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This is a very challenging marathon course. If you run a 3:30 marathon expect to finish this race between 5-6 hours. There is 5,883 feet of elevation gain on Marathon course. The course is made up of 99.9% mountain trail and fire break roads. The only asphalt that your trail shoes will touch is a few crossing as you traverse northbound at the lower elevations. There are sections of accent and decent that will be technical but extremely scenic. As in the past you may experience snow, rain, mud, potential stream crossings but without a doubt – rocks. Although the distance is that of a traditional marathon, it is anything but traditional. There will not be porta-johns, mile markers, spectators, or volunteers at every turn showing you which way to go. You should treat this race course like an ultra-distance race. The course will be marked with orange and blue flagging. Continuous orange flagging will indicate the correct direction. A combination of orange and blue flagging will indicate an upcoming turn. The blue flagging will appear on the same side of the trail as the turn will occur. The course will be marked well but you must pay attention to the flagging.
Why We Love It
Provo, known for its incredible beauty, is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast with its close proximity to the Provo River, Cascade Springs, Mount Timpanogos and Provo Canyon. Also known for its religious history, it is the most conservative city in the U.S., with over 88% of the population being Mormon. Visitors should be advised that most businesses are closed on Sunday.
Free (or Almost Free) Stuff To Do
A rugged canyon landscape easily accessed from town. Activities: bike, camp, climb, hike.
Splitting Mount Timpanogos and Mount Cascade, it is home to trails, lakes, and attractions such as Vivian Park and Bridal Veil Falls. Activities: bike, climb, drive, fish, hike.
Often referred to as "Mount Timp", the mountain home to trails, lakes, a glacier, and the Timpanogos Cave National Monument. Activities: climb, hike.
|Alpine Loop Scenic Backway|
A scenic drive down a narrow, windy road in the American Fork Canyon of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
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Provo Municipal Airport (PVU)
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