Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon

May 13, 2023

Registration Open

Big Cottonwood Canyon Half Marathon

Run Vigor in 2023! This mostly downhill course will take you through the early-morning stillness and beauty of Big Cottonwood Canyon, past giant rocks and running water. This is the perfect race for the rookie half marathoner and a great race for the experienced runner to achieve a new PR. But more importantly, this race will help you reconnect with why you started running in the first place. The half marathon course is USATF sanctioned.

Don't miss the race that was voted Utah's Top 10 and received the Utah Runner's Choice Award, and that City Weekly voted Best Of Utah!

Runner's Choice Award

City Weekly Best Off Award

Half Marathon

Race Date: 5/13/2023
Start Time: 6:00 AM
Race Location: Big Cottonwood Canyon
Course Map

Course Description

The beautiful Solitude Mountain Resort is the race day staging area for the Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon 13.1. (Half Marathon). Runners will enjoy waiting inside the ski school, (with 20 indoor restrooms) as they sip their choice of hot chocolate or coffee. From the staging area runners will take a short warm up walk to the start line at the Silver Fork Lodge and Restaurant. For the next 11 miles runners will experience the beauty and majesty of this amazing V-shaped canyon... from its many impressive rock forms to the sound of the raging Big Cottonwood Creek. Elevation for this course will start at 7700 feet and end at 4700 feet. Runners will get the chance to embrace a few flat spots and grades up to 7.5%. Once out of the canyon, runners will follow cones (through parking lot) and will be directed down a ramp. The path will lead runners under Wasatch Blvd and continue to hug the Big Cottonwood Creek for about 3/4 mile. While crossing at Big Cottonwood Canyon Road take note of the Historic Old Mill on your right. The remaining course is relatively flat as it continues along the Big Cottonwood Creek to the finish line at Old Mill One Building. At the finish line runners will be greeted with a finisher medal, and be able to enjoy food, music, and massage. Invite the whole family along for the fun!


  • Average Temperatures in the canyon for May are low's 38-42 F
  • We will collect drop bags at the start line, with bag pick up at the finish. You will need your bib to pick up your drop bag.
  • Aid stations are approximately at miles 2, 5, 7, 10, and 12 all stations will have water, Gatorade, and port-a-potties at most.
  • Medical staff will be stationed along the course and at the finish line.
  • The course will be marked and volunteers will be throughout the course directing you. Police will also be present at all major intersections, however please watch for traffic and obey all traffic laws while running along roadways.

Race Location

Parking will be at Old Mill One parking structure.

6322 South 3000 East
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Directions: Take I-215 to 6200 South exit. (East bound) Take your first two rights and you are there! There will be directional signs and volunteers to indicate where to park.

Transport to Start Line:

Buses will pick up participants at 4:30 AM at the Old Mill One Building and transport them to the starting line. Please arrive early as all runners MUST ride the buses. There is no parking or drop off areas at the start line. If you miss the buses you will NOT be able to drive to the start line.


The Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon events will be chip timed by RunSum. Your time will start as you cross the starting line and stop as you cross the finish line. Results should be available online under "Results" within a few hours after the event.

Aid and Nutrition

  • An indoor building with 20 flush-able toilets is available at Solitude Mountain Resort.
  • Aid Stations will have water, Gatorade, and most will have port-a-potties.
    • Half Marathon stations will be at miles 2, 5, 7, 10, and 12
    • 10K stations will be at 3 and 5
    • 5K station will be at mile 2 and port-a-potties will be available at mile 1
  • Gel products will be at mile 7.
  • Medical staff is stationed along the course and at the finish line.
  • Runners Corral at finish line will offer REAMS fruit, water, Creamies, and chips. Vendors booths will be available at finish line

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Register: Cost*
11/1/22 - 11/4/22 $70.00
11/5/22 - 12/31/22 $80.00
1/1/23 - 3/14/23 $85.00
3/15/23/- 4/1/23 $95.00
4/2/23 - 5/12/23 $105.00

*Price does not include online registration fee or taxes.

Note: There is no race day registration. Registration will be open online till 6:00pm on 5/12/23. You may also register on site at the packet pick up location on 5/12/23 from 11:00am- 7:00pm. All those who register prior to 6:00pm on 5/12/23 MUST pick up their race packets at the pickup location. (NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP)

Packet Pick-Up

Pickup Date and Time:
Friday, May 12th, 2023 from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Packet pickup location is Wasatch Running Center, address is listed below. Runners may have a friend/family member pick up their packet if they are not able to attend. There will be no race day packet pick-up!!

