To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the event once known as “The Sweatshirt Race,” all registered participants will receive sweatshirts.
“The St. George Half Marathon is unique in Utah because it is a course that is not primarily downhill,” said Aaron Metler, Recreation Coordinator-Races and Special Events, St. George Recreation Division. “One of the fun things about the event is that we also hold a 5K and a kids race, which really makes it a family affair.”
These races attract runners from all round the region, with approximately 80 percent of the participants from outside the St. George area. This large group of visitors – who pay for lodging at area hotels, spend money on meals at local restaurants and shop at area retail stores – are expected to pump an estimated $1 million to $1.5 million into the region.
“The St. George Half Marathon really serves to jump-start our local economy at the beginning of every year,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of the St. George Area Sports Commission. “Participating in this race gives folks from out of town a break from their area’s frigid winter climes, and the beautiful views of St. George from the race course are always a plus.”
The half marathon begins at 9 a.m. in front of the Dixie Convention Center, a spot that will also serve as the finish line. Notable road closures include: Convention Center Drive from Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum to Crosby Trailhead from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as Convention Center Drive from 1670 South to Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., 1670 South to Dixie Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Riverside Drive from Dixie Drive to River Road from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The 5K race starts at 9:15 a.m. and the kids races – which include 1-mile, ½-mile and 200-meter distances – commence at 11 a.m. All finishers will receive medals, and awards will be 3 deep in each 5-year age category for men and women.
“Our mild winters make this popular event continue to grow,” Metler said. “Visitors are quick to remark that this race serves as a much-needed reprieve from the daily snow shoveling they endure at home.”
The race is run on paved city trails that wind along the Virgin River, and giving participants a glimpse of the spectacular landscape of St. George. Information about the St. George Half Marathon can be found at www.sgcity.org/sportsandrecreation/races/stgeorgehalfmarathon. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 11.
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