Revel Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon & Half Marathon Coming to Cottonwood Heights

Revel Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon & Half Marathon Comes to Cottonwood Heights
Posted on 09/01/2016

Cottonwood Heights is proud to welcome the Revel Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon and Half Marathon to our city.  This is the fifth year that Cottonwood Heights has hosted this popular event that draws participants from around the country as well as locally. 

This prestigious race is one of the qualifying events for the Boston Marathon, considered one of the world’s premiere races.

The race will start early in the morning on Saturday, Sept. 10. We invite all to come out to support the runners and cheer them on to the finish line.

To accommodate this large event, Fort Union Boulevard will be closed from the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, all the way to Union Park Avenue.. Some traffic will be allowed east and west along Fort Union Boulevard, but no traffic or pedestrians will be allowed to cross north or south along the race route until it is finished.

Wasatch Boulevard will be closed between Fort Union Boulevard and 4500 South during the race. See map for race route details.

If you have plans that don’t include participation in the race, either as a runner or a spectator, please plan your travel accordingly.

The race begins at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon (at Guardsman Pass for the full marathon and the Spruces Campground for the half marathon) at 6:45 a.m.

All runners should complete the course by 1:30 p.m.  CHPD will open parts of Fort Union Boulevard as the race winds down.  The intersection of Wasatch and Fort Union should be open by approximately 11:00 a.m. with other intersections opening as the race proceeds west down Fort Union Blvd. 

Suggested detour routes for travelers on both sides of Fort Union are:  For those on the North side, the best route is to take I-215 to Union Park.  For those on the South side, Creek Road or 9400 South may be the best option to reach 1300 East. 

The city appreciates your patience as we host several thousand runners to Cottonwood Heights.

More race information will be available through our website ( and our Facebook and Twitter channels.

You can also find more information at


There will only be one westbound lane open on the north side of Fort Union Blvd. Use I-215 WB to Union Park Ave. in order to bypass the closure across Fort Union Blvd. No vehicles will be able to cross Fort Union Blvd. between Wasatch Blvd. and Union Park Ave.


The south side of Fort Union Blvd. will still be open for WB/EB traffic, with limited lanes. Use Fort Union Blvd. or Creek Road WB to Union Park Ave. in order to cross Fort Union Blvd. No vehicles will be able to cross Fort Union Blvd. between Wasatch Blvd and Union Park Ave.


Black Section: Fort Union Blvd between Wasatch Blvd. and

1300 East will be closed to all traffic crossing northbound or southbound from 7:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. All vehicles will be directed west to Union Park Ave in order to cross Fort Union Blvd. Vehicles accessing Fort Union Blvd. from the south may travel east or west on Fort Union Blvd. but may not cross it. Vehicles accessing Fort Union Blvd. from the north may only travel west on Fort Union Blvd. and may not cross it.

Blue Section: Wasatch Blvd. will be closed to through traffic between 6200 South and 4500 South from 8:00 a.m. until Noon. Access to this area will be limited to Old Mill Golf Course and the adjoining neighborhoods. Any vehicles entering or exiting must follow a police escort during this time and should expect delays.

Orange Section: Big Cottonwood Canyon Road will be partially closed from 6:15 a.m. until 11 a.m. Vehicles entering or exiting the canyon must wait behind a police escort to continue, and should expect delays.

Light Orange Section: Guardsman Pass Road inaccessible between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Major Intersections:

BCC Intersection3000 E. Fort Union Boulevard
Northernmost westbound lane will start here and travel to 1300 East as an outlet or relief for trapped traffic, and will be  free flowing. The southern westbound lane will be also be free flowing disregarding the light, along with the eastbound lane.

BCC Highland

Highland Drive and Fort Union Boulevard

The southern eastbound and westbound vehicle lanes will obey the traffic signal. The northern westbound lane will free flow west or turn onto highland disregarding the signal. Southbound Highland traffic will ALL turn right onto westbound Ft. Union and yield to the traffic.Northbound Highland traffic will turn left on the signal and right yielding to traffic. 

BCC Wasatch
Wasatch Boulevard and Fort Union Boulevard
All lanes are free flowing except the Staged vehicle lane for the canyon. Officers will direct them at Mine Shaft when to follow a lead car.

1300 E BCC
1300 East and Fort Union Boulevard
No lights or signals will be utilized. Free flowing right or left turns. 

Marathon Timeline:

Sept 9th

  • 7 p.m. - midnight: The Festival area from 1300 East to Park Center Drive on Fort Union will be closed to any traffic with the exception of Creek Cove and the Orchard of Country Woods access.

    Sept 10th

  • 6:15 a.m.: Shuttle system starts in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Wasatch Boulevard will remain open.
  • 7:15: Wasatch Boulevard closed for crossing traffic. Traffic on the south side of Wasatch Boulevard will be able travel east and west on Fort Union’s southern lanes. Still no crossing!
  • 7:30: Fort Union Boulevard closed to crossing traffic. Streets on the north side of Fort Union Boulevard will detour west. Streets on the south side will travel east and west on Fort Union Boulevard’s southern lanes without restrictions.  
  • 7:35: First half marathon participants exit canyon and cross Wasatch Boulevard.
  • 7:50: First half marathon participants finish race at Union Park Center.
  • 8:45: First full marathon participant crosses Wasatch Boulevard at 6200 South.
  • 9:00: Wasatch Boulevard southbound traffic open and regulated by Unified Police officers at 6200 S. Wasatch Boulevard. Northbound stays limited to westbound detour only.
  • 10:55: Last runner exits canyon; police pilot car system ceases. Open canyon traffic from the south.
  • 11:00: Wasatch Boulevard and Fort Union Boulevard to allow free flowing traffic for ONE lane north and south. West will still be restricted.
  • 12:15 p.m.: Last full marathon participant crosses 6200 South and Wasatch Bouevard and heads toward Fort Union Boulevard.
  • 12:30: Last runner/walker will be headed west on Fort Union Boulevard from Wasatch Boulevard. All restrictions still in force.     
  • 1:15: Last runner finishes race, all roads completely open with exception of finish venue on Fort Union Boulevard (Festival Area).
  • 5:00: Finish venue clean-up is complete, area opens to all vehicles. To ensure that the time frames listed above are adhered to, a "sag wagon" van will collect all participants who are unable to maintain a pace of 15:00 per mile. This vehicle will escort participants to the nearest aid station or to the finish venue.