Below is a link providing additional directions to the Wasatch Running Center

Wasatch Running Center

Wasatch Running Center
8946 S State St
Sandy, UT 84070


Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the following age groups.

  • 11 & 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
  • 70-74
  • 75-79


Post Race Refreshments & Food
Gender Specific Technical T-Shirt
Race Shuttle

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Cottonwood

3090 East 6200 South
Holladay, UT 84121
P: (800) 993-4751
C: Sheri White-Neale

Enhance your Utah Vigor Race experience by staying at Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Cottonwood. Well-appointed rooms deliver everything from plush Hyatt Grand Beds to state-of-the art media and work centers. Guest-friendly hotel amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, Stay Fit fitness center, 24/7 Gallery Menu, heated Outdoor Pool and Hot Tub, and free Wi-Fi.

To make reservations simply call our Hyatt reservation team at 1-800-993-4751 or book online at Group Rate for Vigor Utah. Discounted room rates will be available until April 18, 2022.

We look forward to having you as our guest!

Our hotel is within walking distance to the start line bus pick-up location and the race finish line.

Estimated Cost: $258.00

Solitude Mountain Resort

12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd
Solitude, UT 84121
P: (801) 536-5722
C: Devon Liljenquist

Stay at Solitude Mountain Resort the night before your race!! It's not just about the number of rooms or beds; it's where you wake up in the morning. At Solitude you'll wake up with the mountain right outside your window. That's what we mean when we say, "Refined by Nature." Whether you're looking for a first-class hotel experience or the space to spread out with friends and family in a three-bedroom condominium, Solitude has the right accommodations for you.

Will a professional photographer be taking pictures?
Free professional photos will be taken along the course. You will be able to view and share your photos within 48 hours...please visit the results link, then click photos. We will make every effort to get at least one photo of each runner; however, this is not a guarantee.
Where do I park the day of the event?
Parking will be at Old Mill One parking structure. (6322 South 3000 EastCottonwood Heights, UT) Take I-215 to 6200 South exit. (East bound) Take your first two rights and you are there! There will be directional signs and volunteers to indicate where to park.
What is the time limit for the course?
There is a time limit of 3 hours (13 min/mile pace). Runners still on course after 9 am are required to catch a ride in the sweep vehicle.
What about gear bags?
There will be gear bags provided at the Packet Pickup (for the half marathon and 10K) for transport of clothing from race start. Official bag transport vehicles at the start will deliver runners bags to the finish for pickup after the race. Please do not place valuables in your gear bag. Vigor Half Marathon is not responsible for lost items.
What items are not allowed on the course?

Strollers, baby joggers, bikes, skates, scooters, vehicles and animals are not allowed.

We strongly recommend that, if you choose to listen to a portable music player at our events you keep the volume low and/or wear only 1 earbud. This is a safety issue you need to be able to hear the runners around you and any safety or medical vehicles that are trying to move along the course.

What places are open for spectators?

Spectators can cheer loved one on anywhere along the last two miles of the course...from the Park and Ride at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon along the bike path and along Big Cottonwood Canyon Road to the finish line. Spectators can park at Old Mill One Parking structure at the finish line. (6322 South 3000 East Cottonwood Heights, UT- High Rise Covered Parking Structure.)

What if it rains?

The race will go on regardless of weather conditions.

Can I volunteer?

YES!!!! Email us at But, if you think it would be more fun to run the race.. feel free to register!

Can I register the day of the race?
There is no race day registration. Registration will be open online till 6:00pm the Friday before the race. You may also register on site at the packet pick up location on from 11:00am- 6:00pm. All those who register prior to 6:00pm MUST pick up there race packets the Friday before the race at the packet pickup location.


Having Fun 2016 Big Group 2016 Individual Man 2016 Finish in Pink 2016 Group at Start 2016 Running Start 2016 Airplane Arms 2016 Leading the pack 2016 Individual Woman 2016 Dressed in fall colors 2016 Man at start jumping to stay warm 2016 Group of Girls at Start 2016 Half marathon Start 2014 Group with arms up 2018 Shonda Mae 2012 Big Cottonwood Finish Line


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