Come For the Run, Stay For the Fun

by ngraf

Stay on pace and don’t miss a race with this list of upcoming runs and marathons in northern Utah — and while you’re here, stay awhile. Whether you’re seeking entertainment, adventure or family fun, Discover Davis is the place for amusement the whole family will enjoy. So come for the run, stay for the fun, and make a weekend of discovering Davis.

Runners at Parrish Creek Trail, Centerville, Utah
Photo by Jay Dash Photography


2021 5K Recycle Run

Presented by South Davis Races, this 5k Recycle Fun Run will be done in reverse order of a standard 5K run. Advance registration is available online, or participants can register onsite the day of the race. Click here for more information

When: April 24, 2021

Where: South Davis Recreation Center, Bountiful

Legacy Duathlon

Presented by On Hill Events at LifeLine for Youth, this is a great race to kick off the multi-sport race season with a run-bike-run on the Legacy Parkway Trail System. Similar to a triathlon without the swim. Learn more

When: April 24, 2021 

Where: Center Street Trailhead, North Salt Lake 

Stay for the fun: Lagoon is open weekends in April, so get ready for some thrills on famous rides like Cannibal, Wicked and Colossus; take a whirl on the Tipsy Tea Cups or Bombora; or soar over the park on Sky Ride. Littles will love KiddieLand. Fuel up at Lagoon’s Biergarten, then cozy up for the weekend at Country Inn and Suites in Bountiful. Get the latest hotel deals on our website


2021 Splash-N-Sprint Triathlon

Swim, bike and run at the 2021 Splash-n-Sprint Triathlon presented by South Davis Races. Options for all levels of runners include novice, sprint and relay distances. Learn more. 

When: May 8, 2021

Where: South Davis Recreation Center, Bountiful

Stay for the fun: Make a weekend of it and book a room at the Hampton Inn Farmington or Hyatt Place in Station Park and find everything you need right at your fingertips. Shop and dine at Station Park’s 100+ shops and eateries, catch a movie at Station Park Cinemark or take in a show at nearby CenterPoint Legacy Theatre.

May the Fourth Race Half Marathon – Virtual

This fun Star Wars-themed race is typically held in person, beginning at the Legacy Events “Space” Center and raced along the Legacy Parkway Trail System. This year, enjoy a virtual race along the dark side. This half marathon can be run any time within a set period, and you can keep your time to see how you stack up against others. Virtual races are designed to be run in small groups with friends and family, so sign up and enjoy the fun. Presented by On Hill Events, you’ll even get a t-shirt and a medal! Learn more

When: May 1 – May 30, 2021 

Where: Virtual


Antelope Island Moonlight Bike Ride

Cyclists at Moonlight Bike Ride Event

This one’s not a run, but if you love physical challenges, you’ll want to keep this annual race on your radar. Ride across the majestic Antelope Island State Park at night by glow of the bright summer full moon. Presented by Discover Davis. Learn more

When: June 25, 2021

Where: Antelope Island State Park

Stay for the fun: After riding through the night, grab a delicious breakfast at Scrambled, then head over to Rush Fun Center, Utah’s largest indoor amusement center. Hit the greens at one of 10 golf courses in Discover Davis. Check out hotel deals at Hilton Garden Inn or other Layton area hotels.  


Handcart Days Races 2021

Handcart Days Races
Photo: South Davis Race Series website

Handcart Days Races 2021 includes a half marathon, family 5K and Pioneer Pete 1K. The half marathon course is not your typical “downhill canyon” Utah course — it’s mostly flat with a few slight inclines — but that’s what makes it great! Begin at the Legacy Trail for about 5 miles of the half and then head back through the beautiful city streets of Farmington, Centerville and Bountiful. The race starts at 6:00am so you can beat the July heat. The 5K and 1K courses are all right turns and fairly flat, to keep them family friendly. Presented by South Davis Races. 

When: July 24, 2021

Website: South Davis Recreation Center, Bountiful

Stay for the fun: Beat the heat at Cherry Hill, then celebrate your victory at Bountiful City’s Handcart Days firework show July 24, 2021. Rest up at one of 22 nationally branded and boutique hotels in Davis. 

