off the course immediately.


Is the Marathon & Half Marathon course hilly?

Please see the full and half marathon course map here to check out the hill profile.

How many aid stations and what type of fluid replacements are offered?

There will be 18 aid stations on the course.

Aid stations will have water, Gatorade, portable restrooms, and dozens of enthusiastic volunteers. GU energy gel (caffeinated and non-caffeinated) is available at mile 7.5 on the combined Full and Half Marathon routes + miles 13.5 and 19.5 on the Full Marathon route. Light snacks will also be provided (bananas, m-n-m’s, etc.)

Minimal first aid will be located at the 18 stations on-course, but volunteer EMT’s will support nine first aid stations along the course route. University of Utah Health will be operating a full medical emergency tent at the finish line. Gold Cross Ambulance, Salt Lake City Fire Rescue, Unified Fire, Medical Reserve Corp, EMT Utah Volunteer Corp, and Utah Highway Patrol will be grooming the course in support of our stationary first aid stops.

Is there any post-race medical attention?

There will be medical support at the start line, finish area and along the course. The medical tent is located at the finish line.

What kind of food and drinks are at the finish line? Where is the finish line festival?

There will be bottled water, Gatorade products, Creamies ice cream, Kodiak pancakes, fresh fruit, granola bars, and other food for replenishment at the finish line. The refreshment area will be closed to participants only and is located at the end of the finish line chutes. The finish line festival is on 200 E between Library and Washington Squares.

Will portable bathrooms be on the course?

Yes, at the start line, all 18 aid stations and at the finish line inside Library Square.

Will gear check be available?

There will be a gear bag drop-off area near the start line and a bag pickup area near the finish line. Just look for the "Gear Check" signs. Please follow these guidelines:

  • For Marathon and Half Marathon runners only...your bag must be dropped off no later than 6:45 am, so we can transport them to the finish line before the race begins. If you miss the drop-off deadline, you may have to wait longer.
  • You must use the gear bags provided to you at the Expo.
  • You must use the gear check tag located on your bib to identify your bag.
  • Please DO NOT leave valuables in your bag, as we cannot be responsible for the contents of your bag.
  • DO NOT leave your bag unattended outside the official bag drop area. Bags left unattended may be confiscated due to Homeland Security requirements.
Will there be pacers available?

The Utah Race Pacers will be leading pace groups for the following finishing times:

Half Marathon

  • 1:35
  • 1:40
  • 1:50
  • 2:00
  • 2:10
  • 2:20
  • 2:30
  • 2:45

Full Marathon

  • 3:35
  • 3:45
  • 3:55
  • 4 Hours
  • 4:15
  • 4:30
  • 4:45
  • 5 Hours
Are dogs allowed on the course?


ONLY certified Service dogs are allowed on all course routes. Family pets that do not have service designation and training should stay home and wait to celebrate after you're done! Dogs that have been ‘certified’ on the internet are strictly prohibited. 


If I am unable to participate, can I get a refund?

The Salt Lake City Marathon does not allow refunds under any circumstance. If you are unable to participate, you do have the option of paying a nominal fee to defer to next year. Please login to your RunSignup account and follow these instructions to defer to next year.


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