Porter’s Half is it! Porter Rockwell was one of Utah’s most unique characters, and so is this race—hence, we call it “Porter’s Half!” This race boasts stunning scenery, beautifully shaded route (mostly!), and party atmosphere – Just like Porter would want it! Porters
And if your appetite for adventure is not quite half marathon size, there are 3 other distances to choose from; 10k, 5k and 1 mile!
Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1-mile run are USA Track and Field events.Date: August 29, 2020
Porters is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event.
The Half: Different from years past, the start of Porters Half is at the top of Dimple Dell Road at 5200 feet above sea level. From there, runners will run downhill winding through neighborhoods onto a steep descent on beautiful Dimple Dell Road, finding their way down to the city of Draper. In Draper, participants will run on beautiful Porter Rockwell Trail, while looping portions of the city. Runners will then run north along historic Fort Street finishing at Draper Park at 4,528 feet. There are a few small rollers to keep you honest!
10k: The 10k course begins at Draper Park and merges onto the half marathon route on Porter Rockwell trail.
5k: The 5k run is an out and back run through Draper Park, the canal trail, and historic Fort Street.
1-mile run: The 1-mile run is a single mile point to point race beginning at the confluence of the canal trail and Fort Street.
Packet Pick-up will be available Thursday 8/27, Friday 8/28 and on Race Day morning. Locations and times will be provided on race week.
Runners must pick-up their packets in person with Picture ID. No exceptions!
Runners will ride a shuttle from Draper Park to the race start. Porta- Johns will be available at the Park and at Race Start. Shuttles will begin at 5:30 every 10 minutes or as needed. The last shuttle will leave Draper Park at 6:20.
There is No Parking at the half marathon race start, unless you want to risk being ticketed and towed. Police will be enforcing this policy at the race start. Parking is at Draper Library and Draper City Hall, just west of the race finish-line at Draper Park.
Timing chips will be provided for accurate race timing. Sensors will be placed at the race start, mile 6.55, and at the finish.
There will be water, energy drinks, gels, and toilets at all aid stations. Aid stations are placed every other mile, starting at mile 2.
Party! & Food! - Join us after the event for live music, food, and fun! Details of post race party coming soon!
Awards for top 3 finishers in each age division. All finishers additionally receive cool locally designed Run Porters medal. Half marathon and 10k participants will also receive a souvenir “Run Porters” souvenir pint glass. Questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Every participant receives a sweet Porters T-shirt, cool finisher medal, post race food, music, and more!
Every half and 10k participant will also receive a souvenir pint glass for your favorite beverage.
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The team at Skol Events are athletes from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We try to support local and wide ranging organizations in need of raising money.
A portion of your Porter’s race entry goes toward the following:
For more information regarding Challenged Athletes Foundation, visit www.challengedathletes.org
Porter’s Half Marathon is named after the Porter Rockwell Trail; a paved, scenic trail surrounding Draper City. Below is a summary of who Porter Rockwell was and how his name is a part of Utah history and lore. No matter what your opinion of Mr. Rockwell, his reputation and personal history is a significant and fun component of Utah history.
Orrin Porter Rockwell was a figure of the Wild West period of American History, a Mormon Danite, and a law man in the Utah Territory. He was nicknamed Old Port and labeled “The Destroying Angel of Mormondom”. During his lifetime he was as famous as he was controversial.
Orrin Porter Rockwell was born June 28, 1813 in Belchertown, Hampshire County, Massachusetts to Orrin and Sarah Rockwell, neighbors to the Smith family. Porter Rockwell was eight years younger than Joseph Smith. When Smith was publishing the Book of Mormon, Rockwell would work by picking berries at night and hauling wood into town in order to help pay for the publishing.
At 16 yours old, Porter Rockwell was baptized into Church of Christ in Fayette, Western New York in 1830. The date of Porter’s baptism has been associated with the day the church was organized, April 6th, more recent access to original documents suggests a date of June 9th. Porter Rockwell has been named the youngest member of the first group to be baptized into the church. He married Luana Beebe on February 2, 1832 and was endowed in the Nauvoo Temple on January 5, 1846. He served as a loyal personal bodyguard to both Joseph Smith and later Brigham Young.
Porter Rockwell had the distinction of being the subject of a direct prophecy by Joseph Smith. After spending eight months in jail on charges of attempting to assassinate former Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs who signed Executive Order known as the “Extermination Order” evicting Mormons from Missouri by violent and deadly means. Porter Rockwell traveled to Nauvoo, where he appeared unannounced at a Christmas party at Joseph Smith’s home. When his identity was confirmed, Joseph was moved to say, “I prophesy, in the name of the Lord, that you Orrin Porter Rockwell as long as you remain loyal and true to the faith, need fear no enemy. He was told do not cut your hair and no bullet or blade can harm you. He did at one time cut his hair. Upon hearing of a widow who was balding from typhoid fever, he gave up his famous long hair to make the woman a wig. The recipient of the hair was Agnes Coolbrith Smith Pickett, widow of Joseph Smith’s brother, Don Carlos.
He was also reputed to have killed many men as a gunfighter, as a religious enforcer, and Deputy United States Marshal. It is said that Porter Rockwell once told a crowd “I never killed anyone who didn’t need Killing”.
Following the death of Joseph Smith, Porter Rockwell followed Brigham Young and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to Utah. Porter Rockwell was appointed as deputy marshal of Great Salt Lake City and remained a peace officer until his death. He was known for his endurance, loyalty and relentlessness.
Porter Rockwell operated a Hot Springs Hotel and Brewery at the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley, in an area known as “Point of the Mountain.”
Porter Rockwell died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, of natural causes on June 9, 1878. He was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.His epitaph reads, “He was brave and loyal to his faith. True to the Prophet Joseph Smith, a promise that was made to him by the prophet. Through obedience it was fulfilled. At Porter Rockwell’s funeral, apostle and future church president Joseph F. Smith spoke and said “They say he was a murderer; if he was he was the friend of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and he was faithful to them, and he has gone to Heaven.”