Pah Tempe Hot Springs has been fighting a legal battle with the Washington County Water Conservancy District for some time now and the judge recently ordered them to shut their doors to all commercial activity. This is heartbreaking news, as the hot springs are sacred and special to so many. We will no longer be able to have our post race soak at the hot springs.
“Plan B” has been set into action. We will now be heading over to the new Brew Pub at the main entrance to Zion National Park (next to Cable Mountain Lodge). Runners will receive a complimentary brat, burger, grilled chicken, or veggie burger. You can enjoy the only draft beer in southern Utah (from Zion Canyon Brewing Co.) on the patio overlooking the Virgin river while listening to the live music of Erik the Red. (Shameless plug- Erik the Red regularly opens for the Mother Hips and will be playing Hipnick next month. Sean is my partner in Eco Commode, and is the one that built this cool trailer out of recycled materials that will be at the start and finish line.)
I’m so excited to announce that JB and Jen Benna will be sharing their epic ultrarunning film “Unbreakable” at the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre as part of our new post race line up! The Bennas will host a Q&A session at 3:00pm on Saturday, followed by the film. Zion 100 runners will be admitted free of charge! $10 cover for the public. The size, sound, and picture quality in this theatre are absolutely amazing, so you’ll want to be there even if you’ve seen the movie 8 times already. And guess how far it is from the theatre to the Brew Pub? About 100 steps across the parking lot…
One more option available to Zion 100 runners as part of the post race festivities is to float the Virgin river in a tube. Next door to the Brew Pub is Zion Outfitter, which rents inner tubes to float the river right from their back door. It’s a mellow float with amazing views of the canyon walls on both sides and would be a great way to ice your feet. The float takes about 30-45 min depending on water levels and you just leave your tube at the designated location and catch the free shuttle back to the Brew Pub. Any Zion 100 runner brave enough to do this will have their tube rental fee waved upon showing their race bib.
So even if you are beat to a pulp, get out there and live up to that “Billy and Jen” ultrarunner party image after the race!