The St. George Marathon "Official Charity Program" is designed to assist participating charities to achieve financial support from event participants throughout the Marathon weekend. We encourage all marathon participants to aid in these efforts.
Due to the high volume of Charity Applicants and the limited amount of "Official Marathon Charity" entries The St George Marathon staff has developed a more flexible charitable program to meet the unique needs of each charity chosen by the Event as an Official Marathon Charity. Since 2010 we have been offering a 2-tiered Charity structure to accommodate more charity applicants.
Tier One - Charity Benefit Level :
These following Charities have been selected to receive GUARANTEED marathon entries to assist in their fund raising efforts. Marathon runners who were not selected through the lottery can donate funds to one of the charities below and be eligible to receive a guaranteed entry in to the 2014 St George Marathon (you will still need to pay the $90 registration fee).
The St. George Marathon "Official Charity Program" is designed to assist participating charities to achieve financial support from event participants throughout the Marathon weekend. We encourage all marathon participants to aid in these efforts.
Due to the high volume of Charity Applicants and the limited amount of "Official Marathon Charity" entries The St George Marathon staff has developed a more flexible charitable program to meet the unique needs of each charity chosen by the Event as an Official Marathon Charity. As of 2010 we will be offering a 2-tiered Charity structure to accommodate more charity applicants.
2014 OFFICIAL CHARITIES
Tier One - Charity Benefit Level :
These following Charities have been selected to receive GUARANTEED marathon entries to assist in their fund raising efforts. Marathon runners who were not selected through the lottery can donate funds to one of the charities below and be eligible to receive a guaranteed entry in to the 2013 St George Marathon (you will still need to pay the $85.00 registration fee). Please contact your charity of choice directly for donation fees and further details.
Dixie Care & Share
Dixie Care & Share is the homeless shelter and food bank in Washington County. A part-time satelite food bank in Hurricane is maintained for the eastern part of the county, but there is no shelter at that location. For 30 years DCS has served our less fortunate neighbors by gathering community resources and sharing with those in need. DCS provides shelter, food, clothing and life skills education in times of personal crisis; we also facilitate access to employment and social services.
The Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation exists to save lives and end the repeated, intergenerational trauma of domestic violence by providing homeless survivors the time, housing and empowerment support to strengthen resiliency, enhance safety, increase education, boost incomes and create healthy, loving, non-violent families. Peace on earth begins at H.O.M.E. Since opening our doors in 2002, the Foundation has provided over 150,000 nights of safe shelter in apartment settings for families fleeing violence in southwestern Utah.
The Simply Because Foundation is dedicated to making a positive difference by providing relief to families that face the daily challenges of childhood illness and disease, who would simply never ask.
The Simply Because Foundation has been established to assist families that face the challenges of childhood illness and disease. It is our mission to find families that are of the moderate to low social economic status who are currently strained financially, physically or emotionally and provide relief to them.
Assistance League of Southern Utah is dedicated to enriching the lives of Washington County children in need. Our signature program is Operation School Bell® which provides new clothing to financially disadvantaged children. They can then attend school with pride and confidence in themselves.
Our first year as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, we clothed 240 children; this past year that number grew to 500. We are looking to expand our program to include more children, and to serve additional needs they have.
Assistance League works with local school district administrators to ensure we reach those children with the greatest need. With your help we can do more, and help these children stay in school so they can build a future for themselves.
The Southwest Utah Public Health Foundation has been established to elevate the overall health and well being of everyone in the five county region served by the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. The focus of the Foundation is to support programs that promote health and disease prevention among adults and children.
Southwest Utah Public Health Foundation
620 South 400 East, Suite 400
St George. UT 84770
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
Southern Utah matches children in our program with a professionally supported caring adult mentor who spends quality one on one time to help build self esteem, teach life skills, and build fun memories. Little Moments, Big Magic!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Utah
The below charities DO NOT have entries into the St George Marathon
The St George Marathon recognizes the outstanding efforts of the following charities and encourages all marathon participants to run for a cause, get involved and help raise money for charity, collecting pledges and donations from your family, friends and coworkers. Please contact your charity of choice for further details.
Lynn Lybbert Childrens Fund
The Lynne Lybbert Childrens Fund (LLCF) works to restore and preserve the wonders of childhood. The LLCF pursues its mission through grants and volunteer service that support charities that share this commitment to children. As a member of the Ten-Year Club, Lynne Lybbert loved the St. George Marathon, and were proud to be an official charity of this great race.
Christmas Box International
The Christmas Box International is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of abused and neglected children who have been removed from their family environments. We believe in partnering with local, national and international organizations in providing services to children and families. For more information about The Christmas Box International.
