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Encyclopedia > St. George Marathon

The St. George Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of St. George, Utah on first Saturday in October. The first race run in November of 1977, originated and organized in just a few months by Sherm Miller, who worked for the Parks and Recreation Department of St. George City. It is currently the 13th largest marathon in the United States of America. Modern day marathon runners The word marathon refers to a long-distance road running event of 42. ... Palm Trees dot the landscape of St. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 13th 219,887 km² 435 km 565 km 3. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


The St. George Marathon can only accommodate 6700 runners. All runners, male and female, from any nation, may submit registrations to run, but only 6700 runners will be selected by random lottery to participate. Runners must be able to complete the race within six hours.

The race begins at 6:40 AM for wheelchair participants, and at 6:45 AM for runners. The race course starts in the scenic Pine Valley Mountains at an altitude of 1598 meters (5243 feet), then descends nearly 792 meters (2600 feet) through varied scenery, including the spectacular white, pink, and red sandstone and black basalt formations of Snow Canyon State Park. The race finishes in Vernon Worthen Park in St. George City at an altitude of 816 meters (2678 feet). Wheelchair seating in a theater A lightweight manual wheelchair A wheelchair is a medical device that takes the form of a chair on wheels, used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness or disability. ... Snow Canyon State Park is a State Park in Washington County, southwestern Utah, United States. ...

Temperatures in the morning at the race start usually range from 3° to 7 °Celsius (38° to 44 °Fahrenheit), while temperatures at the finish typically range from 18° to 28 °Celsius (65° to 85 °Fahrenheit).


When Sherm Miller, who worked for the St. George City Parks and Recreation Department, returned to St. George after running the Deseret News Marathon in Salt Lake City, he was inspired to host a marathon in St. George. Although others were not as enthusiastic about the idea, he was allowed to hold his marathon. He quickly organized the first St. George Marathon, held in November of 1977.

That first race began on a cold day with 57 runners and one wheelchair racer. The participants faced a strong head wind as they ran. Near mile 20, one runner was almost hit by a hay truck. Of the 58 who started the race, only 38 reached the finish line, a finish line on a course that was later discovered to be 40 yards too short.

The next year the number of participants grew to 378 just by word of mouth, drawn by the descriptions of the scenery of Southwestern Utah, including red and white sandstone formations in the Snow Canyon area just outside of St. George, even though the race at that time was not yet a sanctioned marathon.

Since then, the St. George Marathon has grown steadily and has since become a USA Track and Field Certified and Sanctioned race. USA Track and Field is the authority on track and field events within the United States. ...

In 2006, the 30th anniversary of the St. George Marathon, the race is limited to 6700 particpants with applicants selected by random lottery, except for residents of Washington County, Utah and members of the St. George Marathon's 10-year and 20-year clubs who are officially entered into the race before the lottery. Washington County is a county located in the state of Utah. ...

The first member of the 10-year club is Debbie Zockoll who ran the St. George Marathon for the 10th time in 1987. She is also the first memeber of the 20-year club, and in 2006 may become the first member of the 30-year club, as she was one of those original 58 runners and is the only person to have participated in every St. George Marathon since then (so far).

Race times are used by many participants to enter other marathons, including the Boston Marathon and New York Marathon. The 100th running of the Boston Marathon, 1996 The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Boston, Massachusetts on Patriots Day, the third Monday of April. ... The New York City Marathon is an annual marathon foot-race run through the five boroughs of New York City. ...

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. It's one of four "marathons to build a vacation around."

External links

  • Official Web site of the St. George Marathon
  • Information about The Mayor's Walk event



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