The United Health Foundation's America's health rankings report put Utah at number seven in the country last year. For the last two decades, Utah has been in the top 10 on the report, of which behavior and community are two measurements.
Here are some of the upcoming Utah races for solitary runners and mud-loving cohorts who are giving fitness in Utah a good name. We didn't list any runs that just include a 5K—this one's for those who need a run that's a little bit further. Click the links for full details on each race.
May 18, Huff to Bluff
This weekend San Juan County hosts a marathon and half marathon from Blanding to Bluff. Volunteer firefighters will be on-hand to spray down runners, and great prizes (including a hot air balloon ride) are up for grabs.
May 18, Ogden Marathon
Saturday is the big day for Ogden's events, which include full and half marathons, relay, corporate cup, 5K, Kids K and wheelchair division races. Runners' packet pick up is Friday May 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fun & Fitness Expo.
June 1, Thelma and Louise Half Marathon
Moab is the setting for this second annual race. This year's course is emphatically "Flat, Flat, Flat," and runs along the Colorado river. Pick up packets are available at the Race Expo on May 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
June 8, The Dirty Dash
The Utah Spring and Corporate Cup is 5.5 miles of muddy, slippery obstacles for those who incorporate fun with fitness. The Piglet Plunge for kids ages 2 to 12 will include the Slop n' Slide, the Hog Wash and the Pig Sty.
June 29, Utah Spartan Beast
This event, hosted in Midway, Utah, is an adrenaline-filled, military-training style obstacle course. Good climbing skills come in handy over the 10 to 12 mile trek to the finish. Spartan Race festival grounds provide music, slip and slide courses, and feats of strength challenges.
Sept 26–28, Utah Marathon and Fittest State Festival
A two-day festival located at The Salt Palace in SLC begins Thursday, Sept 26 at 4 p.m., and features hundreds of exhibitors sharing the latest in health and fitness products, as well as info sessions on how to achieve a more active lifestyle. On Saturday, Sept. 28, this second annual premier running event includes five races: a full 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half marathon, The Crazy Legs 5K run/walk, a 25-mile non-competitive bike tour and a Kids K. Concluding the race is finish line festival "Fit Stock" at the Gallivan Center.