The 32nd Annual St. George Marathon is just a little over a week away! On October 3rd, 2009, approximately 7,200 participants will be at the starting line at 6:45 a.m. (wheelchairs at 6:40) with eager energy and dreams of winning or placing, or for some, just crossing over the finish line.
The first St. George Marathon was held in November 1977 by a man named Sherm Miller who worked for the Parks & Recreation Department of St. George City. A marathon runner himself who participated in the Deseret News Marathon in Salt Lake City came up with the idea of hosting a marathon in St. George. The starting line is in Central, Utah and the finish line is at Vernon Worthen Park in St. George.
He had 58 participants that year and 38 finished (57 runners and one wheelchair racer) 38 people finished the Marathon. The next year brought 378 people stood at the starting line of the St. George Marathon. The cap on the St. George Marathon is 7,200 and last year was a record year for applicants. Over 10,000 people applied to participate in the race. The race is now ranked the 15th largest Marathon in the nation, hosted by one of the smallest marathon cities of 100,000 population.
The Marathon course is 26.2 miles of amazing red cliff buttes and white rock formations with high desert scenery and natural landscape. And a lot of the race leads down hill!
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I'll be there to cheer each and every one of you as you pass and see you at the FINISH LINE!