The Marion Walker Golf Tournament for Hydrocephalus Research, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established in 2009 by Dr. Marion L. Walker, neurosurgeon at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our goal is to generate critical funding for the world-class medical research being conducted at PCMC, researching the causes and potential improvement for the treatment of hydrocephalus. We also desire to increase public awareness for this debilitating and potentially life-threatening condition that affects millions of children every year.
Through the solicitation of volunteers, sponsors, and event participants, we conduct an annual charity golf tournament and auction, held at The Salt Lake Country Club. Our typical participant is very active in the philanthropic community and tends to lead an active lifestyle, contributing to our ability to attract our city's sports lovers.
Jennifer L. Dailey, Event Coordinator
The Walker Tournament
100 N. Mario Capecchi Dr., Suite 1475
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read Utah is dedicated to making literacy promotion a standard part of pediatric primary care, so that children grow up with books and a love of reading. Our 20-year old, evidence-based program builds on the pediatric well-child checkup system and the unique doctor-parent relationship. Through the program, participating doctors (1) provide free books to underprivileged children ages 6 months through 5 years, (2) educate parents about the benefits of reading with their children, and (3) encourage parents to read with their children daily. Through Reach Out and Read Utah, doctors give away over 81,000 books to more than 46,000 Utah children annually.
Website: Reach Out and Read
The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE),
A 501 c (3) nonprofit, has been a statewide leader in promoting high quality environmental education in Utah since 1981. USEE aims to encourage environmental literacy by teaching Utahans how to think, not what to think about the environment. To achieve this goal, USEE serves as an umbrella organization and information resource for environmental educators, K-12 teachers, higher education and the Utah community at large. These efforts will help ensure economic, social and environmental sustainability for Utah. To support USEE or for more information browse www.usee.org, check out the daily blog greenforkutah.blogspot.com
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to developing cures for spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. With Team Reeve, our athletic fundraising program, we are inspired by the words of Christopher Reeve, "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable." Be a member of Team Reeve and help us keep the hopes and dreams of Chris, Dana and the millions of people worldwide living with paralysis shining bright! If you are interested in joining Team Reeve, please email TeamReeve@ChristopherReeve.org or call us at 1-800-225-0292 and ask for the Team Reeve Manager.
a program designed to help you reach your endurance goals while raising much-needed funds for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Hometown Heroes program provides participants with a fundraising web page, personal coaching and a performance team jersey. Be a hero for cancer research. We are the Huntsman Hometown Heroes. We are a reason to hope.
The American Association of University Woman (AAUW)
The American Association of University Woman (AAUW), St George Branch is dedicated to education and equality for women and girls. Our Ways and Means committee's 501C3 is currently supporting the eSMART (exploring Science, Math and Related Tech) summer camps for girls, a joint project with Dixie State College. Our objective is to encourage girls to pursue STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) curriculums through high schools, college and then STEM careers. The camp provides educational and fun workshops in the STEM subjects taught by women with STEM careers. College STEM students, acting as counselors and mentors, are assigned to teams of girls. We started in 2010, with one 2-day (one night in college dorms) camp for 40 girls. We doubled in 2011. Plans for 2012 will increase each of the two camps to 3 days with 2 nights in the dorms.
There are 500 million children around the world who have never had a toy; those children most likely never will have a toy. Tiny Tim's Foundation for Kids believes that those 500 million children deserve a reason to smile. That is why Tiny Tim's Foundation for Kids builds and delivers 36,000 toys every year to needy children around the globe. These toys have been delivered to many countries including; Iraq, Afghanistan, Ghana, Thailand, Korea, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and needy children inside the United States. They are also sent to hospitals where patients can play with and keep them; including Primary Children's and Shriner's hospitals. Wherever they have been sent, the same story returns. They bring smiles to the children's faces and cultural, linguistic, and social barriers fade away.
American Cancer Society
The DetermiNation program is the American Cancer Society's nation of athletes determined to end cancer. This powerful and inspiring movement saves lives by enabling athletes to dedicate their training and participation in marathons, triathlons, cycling races, and other endurance events to a lifesaving effort to fight a disease that has already taken too many lives. Over the years, thousands of athletes have had an experience of a lifetime while raising millions for the fight against all types of cancer. With every step taken and every mile conquered, these determined athletes are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Go here to register and begin raising money to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!
Community Relationship Manager
American Cancer Society, Great West Division
941 East 3300 South
SLC, UT 84106
2014 - 2015 Registration will open Monday, OCTOBER 6th!
The St. George Marathon is excited to offer (non-Washington County residents) marathon runners one more way to get into the race without going through the lottery. The Runner Series enables runners to run 2 of 8 designated races in Washington County from October 2013 - May 2014.
Completing the Series requirements entitles runners to a guaranteed entrance into the event.(Runners still pay Marathon registration fee). However runners must register for the marathon by the registration deadline or their Runner Series status will be canceled.
