Each September, runners from all over travel to Wyoming for one of the most scenic races in North America – the Jackson Hole Marathon. This beloved event includes a full marathon, half marathon, and a relay race through the Tetons. Participants can even enjoy refreshing mountain air and stunning valley views along the way. If you’re an avid runner, this race should be on your bucket list! Here’s how you can tackle the Jackson Hole Marathon this year.
Just in time for race day, the Teton foliage offers some of its finest autumn brilliance in September. Our region’s trees blaze bright yellow and orange during this time of year, and temperatures range from chilly 30-degree mornings to warm 70-degree afternoons. Be sure to dress in layers!
Fall is also an important time for bears, deer, bull moose, and elk, who can be seen gathering food and breeding throughout the area. We recommend staying at least 25 yards away from all large animals while running.
The Jackson Hole Marathon course starts on Center Street near Jackson’s historic Town Square. After running past the National Elk Refuge, participants travel through East Jackson and past the Snow King ski hill before joining the Community Pathway system by Flat Creek. You’ll then head south on South Park Loop Road, which offers majestic views of the valley, into the quaint town of Wilson. From Wilson, the Community Pathway leads runners toward the finish line in Teton Village.
Note: The entire marathon course is run on paved roads and pathways. You’ll also find several PowerAde and water stations along the way. Be sure to view the course map before race day.
If you’d rather run the Hole Half Marathon, head to Coyote Canyon Road where you’ll blast off from the starting line and follow a steep descent for the first mile. The course then transitions onto the Full Marathon course and ends at the shared finish line at Teton Village.
Don’t want to go it alone? Gather a team of 2, 3, or 4 runners and take on the Jackson Hole Marathon Relay. This race shares the same course, start time, and finish line as the full marathon, with relay exchange points set up along the way. After each race, participants are invited to enjoy refreshments and live music at the awards ceremony.
After an incredible day, make your way back to our Jackson Hole bed and breakfast where you can rest those tired muscles! Feel free to lay down in one of our comfortable guest rooms, then join us for a hearty, delicious breakfast the next morning. We promise you’ll leave our lodge fueled up and ready for even more fun in the Tetons. We can’t wait to hear about your experience at the Jackson Hole Marathon!
For more fun things to do this fall,
read our blog about the Jackson Hole Arts Festival.