KTX HALF

KTX RACES

The KTX HALF is a 15-mile trail race located in majestic Kanab, Utah. The race begins a few miles east of town at the Mansard Trailhead. After a scenic climb up the beautiful red cliffs, the Mansard Trail connects to the Hog Canyon OHV trail system where runners will get a taste of the colorful landscapes that Kanab offers as they enjoy remote backcountry trails.  The Hog Canyon OHV trail system will then connect runners to the Squaw Trail that provides stunning views of Kanab as they descend into town. The race will then finish at the Jacob Hamblin park located at the base of the Squaw Trail.

The cutoff time for the race will be at 3 pm (7 hours). Racers will need to cover a minimum of 2.15 miles per hour. There are some flatter sections where you can hike/walk/jog at a slightly faster pace to make up time if needed.

Transportation

Runners will be transported from Jacob Hamblin park to the Mansard Trailhead where the race begins. Shuttles will start transporting runners to the start line at 7 am (time may be adjusted based on number of participants). Runners can also be dropped off at the starting line but will not be able to park as parking is very limited at the trailhead. The race will begin promptly at 8 am so please plan accordingly.

Checkpoints

The KTX Half will have two checkpoints along the route. Checkpoint one will be at approximately mile 4 and checkpoint two will be at approximately mile 10. Each checkpoint will be supplied with a first aid kit and a nice spread of food and drink where runners can refill and refuel for the next leg of the race. We will also have water and bananas at the start line for any last-minute race preparation.

Leave No Trace

The KTX HALF will take place on BLM land and we want to do our part to ensure that this area is maintained and well kept. There will be trashcans at the start and finish lines as well as each checkpoint. Please hold onto trash and dispose of it at checkpoints or the start/finish line. The only bathrooms on the course will be at the start (porta potty) and finish (park bathrooms) lines so please handle your “business” in the appropriate manner while on the course.

Accommodations

Kanab Suites will provide a 15% discount to KTX participants. Book direct via phone (801-671-6196) or on their website (kanabsuites.com) to secure the discount. If booking online, mention you are a KTX participant in the comments and the discount will be applied after booking. 

Packet Pickup

Participant packets will be available for pickup Friday, April 22 from 6-8pm at 30 Main (30 N. Main Street Kanab, UT). Packets will include custom runners bib, a sweet KTX T-shirt, and promotions for local businesses. If you are unable to pick up your packet Friday night, you may pick it up Saturday morning at 7 am at Jacob Hamblin Park before being transported to the starting line. Finisher medals will be awarded to each racer upon crossing the finish line!

Course Description

The KTX HALF provides a variety of terrains, from hard packed red clay to slick sandstone. There are some sections that will have deep sand. Gaiters are highly recommended, but we promise, once you get that red dirt in your shoes, you will always want to come back! There is over 4000+/- feet of elevation gain and loss on the KTX HALF course. Most of the elevation gain comes in the first 4 miles of the course as racers climb up Mansard Trail and come to the first checkpoint. The elevation profile below provides an accurate description of the elevation change over the entire course.

Course Map

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