St. George Marathon Road Of Fame
St. George Marathon Road Of Fame

2013 Inductees

Jon Kotter
Jonathan Kotter, Provo, Utah, has been selected as an inductee into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame for 2013. Jon started his marathon career much earlier than most, completing his first St. George Marathon with an impressive time of 4:29 as a 12 year old in 1997. He was inspired to run at such a young age from a Kotter family tradition to come to St. George each year to watch his father, Scott, run the race. Jon’s parents finally allowed him to also run the race at age 12.

He kept running at Alta High School, however, at much shorter distances. Jon did not decide to run a marathon again until his high school career was over, coming back to St. George in 2003. At just 18 years old, he finished 25th overall in a time of 2:39:32. He decided to run this race before he left on a two year church mission to Italy.

Jon then attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After not making the BYU track team at first, he eventually improved enough to join the squad. Over his career running for the Cougars, he ran 14:00 for 5000 meters, and also ran 28:48 for the 10,000 meter distance. This time is the 3rd fastest in school history, an incredible accomplishment considering the roster of great BYU runners. He also was an Academic All American while completing his law degree.

After his college eligibility was exhausted, he decided to again run a marathon. After an eight year break from the marathon distance, he won the 2011 Deseret News Marathon in Salt Lake City, which set him up for high expectations as he came to St. George to run the 2011 race just two and half months later.

With unseasonably warm weather, Jon ran the first 9 miles of the 2011 St. George Marathon in the lead with his friend and training partner, Iain Hunter, who was an original inductee in the Road of Fame in 2011. Jon moved to the front and held the lead until mile 17, when he had to make a pit stop. Iain went into the lead, but Jon caught back up and they again ran together until mile 21. Jon then moved ahead again and ran to the finish as Overall Winner in a time of 2:24:43, two minutes ahead of 2nd place.

Jon came back to run 2012 St. George Marathon in shape and ready to defend his title. He immediately was in a lead pack of four and they set a blazing pace. Their time was 35:40 at mile 7 but at the half way point, it was down to two runners, Jon and Fritz Van De Kamp, as they split the first half of the race in 1:10:04. Their early pace started to wear on the two leaders as they started the 2nd half. Jon ran two minutes faster than he did in 2011 in a time of 2:22:45, but ended up in 3rd place overall.

Nineteen men have finished twice in the top three overall, and that exclusive list now includes Jon Kotter. Jon became a big fan of the race years ago when he watched his Dad run the St. George Marathon. The organization, fan support, and marathon staff as a whole are unparalleled and always exceeded his expectations. Jonathon is a well deserved inductee of the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.

Rosy Lee
Rosanna Lee, Mountain Green, Utah, has been selected as an inductee into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame for 2013. Rosy has run the marathon in St. George five times, and in four of those races, she finished in the top 6 overall. She is one of only nine runners to accomplish that feat. Rosy exhibited her talent early, as she still holds the Utah State high school record in both the 3200 meter race (10:24) and the 1600 meter race (4:51) while attending East High School.

After completing her college eligibility at Weber State, Rosy chose the 1998 St. George Marathon for her debut effort. Even though she was ill, she decided to toe the line and finished in a time of 3:05:19, finishing as the 25th woman. Rosy wanted to figure out the secret of running a marathon faster and set out to do that in 1999.

In 1999, Rosy decided to work with legendary coach Ed Eyestone and train with Alydia Barton, one of the original inductees in the Road of Fame. She trained well in the summer of 1999 and came to the starting line of the St. George Marathon with one goal in mind. To run an Olympic qualifying time and participate in the 2000 Olympic Marathon Trials held in Columbia, South Carolina. The 1999 race was very competitive but Rosy kept her mind on her goal and went through the half way mark in a time of 1:24. Her second half of the race was even quicker and she finished in 3rd place overall with a time of 2:44:51, which is still the 48th fastest time in the history of the race. This time did qualify her to run in the Trials and an added bonus, her placing also allowed her to run in the sister city marathon in Ibigawa, Japan.

After taking time off to have children, Rosy came back to run in 2009 and finished with a time of 2:50:41, good for 5th place. Rosy ran a solid race again the next year in 2010, finishing 6th overall with a time of 2:55:47. However, these two years were just a warm up for Rosy in anticipation of success in the 2011 race.

A big difference for Rosy in training for the 2011 St. George Marathon was again being coached by Ed Eyestone. His talent and knowledge was the missing link for her, and he set her up with the proper workouts that left her fit and fast when she arrived for the 2011 race. She went through the first half in 1:22, and was two minutes behind the leader. By mile 18, she could see the first place woman up ahead. Rosy described the experience as the leader “floating” back to her as she slowly caught up to her by mile 20. She ran an even split marathon passing the leader between miles 20 and 21, and ran to the finish in a winning time of 2:43:59. Her time is still the 37th fastest in history, and 12 years after going to Japan, she was very happy to go back.

Rosy loves the St. George Marathon. She has enjoyed the pain, suffering and agony that comes with a marathon, but also the triumph of a victory. The crowd support is motivating, and the staff is very organized, friendly and cooperative. Rosy is now passing along her talent and knowledge, as she is currently the head cross country and track coach at Morgan High School. Rosanna is a well deserved inductee of the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.

Amber Green
Amber Green, St. George, Utah, has been selected as an inductee into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame for 2013. For Amber, her running career started as an item on a bucket list. In 2000, Amber, a 19 year old freshman in College, decided with a friend to run the St. George Marathon. She had never run more than 3 miles at one time. Amber did cross the finish line in a time of 4:23:37, which was good for 854th woman overall. She enjoyed her experience, and assumed that would be the first and last time to run 26.2 miles. That was not a good assumption.

However, as most runners know, the love of running doesn’t stop once they cross the finish line, and that was true for Amber. She ran the marathon in St. George again in 2002, 2004 and 2006, each year lowering her time. In 2007, with increased training and ideal conditions, Amber had a breakthrough race, lowering her Personal Record to 3:04:15. This time meant that Amber won the Silver Shoe award for the fastest local female, and was the 45th overall female.

In 2009, Amber had a remarkable race, placing in the top ten, with a time of 2:52:21 for 9th place, again winning the Silver Shoe award. In 2010, Amber continued to show her remarkable talent when she ran 2:48:37 and a 3rd place overall finish. Her time was also the 124th fastest time in the history of the race. The 2010 effort proved that Amber was good enough to run with the leaders. She was in the lead pack for 9 miles with Stefanie Talley and Rosanna Lee, both also in the Road of Fame.

Amber was confident for the 2011 race, however, the race was a disaster. During the race, Amber suffered a stress fracture and dropped out at mile 15. This was a difficult experience for her, both physically and emotionally. This injury led to crutches and a walking boot that did not come off until the Spring of 2012. Amber was cautious in her recovery for the 2012 Marathon, but once she was confident she had recovered, she focused her training on high mileage and cross training. After her weekly mileage peaked at 95, Amber came to the start line of the 2012 St. George Marathon fit and ready. Through the Veyo Hill at mile 9, she ran with one other runner in the lead. She pulled ahead by mile 15 holding a slim 30 second lead. From that point, Amber increased her lead, eventually crossing the finish line as the Overall Female Winner of the 2012 race, winning by over 9 minutes. This gap between first and second place was the largest since 1982. Amber’s time of 2:43:00 was also the 27th fastest in the history of the race, and she was also the first local runner to win her hometown race.

Amber’s career started in 1999 with a finish in 854th place, and progressed to 2012 when she was crowned the champion, an amazing accomplishment. Her bucket list might have been to run a marathon, but, it ended up being also a champion. Amber loves the St. George Marathon and the support of the crowd, commenting that “her year revolves around it”. Amber is a well deserved inductee of the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.

Harold Ketting
Harold Ketting, Santa Barbara, California, has been selected as an inductee into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame for 2013. Harold was a member of the Gardena Reebok running club, based in San Pedro, California, which was a visible presence at the St. George Marathon each year during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The history of the Gardena club in St. George includes many successful results. The 1986 champion, Fernando Vasquez, was a member of the club, as was the 1989 champion, Tyrus DeMinter. Both of these club members are part of the original group of runners inducted into the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.

