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!” With a distinct history in Draper, we feel it appropriate to keep this controversial legacy alive and well.
This race boasts stunning scenery, beautiful route, with majestic views of the Wasatch Mountains, and a great Halloween party atmosphere – Just like Porter would want it!
And if your appetite for adventure is not quite half marathon size, there are 3 other distances to choose from; 10k, & 5k!
Half Marathon, 10k, &5k are USA Track and Field events.NEW Date: October 23, 2021 7am
Porters is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event.
Different from years past, the start of Porters Half is at Galena Park in Draper, Utah. at approximately 4200 feet above sea level. Runners for all distances will head from Galena Park to the Jordan River trail, heading south, then turning around and heading north... All starting and finishing at Galena Park Pavillion Area & parking lot.
Locations and times for packet pickup will be provided prior to race week.
Runners must pick-up their packets in person with Picture ID. No exceptions!
Parking is across the street from the start and finish-line area at Galena Park. A short walk to the start.
Timing chips will be provided for accurate race timing. Sensors will be placed at the race start, turn around points, and finish line.
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 music, food, and fun! Details of post race party coming soon! *Because of the recent Covid pandemic, we have been asked by the health department to only provide pre-packaged food items. Cookies, chips, and drinks will be available a the finish.
Awards for top 3 finishers in each age division. All finishers additionally receive cool locally designed Porters Howloween medal. Half marathon participants will also receive a souvenir “Run Porters” souvenir pint glass. Questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special overall awards will be provided for the top 3 male and female for each race distance
Register early for best value!
Every participant receives a sweet Porters T-shirt, cool finisher medal, post race food, music, and more!
Every half marathon 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 Howloween race entry goes toward the following:
For more information regarding Challenged Athletes Foundation, visit www.challengedathletes.org
Porter’s Howloween 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.”