News About the COVID-19 Virus

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The Latest News on the COVID-19 Virus and its Impact on the Salt Lake City Marathon.

December 22, 2020 at 8:00AM MST


While we hoped to put on a fantastic live event in 2021, the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and its vaccine rollout have forced us to move the event to a 100% virtual format. We are heartbroken that we can’t gather for a second year in a row. Our team has worked hard over the last few months to put together a fun and engaging virtual event that will allow us to celebrate the spirit of Salt Lake together, from afar. All participants that deferred from 2020 have been automatically registered for the 2021 Virtual Salt Lake City Marathon. Athletes will have the option to defer again to 2022 but must do so by January 10, 2021. Learn more at our Deferrals from 2020 and FAQ pages.


March 16, 2020 at 1:00PM MST


Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, spectators, sponsors, partners, law enforcement and medical professionals and all that are involved with or impacted by the Salt Lake City Marathon. Furthermore, it is our responsibility as members of local and global communities and as humans to contribute however we can to the well-being of everyone.

It is with great sadness that we must announce that the University of Utah Health Salt Lake City Marathon presented by Bank of America and all of its related events for 2020 have been postponed due to imminent mass-gathering restrictions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The event will be postponed until 2021. Current registrants will have the option to run, bike, or skate a virtual race on their own or to be automatically deferred to 2021 at no additional cost. For more details on these options, please continue to visit the Salt Lake City Marathon’s COVID-19 update page on our website here. Additional instructions and details will be emailed as soon as possible.

We are devastated with this outcome and share in your confusion, frustration and sadness. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of our athletes and partners, past and present, and their families during this difficult time.



*** UPDATED APRIL 7, 2020 at 8:00 PM ***

* Those that registered after April 7 when the virtual race registration page went live.

It’s not too late to participate in this year’s Salt Lake City Marathon. And, the best part… you can do it anywhere, anytime! For the full details, visit our 2020 Virtual SLC Marathon page.


* Those that registered prior to the postponement announcement on March 23

Due to the postponement of the 2020 Salt Lake City Marathon in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, current registrants have two options:

  1. Run, bike, or skate your own race before May 18, 2020. Send documentation of your accomplishment via your favorite endurance activity tracker (Garmin, Strava, Mapmyrun,, etc) and complete this Google Form prior to Friday, May 22. You will be able to pick up your swag (t-shirt, goody bag with goodies, and finisher medal) at Salt Lake Running Company. Further details on the date, location, and times will be announced later. For full details, visit our 2020 Virtual SLC Marathon page.
  2. Defer your entry to 2021.  If we do not receive notice of your virtual event by May 22, your 2020 registration will automatically be deferred to the 2021 race at no additional cost. Next year’s race is currently scheduled for April 17, 2021.




March 12, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Many athletes have been reaching out in regards to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The organizers of the Salt Lake City Marathon share your concerns and have been working very closely with the local and state officials. As of this time, THE EVENT IS ON and all preparations continue for a great race on April 18. This pertains to all of our events including the Quality of Life Expo on April 17 at the Salt Palace Convention Center and all distances on race day (half marathon, bike tour, 5k run, 10k run, 10k skate, and kids k).

Our decision to continue forward is congruent with today’s statements from Governor Herbert and Mayor Mendenhall related to mass gatherings in Utah.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our athletes, spectators, and the entire Salt Lake community. While we look to implement additional measures and precautions, we will continue to take the recommendations of federal, state and local leaders.

As this situation is rapidly evolving, details will be forthcoming and athletes will be the first to know. For anyone wanting additional information on COVID-19, safety precautions you can take, and updates, please reference the following links:

World Health Organization


Utah Department of Health:

Salt Lake County Health Department: