The Snow Canyon Half Marathon was the only race so recognized in the southwest United States (Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah), and one of just a few races west of the Mississippi acknowledged. The Snow Canyon Half Marathon, 5k and Tuff Kids Race was started by Steven Bingham in 2007 and is directed by Aaron Metler, St. George Marathon 2010 Overall Champion who also works for St. George City as a Recreation Coordinator. Runner's World recognized the race for its unique beauty. The course winds through red-rock mountains of Snow Canyon State Park with views of its white peaks. Further down the race goes through black lava fields before finishing in St. George. Selections were made by Runner's World staff based on feedback from over a 1000 runners nationally, of which the Snow Canyon Half, "garnered the most comments by far" of any of race. Utah alone has at least 97 half marathons.
The City has long been a prominent producer of top quality races, most well-known for organizing the world famous and nationally recognized St. George Marathon, which has also garnered national recognition, most recently as the nation's most organized full marathon (Runner's World, Jan. 2010).
The sixth annual Snow Canyon Half Marathon, 5k and Tuff Kids Race had over 2000 runners last year and is held on the first Saturday in November. The race has grown consistently since its inception in 2007. In addition to the half, there is a 5k and Tuff Kids runs which features three youth racing distances for younger kids. "During my first visit to Snow Canyon State Park, I knew we had to organize a half marathon there, said Steven Bingham. The spectacular and breath-taking views would provide for a unique and special experience. Due to the unique beauty and the downhill slope of the canyon's main road, it was obvious that, runners would be drawn to this race".
Registration for this year’s half marathon is up significantly with participants already signed up from 24 State in addition to Canada. According to Aaron Metler “We have over the last couple of years seen an increased draw from all over the United States. We have also had participants from Mexico, Australia and Portugal.” This year with the national recognition, we have seen a big increase in participants from outside of Utah. People started calling us from all over immediately after the Runners World issue came out, making plans to attend this year’s race.” “While a lot of the races statewide are down this year, we are up 35 percent over last year; the recognition has been a big plus” according to Steve Bingham. “It has really been fun to see this race take off”.
To register or for race information: www.sgcityrec.org.
Event Date: Saturday November 2, 2013, 8:30 am, Saint George Utah
Contact Info: Aaron Metler, Recreation Coordinator, City of St. George 435-703-0975
Steve Bingham, Recreation Manager, City of St. George 435-703-1239