Harold first ran the marathon in St. George in 1989, and immediately found success. He had a top ten finish in a time of 2:28:41 which was fast enough for 8th place overall. Harold came back the next year in 1990 with not much training for long distances, but a focus on shorter but fast paced workouts. During that summer of 1990 on the track, Harold ran 4:09 for the mile and 1:55 for the half mile. At the start line of the 1990 marathon, he was fit and ready to run fast. His goal was to run a similar time as the previous year. His time for the first half of the race was 1:13 which set him up to have a personal record. At the 25 mile mark, he was in 4th place, and decided to let his track workouts take over, completing the last mile in under five minutes. He was able to pass two additional runners and finished the race in 2nd place, with the overall leader just two minutes ahead. His time of 2:23:39 was totally unexpected and thrilling to accomplish and also was the 117th fastest time in the history of the race.

Harold ended up running the marathon a total of seven times in St. George, again breaking the 2:30 barrier in 1991. He also was successful as a Masters runner in St. George, finishing in the top 5 both in 1993 and 1994. Harold has many fond memories of participating with his Gardena Reebok club members in the St. George Marathon. He especially remembers the crowd support in the last mile, when the runners need it the most. Harold is a well deserved inductee of the St. George Marathon Road of Fame.

Bob Horlacher
Bob Horlacher, St. George Utah, has been selected as an inductee for the 2013 St. George Marathon Road of Fame. Bob was an instrumental part of the early beginnings of the marathon in St. George. In 1976 when the idea of St. George hosting a marathon was presented to the community, Bob, then a teacher and coach at Dixie College, threw his support behind it 100%. In the words of the first race director, Sherm Miller, “There would not have been a marathon in 1977 without Bob (and Roma) Horlacher”. Bob devoted his time, talent and an enormous amount of effort to make that inaugural race a success.

Bob’s first step was to recruit runners to run in the race. He and his wife, Roma, were managing the St. George City pool. During the summer of 1977, he encouraged his lifeguards to run the 26.2 mile race. At least two took him up on the challenge, and one has continued to run every year since, an original Road of Fame inductee, Debbie Zockoll.

In addition to recruiting runners, Bob and Roma were in charge of the aid stations, timing, and transportation. And, to top it off, Bob also ran the race.

On the cold and windy morning of the first St. George Marathon, Bob enlisted Roma to drive him and several other runners to Central to begin the race. Bob recruited his wife and his children to man the traveling aid station set up on a couple of card tables brought from home. In a sort of leap frog movement the aid stations worked their way down the marathon route with the runners. The roads were not closed to traffic causing the runners to dodge vehicles during the race. Roma was the official timekeeper as the runners crossed the finish line. Bob and Roma's grass roots involvement was not limited to that first year, as they continued to help for many years.

Bob was always involved in sports. In the late 1970's to early 1980's he transitioned from coaching group sports, including football and baseball, to focus more on personal fitness and running. Around the same time he began to teach running classes at Dixie College. He taught, encouraged and ran with many students and St. George locals as they prepared to run a marathon. He wrote news articles for the local newspaper, the St. George Spectrum, detailing how to live a fit life.

Bob went on to run the St. George marathon several times and his personal record during the race was 3:04. In 1983, at the age of 52, Bob qualified and also ran the Boston Marathon. He took his friend Sherm Miller, founder of the St. George Marathon, with him to run the race. This was a dream come true for Bob.

Bob Horlacher's love and commitment to the St. George Marathon never wavered. In later years, he could be found at the finish line helping runners struggling to finish the race, and administering first aid. He loved people and he loved running. He took great satisfaction in seeing people achieve a difficult goal, such as running a marathon.

For the 2013 race, 31 family members will run the St. George marathon in honor of their Dad, grandfather, uncle and cousin...Bob Horlacher. Bob passed away October 19th 2012.