REGISTRATION Registration fee is only $15 and limited to the first 900 runners. Runners will have to pay the individual race registration fees.
Runner Series Participants must pay the $15 registration fee
First 900 Runners will be entered into the Series
Runners must run 2 out of 8 races
Races must be runs, distance of 5K or longer in exception of the triathlons. Some events have accompanying walks that do not count towards the Runner Series.
Runners may NOT sell, give or otherwise transfer their spot in the Runner Series to anyone else.
RUNNER SERIES REWARDS
Guaranteed entrance into the 2014 marathon (Note: Runner still pays registration fee)
All qualifiers will receive special Runner Series T-Shirt, available for pick up at the St. George Marathon Expo.
2014 - 2015 Registration will open Monday, OCTOBER 6th!
Each year the St George Marathon evaluates the cap set on our event to allow a greater number of participants. But still each year, after our lottery, we are forced, due to accommodation, to turn away thousands of applicants from our very own state as well as from across the globe. Our staff is always trying to come up with new programs or incentives to give those applicants extra chances to run in our event. To celebrate our 30th year of running, in 2006, we developed STG on the Run (formally known as 30/30) and we gave away 30 guaranteed entrances into the St George Marathon. These entrances were given to 30 races being held within the state of Utah during the months prior to our event.
Purpose: The purpose of STG on the Run is to develop a partnership, if you will, with 30 separate races in Utah each year. The hope is to attract media attention to these other events, boost their participation, expand the success of the St. George Marathon through out the state, and allow St George Marathon applicants one more shot to avoid the lottery system.
How it works: The St George Marathon opens this program to the first 30 races that apply and meet the program qualifications (listed above). Then each race director is given one guaranteed spot into the marathon (runner still pays registration fee). It is up to the race director how this spot is awarded. Many give them to the first place winner, best effort, some hold a drawing of sorts, and others come up with creative ways to enhance their event. Each race director is asked to publicize there event announcing the St George Marathon entrance giveaway. After their event they are asked to submit the name of the winner, a brief bio and race history, and a picture to local papers as well as to the marathon for future promotion. Each winner receives a certificate from the marathon to serve as their registration guaranteed entrance.
Program qualifications: The event must be a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. The deadline to apply is March 30th. The event must take place on or before August 1st All registration forms and entry fees must be received by the St George Marathon by August 31st (NO exceptions)
In its eighth year, STG on the Run, has already included 152 different races, nearly 86 race directors and 260 entry winners. It has partnered with 40 different cities in Utah, increased their community involvement, and has improved the participation and quality of the participating events. We cant wait for 2013!!
To have your race be included in STG on the Run in 2014 please mail or fax application by January 31st to:
Kami Ellsworth Race Operations Manager 86 South Main St. George Ut 84770 435-627-4500 Fax 435-627-4509 email@example.com
Get kids moving for better health. We want to encourage participation, without an emphasis on competition.
With the help of the elementary school P.E. teachers, and volunteer mentors from the community assigned to each school, each child will be encouraged to keep track of time spent running, walking, biking, swimming, or playing sports . Activity logs will be completed and turned in each month. The school with the highest percentage of activity will receive an award and a banner will be displayed at the school for one month.
How Does It Work? Students that exercise will receive "Move It! Points" for exercising daily! Students can then turn in their points for prizes!
Students can redeem points for:
Turning In Calendars Students can complete a monthly calendar and turn it in each month for "Move It! Points" If students get their parents involved, they can turn in calendars for them as well for extra points!
Participating In Activities: For a list of activities click here!
Exercising in P.E. or At Recess! Washington County School District P.E. teachers will be handing out points to students they think are excelling in P.E. Move It! Mentors that attend recess and see students moving can also pass out points.
Students can turn in their points for prizes during ANY City of St. George "Move It!" Event." or on designated days throughout the month. (Days will be posted soon!)
St. George - Ibigawa, Japan Marathon Exchange Program Contest for St. George area middle school students from the following schools: Pine View Middle School, Desert Hills Middle School, Dixie Middle School and Snow Canyon Middle School.
In early 1989, SGI, a St. George company involved in bringing tourism to St. George became aware of a city in Japan that was starting a marathon similar to the one being staged in St. George.
SGI approached Kent Perkins, the Director of the St. George Marathon, about the idea of exchanging ideas and information between the two cities concerning their respective marathons.
Kent Perkins liked the idea and in summer of 1989 he flew to Ibigawa, Japan to lay the groundwork for what has become a very successful exchange program. Later that year, during the St. George Marathon, representatives from the Ibigawa Marathon came to St. George as guests and participants. Later, in November of that year Bob Nicholson (Director of Community Development for the City of St. George) flew to Ibigawa as the first official delegate from St. George to the Ibigawa marathon.