Alien Midnight Run

Alien midnight run with glowsticks
Photo: Alien Midnight Run/Facebook

Run at night to avoid alien abduction. This race gives racers glow sticks and finishes with a laser-filled room. The race is alien themed with fun decorations from another world. Presented by On Hill Events at Legacy Events Center, get race details here.

When: July 30, 2021

Where: Legacy Events Center, Farmington

Stay for the fun: Cool off after your run at Lagoon-A-Beach, the ultimate aquatic playground in Discover Davis. Wind down the evening browsing the shops and eateries along Bountiful’s historic Main Street. Click here for the 2021 Shop, Dine and Stay deal at Hampton Inn. 


Labor Day Triathlon 2021

Presented by South Davis Races, this race features sprint, relay and novice events. Learn more

When: September 6, 2021

Where: South Davis Recreation Center, Bountiful

Intermountain Healthcare Brineman Triathlon

Photo: TriUtah/Facebook

This event not only boasts a spectator-friendly swim, a bike course you’ve only dreamt of and a fast/ flat run, but this year it’s also the home of the first ever Olympic Course Utah State Triathlon Championship. The Sprint course is incredible, but if you want to see something really special, start training now and step up to the Olympic or Long Course for scenery that will blow your mind. Presented by TriUtah. Learn more

When: September 11, 2021

Where: Jensen Nature Park, Syracuse

Stay for the fun: Spend a leisurely morning kayaking on the Great Salt Lake or take an Antelope eBike tour for a powered boost that will give your legs a bit of a rest. Book a VIP excursion at SeaQuest, Utah’s only interactive aquarium, where the family can snorkel with stingrays, feed and hold a kinkajou, or soothe those tired tootsies with a fish pedicure! 


Antelope Island Marathon

buffalo run

The Antelope Island Marathon has four distances: Full, half, 10K and 5K. All the distances are on Antelope Island, which is home to 600 bison and is the largest island on the Great Salt Lake. This course, presented by On Hill Events, is a true marathon in that it is not all downhill like many. There are several rollers for the runners. Enjoy views of the Great Salt Lake to the east and Antelope Island mountain on the west, as you race your course. Learn more

When: October 9, 2021

Where: Antelope Island State Park

DC Peaks Ultra 50

DC Peaks ultra runner
Photo: DC Peaks Ultra website

Enjoy some of the best trails and scenery Davis has to offer. The DC Peaks 50 is a point-to-point ultra marathon that will have you breathing heavy through a big smile. The race begins at East Mountain Wilderness Park in Kaysville and takes you on an adventure of trails, service roads and 2.5 miles of paved road. You’ll hit a sweet climb on the Great Western Trail, go through some of the most popular hiking trails in Mueller Park, and end at Tunnel Springs Park in North Salt Lake. It’s a tough course with 12,000 feet of vertical gain but we guarantee it beats lying on the couch! This race was designed by ultra runners, so you know it’s a good one! Learn more

When: October 9, 2021

Where: East Mountain Wilderness Park, Kaysville

Stay for the fun: From fall festivals and hay mazes to spooky skeletons and theatre performances, there are plenty of ways to celebrate fall in Davis. Visit Lagoon’s famous Frightmares, Scary Hill at Cherry Hill, or check out the annual fall festivals at Black Island Farms and Cross E Ranch. Fuel up for the race with comforting breakfast classics like Granny Annie’s famous scones, and then celebrate your victory at locally-owned gems like Hug-Hes Cafe and Weller’s Bistro.


South Davis Thanksgiving Day Races

Two girls in turkey hats South Davis Thanksgiving Race
Photo: South Davis Races

Gobble, gobble! Work that turkey dinner off ahead of time and bring the whole family down for one of Discover Davis’ most loved Thanksgiving Day traditions. The Thanksgiving 10K, 5K and 1K is a great community event and there’s a race distance for everyone. Presented by South Davis Races.

When: 2021 date to be announced

Where: South Davis Recreational Center, Bountiful

Annual Runs (You May Have Missed)

Keep these runs and events on your radar for next year!

St Paddy’s Day Run – March 2021

Davis County St. Patty Day Run

Presented by TNT Running at Ellison Park in Layton. Offers 5k, 10k, and kids 1 mile. Enjoy a great day of fitness and fun. 

Race details are always subject to change, so please check with individual race organizers.

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