Monday, July 24, 2023


5:30 AM


26.2 Miles


Full Marathon

First run in 1970, the Deseret News Marathon is the oldest road race in Utah and the 4th oldest marathon west of the continental divide. The marathon follows the path the Utah pioneers traveled when they first entered the valley. This event is truly a part of Utah’s heritage!

The Deseret News Marathon begins at the top of Big Mountain above Emigration Canyon, descending a 3,200 foot total elevation drop. The beautiful course finishes through downtown Salt Lake City along the Days of '47 Parade route where runners are greeted by over 100,000 cheering Utahns! The marathon course is USATF Certified and a Boston qualifier.

Training Plans: Beginning Runners | Experienced Runners


Register for 2023$80
Price starting January 31$90
Price starting April 1$100
Price starting May 20$110
Price starting July 8$120
Price starting July 22$125

Full Marathon Route

Race Map

Start Time

5:30 a.m. - In accordance with the Salt Lake Police Department, the marathon course will close after six hours. After that, all runners will be directed toward the sidewalk and clean up at the finish line will begin.

Packet Pickup

This is the Place Heritage Park; 2601 Sunnyside Ave S, Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Saturday, July 22 from 10am to 8pm (Preferred); and Sunday, July 23 from 2pm to 6pm if you are unable to attend the expo on Saturday.

Online registration closes at 2pm on Sunday, July 23. *Registration will still be available in person at packet pick-up on July 22-23. You may pick up packets for someone else if you bring a signed note or email authorizing you to do so. At packet pickup you will get your race bib with timing chip, shirt, and goodie bag.

*There is no race day packet pickup.


Marathon Buses will pick up runners from Rice-Eccles Stadium promptly from 3:45 am – 4:15 am to shuttle runners to the start line location. These buses will be lined up along the west side of the stadium. It is your responsibility to arrive early enough to park and be seated on a bus in time to ride to the top of Big Mountain. Do not plan on driving to the top. The marathon starts at 5:30 a.m. After the race there will be shuttle buses at the finish line area lined up along 700 East between 800 South and 900 South to transport runners back to their vehicles at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Due to the state holiday, the parade and the race route closures and traffic, these shuttle buses will take some time to make their rounds so plan accordingly.

Bag Drop

There will be bags and sharpies to write your bib number on at the start line location which will be transported to the finish line for pickup. Please do not use the bag drop service for valuables as we cannot guarantee their safe keeping.

Awards and Divisions

The three fastest men and women racers receive: 1st place- $1,000, 2nd place- $500 and 3rd place- $250. Only Utah residents are eligible for prize money. All finishers will receive custom finisher medals. Award medals will also be given to the top three in each age division. The age divisions are:

11 and under, 12-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90+, Wheelchair Category, Masters Division 40+.

Elite Entires

Deseret News has one of the strongest road race fields in the state of Utah. If you are a "local elite" and would like to be considered for a comp entry, please email [email protected]

Full Marathon Route

Race Map


We do not provide refunds. You can transfer to a different race distance on race day - July 22, 2023 (ie marathon to half marathon, half marathon to 10k, etc), but must contact us before July 20th. If you move to a more expensive race you will need to pay the extra cost, no partial refunds will be given if you move to a lower race. You can also switch your registration to another runner prior to July 21st. A final option is to defer to a later year, but we need to be contacted by July 1 in order to defer. Please contact us at [email protected]

Quite cool in the mountains but when you hit the valley expect an immediate and significant increase in temperature. Can vary in the valley from 70 to 85 degrees depending on your pace.

  • Marathon and half marathon: Hogle Zoo parking lot is the best place to watch them come out of the canyon.
  • Finish Line: For the finish line at Liberty Park, spectators can park along the side streets close to Liberty Park. We will have food and entertainment for spectators to enjoy with us at the finish line. We are working hard to turn the finish line into a great place for runners and family and friends to spend some time before the Parade or holiday celebrations.

There are portable toilets at the start and finish line and at every aid station. You might want to go before you come to try and avoid long lines at the starting line.

  • Marathon: Park in Rice Eccles stadium parking lot on the west end. No parking at starting line. Only access to start it by bus.
  • Half Marathon: Park in Rice Eccles stadium parking lot on the west end. No parking at starting line. Only access to start it by bus.
  • 10K: Park at Research Park
  • 5K: Use side streets near 950 East South Temple