Since that time the two cities have exchanged delegations and event winners in an effort to enhance each marathon and to broaden the scope of understanding between countries and cultures.
Both marathons have built reputations for their excellence and growth. The exchange program has played a part in the success of both marathons and new ideas are fostered as these two marathons grow and mature.
Currently, St. George sends the overall male and female winners, masters division winners, and a local runner to Japan for a week long stay with Japanese host families. This award for winners demonstrates the uniqueness of the St. George Marathon.
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.
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, 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, 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, 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.
2011 was the 35th anniversary of the St. George Marathon, held each year during the first weekend in October. To celebrate this historic anniversary, a thorough review of the marathon results throughout the years was done. As a result of this review, it was determined which performances elevated former participants to a "Legend" status. Fifty men and fifty women were selected, which based on their efforts during the marathon, clearly separated themselves as legends of the St. George Marathon.
Introducing St. George Marathon Historian
Mike Schramm was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, but moved to Southern Utah at age 10, where his love of Utah's Dixie began. He currently lives part time in St. George and also in Las Vegas. His involvement and passion in running began in 1994 in an effort to stay physically fit. Mike has run 27 marathons with 11 of those run in St. George to date, including a personal record time ran in 2000 of 2:39:13 finishing 14th overall. His strong interest in statistics, history, and running led him to develop the marathon legend list. He is married to a marathon runner, Erica, and he has two daughters, Stefani and Sydni.
During 2011, we will have our 100,000th finisher, so to select only 50 men and 50 women and call them legends, was quite the challenge. But in the end, we truly feel like these individuals are deserving of this recognition.
Beginning April 13th we will reveal the legend with two men and two women listed each week leading up to the race. A short biography listing their accomplishments through the years will be included. The #1 and #2 male and female will be named in the week before the 2011 race.
To start this process today, we will list separately, 35 male and 35 female who didn't quite make the Legend list, but are deserving of an Honorable Mention. You can view the list here.
Throughout the summer of 2011, as we list the legends each week, you will learn which runners are the answers to these amazing accomplishments:
*Which legend ran a 2:40 or faster St. George marathon each decade from the 1970's through the 2000's?
*Which legend is the only runner who has participated in every race?
*Which legend is a nine time winner of the Wheelchair competition?
*Which legend finished 2nd in the marathon by only four seconds, the closest finish in race history?
*What legend finished 1st in their age category for 19 of the 20 years they participated?
*Which legend is the only runner to finish 1st overall three times?
*Which legend finished 1st or 2nd overall in three decades, the 80's, 90's and 2000's?
*Which legend finished in the top 3 of his age group 32 years in a row?
*Which female legend has an age graded time of 2:14?
*Which male legend has an age graded time of 2:12?
*Which legend was the overall Masters champion six times?
*Which male legend was the oldest overall winner at age 38?
*Which female legend was the oldest overall winner at age 48?
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By Mike Schramm
The process to determine the well deserved title of a "Legend" for the St. George marathon began during the summer of 2010. I wanted to obtain the race results of all the St. George marathons, from 1977 to the current year. Once I was able to gather each yearly result, I put together a list of the top 1000 times for all the years. As I put together that list, I was amazed at some of the consistent performances that were done by some of the participants. I decided at that point, for my own purposes, to determine which runner should be considered the greatest St. George marathoner. That led me to not just name one runner, but a list of 50, both male and female.
I had to come up with some characteristics that would give me a basis of a "Legend". I immediately decided it had to be a combination of speed along with longevity, but gave more credibility to speed. However, there are participants who had one remarkably fast marathon, but weren't named a "legend". Also, there are participants that have run 25+ marathons, but also, were not named a "legend".
The possibility of a "legend" title was increased when considering the overall St. George marathon resume based upon:
(items listed first are most important)
*Winning the overall title
*Top 10 finish for an individual year
*Winning the overall masters title
*Times in the list of top 1000 times overall
*Years running the race
*Age group performance
*Age graded results
A definition of Age Graded results is as follows:
"Your marathon finish time adjusted to that of an open division (18-35) participant using a factor for age and gender. Thus, the times for women and older participants are adjusted downward, while the times for most open division participants remain the same. The basis of age graded results is based on the 2006 age grading tables developed by the World Masters Athletics."
Of course, the list is subjective. The overall accomplishments of a participant can be evaluated differently by different people. I have reviewed the list with other individuals that are experienced in marathon running. The list was reviewed by the staff of the St. George marathon, including Kent Perkins, who has been the Race Director for the marathon for over 25 years.
Special thanks for helping gather the results to Carlene Garrick, Ross Decker, Steffen Schneider, and Diane Carling.