Flat, fun, and easy-on-the-knees!

Flat, Fun, & New

After a successful run of 20 years of the Top of Utah Marathon, 2019 is the time to do something new with the marathon, and showcase another beautiful part of the “Top of Utah”. An all new Start/Finish in downtown Logan with the Altra Runner’s Festival, a 2-person Relay, 10K Trail Race, 5K Fun Run, and a Kids & Family Fun Miler are just the beginning of how in 2019 we are working hard to Earn Your Return.

Event date: September 21, 2019


THANK you to ALL of our participants today! The weather cooperated and even left a dusting of our first snow to the tips of the Wellsville mountain range! Today was a day of milestones, local educator Dave Isom turned in his 100th marathon today, Salt Lake native with deep ties to Logan and Cache Valley, Gates Hunsaker thundered through his toughest marathon yet…all propelled by using his arms. We really wish everyone would have been at the finish line to have witnessed the courage, the decency of the fellow runners and spectators, and the deep pride his family and friends have in his inspiring story. Another cool milestone today, our FIRST ever running of the Logan Marathon, made possible by YOU!


RESULTS are posted for the Marathon, 2-Person Relay, 10K and 5K fun run. That to SportStats Jim B. and team for your phenomenal talent and attention to detail in timing this event. See the link below for all 2019 results.



A different course, with a combination of new and traditional bests of Top of Utah.

The Blacksmith Fork Canyon route has become a favorite for the Top of Utah Half Marathon; however, the full marathon made the last 10 miles difficult, and with other events copying the downhill-canyon format, we wanted to provide a different option, a new and exciting flat course.

As we considered features of the world’s greatest marathons, we discovered most offer level roads, mild slopes, and merciful downhills; such as, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Berlin. Another feature of these great events are the backdrop of magnificent views and beautiful vistas. With this in mind, we decided to break-out of the downhill trend and create the a mostly flat and low-traffic option in one of the most beautiful valleys in the west.

Also, the Logan Downtown Alliance has long expressed an interest in hosting a world class running event that highlights downtown and other beautiful sections of our unique valley. Imagine a low-traffic race course that takes in the beauty of the Cache Valley. Run either the full marathon or split it with a partner and participate in our 2-person relay. Compete with yourself and others as you run through historic districts, past golf courses, along river trails, on wide-open country roads, through wetland areas, and all in the shadow of the beautiful Wellsville Mountain Range.

Introducing the NEW Logan City Marathon; one of the flattest race courses anywhere. Held the same Top of Utah weekend, (September 21, 2019), this new race offers an open and quick route throughout the west-side of the Cache Valley. Don’t worry about catching a early-morning bus at 4:30am on a cold fall morning, all racing begins as the dawn breaks (7am).

Not ready for a full marathon, or perhaps looking to team up or train another person, at exactly 13.1 miles, Mendon City allows for a perfect transition site for a 2-Person Relay and a large support station for all marathoners. We have also created a 10K Trail Race, 5K Fun Run, and a Kids & Family Fun Miler so everyone can join in the fun. Start times are:

  • Full Marathon: 7:00 am

  • 2-Person Relay: 7:05 am

  • 10K Run: 7:10 am

  • 5K Fun Run: 7:15 am

  • 1-mile Family Fun Run for The Family Place: 7:20 am

Additionally, we want to CELEBRATE your accomplishments and make this day special - all runners will both start and finish on 100 North, and run along the Logan City Historic Center Street, and after your race is complete, we throw you a party, the Altra Runner’s Festival, on a closed-off city block in downtown Logan. Note: Due to late construction, Center Street will not be available in 2019, so we are simply moving the start finish one block north to 100 North. The city block will be closed for our event.

Many of the same Top of Utah features will remain; like calling runner names at the finish, big and bold finisher metals, photos on the course and at the finish line, as well as accurate timing and race results. And NEW for 2019, all registered runners will receive a brunch courtesy of Historic Center Street Restaurants, featuring a wide-selection of baked goods, fruit, eggs, drinks and other great eats to refuel after the race. We will also feature live music at the Start and Finish.

We believe this new start/finish and course will become a runner’s favorite, provide a much safer and comfortable running experience, and provide open road running in our beautiful valley, and let you sleep in a bit.

600 West and about 400 South Logan, Utah

600 West and about 400 South Logan, Utah



Dave also runs to raise awareness for and to fundraise for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Dave and his family have made a website for the occasion.


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Elevation profile for full marathon

Elevation profile for full marathon

TOP-DOWN view of 100 North between Main Street & 100 West. Entire block will be closed for the Logan City Marathon

TOP-DOWN view of 100 North between Main Street & 100 West. Entire block will be closed for the Logan City Marathon

Logan, Utah 600 West Center Street - First Left turn and turn-around point for the Family Fun Run

Logan, Utah 600 West Center Street - First Left turn and turn-around point for the Family Fun Run

Logan River Golf Course (left-hand) on 600 West southbound

Logan River Golf Course (left-hand) on 600 West southbound


Full Marathon, 2-Person Relay, 10K Trail Race, 5K Run, & Kids & Family Fun Run.



Enjoy a super flat and fast course, wide-open and strait sections, with a party-like start & finish atmosphere to celebrate your awesome accomplishment.

Create another 20 years at the Top of Utah!

Leveraging the rich 20-year history of the Top of Utah, we celebrate past highlights and a new flat course, a fun and festive start/finish, and an intense focus on delivering a great runner experience for all participants.


Saturday September 21, 2019. Downtown Logan, Utah

Mark Yang