Day of the Dead Celebration Run

Utah’s favorite party run! This year we are celebrating Dia De Los Muertos in Salt Lake City! Come join the party at The Haunted Half this October 2020 With the option to run in the half marathon, 5K, or Kids Run, this course is great for all abilities! We hope to highlight many aspects of this special celebration as we get closer and closer to race day so that we all can truly understand Dia De Los Muertos a little more.

Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods, and join in on the celebrations! Day of the Dead is a rare holiday for celebrating death and life. It is unlike any holiday where mourning is exchanged for celebration. Come celebrate with us this October! REGISTER

Due to current health concerns, we have created a virtual option for those that still want to be involved virtually with the Day of the Dead Celebration at The Haunted Half. You can run virtually from your own home or neighborhood block. Check out our Virtual Haunted Run Option >


Date & Location
October 24, 2020

Sugarhouse Park

1330 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106


Start Time
Half: 8:30 am
5K: 9:00 am
Kid's Run: 11:30 am
Half: $89.95
5K: $34.95
Kid's Run: $9.95
Next price increase: 2 days
Pricing Schedule

2020 SWAG

Race Shirt

Finishers Medal

Race Bag

Placement Medal


A friendly reminder that online registration closes on Friday, October 24th at 5 p.m.

Sign up online or at the Expo. There is NO day of registration for the Half Marathon, or 5K. There is day of registration for the Kid’s Run.

Sign up online or visit the Blue Runtastic Info tent from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to register a child (ages 1-12) for the Kid’s Race (space permitting).

Facebook Discount

During registration make sure to use the Facebook share option for $3 off registration.

Friends & Family Discount

You will receive an automatic 15% off when you register 4 or more people at the same time.


Expo & Packet Pick Up

Where: TBD

When: Friday, October 23rd 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Please pick up your packet, bib number, shirt, and race swag at the expo/packet pickup the day before the race. You must have a photo ID to pick up your packet. You may pick up someone else’s packet if you have a copy of their photo ID.
Packets will NOT be available to pick up the morning of the race. If you are for some reason unable to pick up your packet from the expo please send us an email at .

No day- of registrations for the half marathon or 5k. There is only day of registration for the Kids Run.


We haven’t published this years runner’s guide yet.


Parking: Highland High School, 2166 S 1700 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84106 and Sugarhouse Park.

Airport: The Salt Lake International Airport is about 12 miles (approx. 17 minutes) from Sugarhouse Park.

Bus Loading: Highland High School from 6:00 a.m to 7:00 a.m. You must be to bus loading by 6:45 a.m. to guarantee transportation to the start.  If you miss the bus you forfeit your registration and ability to run the race.  We want you to enjoy the race so please be prompt. We offer plenty of free parking at Sugar House Park and Highland High School for the shuttle.

All runners must ride the buses to the starting area. Your bib is required to get on a bus. Buses depart Wilmington Ave from 6:00 a.m to 7:00 a.m. We know it’s early! Please make every effort to arrive early with time to spare so that the race can start on time.

Getting to the start early will allow you to revel in the spooky canyon atmosphere, access toilets first, and participate in the costume contest. GET THERE EARLY!


The are seven aid stations throughout the course:

• Start (7:00-8:30)
• Aid Station 1 @ mile 3
• Aid Station 2 @ mile 5
• Aid Station 3 @ mile 7
• Aid Station 4 @ mile 9
• Aid Station 5 @ mile 11
• Finish


Water, Powerade, vaseline, porta-potties and a first aid kit will be available at each station. Look for Powerade on the first table and water on the second. GU will be available at the start and mile 7. Orange slices will be available at mile 9.


A bag drop is provided at the start. Please use the bag you receive at packet pickup to put any items in that you have at the start and won’t be running with. Using the zip tie provided in your bag, attach the tear off tag on your bib to the bag. Bags will be transported down to the finish line, 15 minutes before the start of the half marathon. You can retrieve it after you finish.


The Start of the Half Marathon is at the summit of Little Mountain up Emigration Canyon. The start of the 5K is in Sugar House Park on the North end between the two entrances. While you wait for the race to start you can enjoy:

  • Music
  • Drop Bag Trailer
  • Porta Potties
  • Water
  • GU
  • Costume Contest*
  • Pumpkin Starting Arch*
  • Fire Pits*
  • Headless Horseman Start*
  • Space Blankets*
  • Hot Chocolate*

*Only Available at the Half Marathon Start

Race Amenities


Flo-Foto is by far one of the best in the event photography industry! Look for photographers at the start line, along the course, finish line, photo backdrops in the runner’s corral, and awards stage. We are providing your social media pictures for free.

  • Social Media size photo download: FREE
  • High Resolution photo download: $1.99


A complimentary post-race sports massage and chiropractic analysis will be available from 9:00 a.m. on a first come first serve basis in the finish area. Massages are provided by licensed massage therapists.


Haunted Half Marathon, and 5K race will be professionally timed. The chips will be attached to the back of your bib number. Please don’t wrinkle or stuff the bib in your pocket.

The first 3 places, male and female, will be determined by gun time (regular timing). All other awards will be determined by using Chip Time.

  • Gun Time is the time elapsed from the sound of the gun to the finish line.
  • Chip Time is the real time from when the runner crosses the starting line to crossing the finish line.


Results are available in the following ways:

  • On Screen at the Results Trailer
  • Personal Printed Result at the Results Trailer
  • Online at Results

Note: If you alter or damage your chip your time may not be read correctly. Wear your bib on the outermost layer of clothing.

Spectator Area

To watch your masters and colleagues without interference but still close enough to feel their power join us at:

  • Hogle Zoo, Mile 7.8 @ 2600 Sunnyside Ave S
  • LDS Church, Mile 9 @ Sunnyside & Le Grande St.
  • Harmons Emigration Market, Mile 9.9 @ 1706 1300 S
  • Wasatch Hollow Park, Mile 11 @ 1631 E 1700 S
  • Garfield School, Mile 11.5@ 1838 S 1500 E
  • Sugarhouse Park, Mile 12-13@ 1330 2100 S


These viewing areas allow you to drive and park without interfering with the runners or course. Please park in parking lots. Do not park along the runner’s path (course).

Celebration Area

The finish line is at Sugar House Park.

Address: Sugar House Park, 1330 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Can you handle the Fear Factory Finish? After finishing you are welcomed into the runners corral where you will receive water, food and more! Food is only available for the Haunted Half participants. When you join us at our fun finish line enjoy:

  • 5K Costume Contest
  • Food
  • Water & Powerade
  • Music
  • Awards
  • Sponsor Swag
  • Flo-Foto Photography
  • Porta Potties
  • Bag Drop
  • Awesome Finisher Medals
  • Face in Hole Cartoon Signs
  • Donuts on a String



The top three finishers, male and female of the Half Marathon and 5K will receive a free entry into the 2021 Haunted Half race in their respective categories as well as the following prizes: TBD


Age group Medals will be given to the top three, male and female, of the Half Marathon and 5K.

Award Ceremonies

5k Overall: 9:45 a.m.
5k Age Group: 10:00 a.m.
Half Marathon Overall: 10:15 a.m.
Half Marathon Age Group: 10:30 a.m.

Price Available Until Half5KKid's Run
January, 1 $59.95$22.95$9.95
April, 1 $74.95$25.95$9.95
July, 1 $79.95$29.95$9.95
September, 1 $84.95$32.95$9.95
October, 1 $89.95$34.95$9.95
October, 22 $94.95$36.95$12.95
October, 23 $99.95$39.95$12.95
Expo Pricing
October, 23 $99.95$39.95$12.95