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
  • 10K Skate: 6.2 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
  • 5K Run: 7:05am
  • 10K Skate: 7:10am
  • 10K Run: 7:15am
  • Kid’s K: 10:45am
Am I allowed to use my MP3 player during the race?

Yes, you are permitted to use MP3 players 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.

What are the packet pickup dates and locations?

Packet pickup will be located at the Quality of Life Expo on Friday, April 20 from 11:00am – 7:00pm at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 in Hall Number 3. 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 3 hours and 15 minutes.

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, we are 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, 10K Skate, and 5K courses. Those with strollers should start in the back as a courtesy to participants without strollers.

Are roller skates, inline skates, or bikes of any kind allowed to participate in the marathon run?

No. Anyone found on the Full or Half Marathon course using any of these will be directed off the course by race officials.

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 back to the start line?

Shuttles will run from the finish line to the TRAX station. A ROUNDTRIP (new this year) ride on TRAX is offered to all participants to get to the start line and back to it from the finish or to whichever station you parked at along the red or blue lines. It’s recommended that if you drive to the event, you park in one of the 8,000+ paid parking places ($3-10 for the morning on average) and travel up to the University of Utah to start via the RED line on TRAX.  Train service along the red line will offer a special early service exclusive to marathon morning beginning at 5 a.m. Return service via TRAX is included in your race registration. Show your bib on the train! Please check out additional information here.


How do I change my race distance once it has been submitted?

Click here to go to your Chronotrack registration and select “Change Race” to choose a new distance. All changes must be done two weeks prior to the event. You can also change your race at the Quality of Life Expo by visiting the information booth.

When does online registration close?

Online registration will close on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 11:59am.

What are the entry deadlines?

The last chance to register for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Run, Bike Tour, 10K Skate, 5K Run or Kid’s K is at the Quality of Life Expo on Friday, April 17, 2020. 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 $22.00. 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. 

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

Yes? You do have the option of deferring until the following year for approximately $22.00. Deferment codes are only good for one year and cannot be extended beyond that one year period. You must purchase the deferment prior to race day. To defer, log in to your athlete profile, click on the "Change Race" option, and choose the defer option. 

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 water and Gatorade products at each of the 19 aid stations as well as at the post-race finish area. Water will be provided at all start lines. Minimal first aid will be located at the 19 stations on-course, but volunteer EMT’s will man five 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, Dole fruit cups, Kodiak Cakes 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 19 aid stations and at the finish line.

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.


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 Chronotrack account and select “Change Race.”


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