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WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY     (Washington County, Utah)

ST. GEORGE MARATHON

St. George, Utah

The St. George Marathon is a USA Track and Field Certified and Sanctioned race held the first Saturday in October each year. The marathon begins in Central UT and ends at Vernon Worthen Park in St. George. Many runners are drawn to this race as a result of the area's stunning natural beauty, while others compete in the event to qualify for other races such as the Boston Marathon or New York Marathon. Runner's World magazine has included the St. George Marathon in the Runner's World 10 Most Scenic Marathons, Fastest Marathons, and the Top 20 Marathons in the USA; calling it one of four "marathons to build a vacation around."


LOCATION

Starts in Central, Utah.
Goes down SR-18 to St. George.
Then southeast on Diagonal Street to 300 West.
Down 300 West to Tablernacle.
East on Tabernacle to Main St.
South on Main St. to 300 South.
East on 300 South to Vernon Worthen Park.

For detailed course maps, see http://www.stgeorgemarathon.com/race/courseinfo.php.


HISTORY

November, 1977
The first St. George Marathon was started by Sherm Miller of the St. George City Parks and Recreation Department
57 runners (38 finished)

1978
378 runners

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

October 5, 2002
4228 runners (2507 male and 1721 female)

October 4, 2003
4437 runners (2643 male and 1794 female)

October 2, 2004
4584 runners (2720 male and 1864 female)

October 1, 2005
4612 runners (2664 male and 1948 female)

October 7, 2006
6,700 runners were selected by lottery
4762 runners (2731 male and 2031 female)

October 6, 2007
5152 finishers (2928 male and 2224 female)

October 4, 2008

October 3, 2009
7,200 runners were selected by lottery from 10,510 applicants
Brought approximately 20,000 people to Washington County spending about $2.5 million
The Race Operation Manager was Kami Ellsworth

October 2, 2010

October 1, 2011

October 6, 2012
7,400 runners were selected by lottery.
Fritz Van De Kamp won the race with a time of 2:21.14.
Amber Green, the first St. George resident to win the women's event, won with a time of 2:43.00.

October 5, 2013


PHOTOS

TBD


REFERENCES

St. George Marathon Home Page
Wikipedia article about the St. George Marathon