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, a lot of runners told us the full marathon needed to be improved. With the full marathon numbers declining over the years, and other events copying the downhill-canyon format, we wanted to provide a better option, something new and exciting!
As we considered features of the world’s greatest marathons that would become the foundation of the NEW Logan Marathon, we discovered that many of the greatest offer level roads, mild slopes, and merciful downhills; such as, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Berlin. Also top on the list were magnificent views and beautiful vistas. With this in mind, we decided to break-out of the punishing downhill trend and create the “Flattest Run in the West” through 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 Cache National Forest and 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. And rather than having to catch a bus at 4am 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, the Mendon City Park 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.
Additionally, we want to CELEBRATE your accomplishments and make this day special - all runners will both start and finish on a strait-forward 6-block stretch on Historic Center Street, after your race is complete, we throw you a big party, the Altra Runner’s Festival, on a closed-off city block in downtown Logan. Food, Fans, Fun and Finisher medals!
Many of the same Top of Utah features will remain; like Logan voice-celebrity Rob Flygare 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, waffles, pancakes, crepes, eggs, drinks and other great eats to refuel after the race. We will also feature live music throughout the course and at the Start and Finish, as well as a new Altra Runner’s Festival hosted by longtime presenting sponsor Altra Running and Icon Health & Fitness.
We believe this new start/finish and course will become a runner’s favorite, provide a much safer and comfortable running experience, enjoy the beauty of the valley, and let you sleep in a bit.