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Huntsville Marathon

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One of the most pristine marathons that Utah has to offer, this course starts in the Monte Cristo area and ends at Huntsville Town Park during the peak of our vibrant autumn colors. This course offers a gentle decline in elevation of 3,500 feet from start to finish. The 10K and 5K runs start and end in Huntsville Town.

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Marathon Route
With the autumn leaves ever so vibrant, this is a gorgeous scenic course starting in the Monte Cristo area and continuing along the South Fork of the Ogden River. The route then passes by the old site of the Abbey of the Holy Trinity Monastery in Huntsville and finishes at Huntsville Town Park where we will have booths and vendors set up. Across from the park is the Historic Shooting Star Saloon, top five in the nation for burgers.

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Utah State Route 39 and is a two-lane paved road that travels across three scenic areas within the Ogden Ranger District (Ogden Canyon, Pineview Reservoir, and Monte Cristo Road). It is an officially designated Utah State Scenic Byway. The scenic marathon run travels through the narrow river canyon, and descends for many miles alongside of the willow and cottonwood-lined river towards Huntsville. The road passes through an array of vegetation types, from sagebrush covered hills and riparian forests in the lower elevations to the cool Englemann spruce, Douglas fir and Aspen forests. The beautiful mountains and breathtaking fall colors of September and October make this marathon hard to beat. You won’t soon forget the vistas of this scenic run.

Traffic Control
The Weber County Sheriff Department will be providing a rolling closure for all Full and Half Marathon runners. We continue to strive to make sure that our runners will have a safe and wonderful experience.

Aid Stations
This marathon will have many aid stations every two to three miles along the course, providing fluids such as water and Gatorade along with nutritional treats (see detailed maps at right). Details:

Gatorade and Water at Miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24 and 25.
GU supplied at Miles 5, 11, 17, and 21.
Skittles supplied at Mile 15.
Swedish Fish supplied at Mile 25.
Pretzels supplied at Miles 19, 21 and 23.
Fruit supplied at Miles 9, 11, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25.

Creature Comforts
Porta potties will align with beverage stations and also at finish and starting lines.

AWARDS AND PRIZES

CASH PRIZES TO OVERALL WINNERS
Marathon both male & female:

1st: $1,200.00
2nd: $800.00
3rd: $600.00
4th: $400.00
5th: $225.00

$4000 to first runner to set state marathon record
Male: 2:14:44
Female: 2:30:07

Half Marathon both male & female:
1st: $500.00
2nd: 1 night stay at Ogden Courtyard Marriott
3rd: 1 night stay at Ogden Courtyard Marriott

10k both male & female:
1st: 1 night stay at Ogden Courtyard Marriott

5k both male & female:
1st: 1 night stay at Ogden Hampton Inn and Suites

TROPHIES:
First, Second and Third Place Overall Winners of Full and Half Marathons

MEDALS:
All Finishers of the Full and Half Marathon

AWARDS:
First, Second and Third Place Category Winners of Full and Half Marathons

DRAWING:
Runners qualifying for The Boston Marathon will be entered into a drawing for a trip for two to next year’s Boston Marathon!

Elite Runners: FREE ENTRY
Male: 2:30 within last 2 years
Female: 2:55 within last 2 years

Huntsville Marathon Donations: Committee Distributes $50,000 to Valley Entities & Non-Profits

On November 10, the Huntsville Marathon Committee presented donations to multiple recipients at the Huntsville Town Council meeting.

In just its fifth year, the Huntsville Marathon hosted approximately 2,000 runners on September 17. The USATF certified course began near the top of Monte Cristo, and descended some 3,800 feet with runners crossing the finish line at Huntsville Town Park.

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Jim Facer said, “We put on another great race and, counting this year, we will have donated over $300,000 to local non-profits.”

This year’s organizing committee included Jim and Candis Facer, Mayor Jim Truett, Dave and Marsha Smith, Richard Sorensen, John and Melissa Lewis, Tommy Lee, and Huntsville Town Councilman Mike Engstrom.

The impetus for the race initially was to raise funds for the town. Last year the town was able to purchase a new $138,000 International dump truck and snowplow solely with proceeds from the Huntsville marathon. Incidentally, the last new vehicle the town purchased was a Ford snow plow truck in 1997, which is still in use today.

Marathon committee member Candy Facer thanked the Valley community for being wonderful volunteers. “The Marathon would not be possible without these devoted volunteers . . . over 450 of them,” Facer quipped.

It is said, “The world is hugged by the faithful arms of a volunteer.” “We know that is true when we hear from our runners what an incredible job our volunteers did. The Snowcrest cheerleaders and the Snowcrest National Junior Honor Society members were incredible, and special thanks to Valley Elementary’s 6th-grade class, which helped stuff 2,000 goodie bags,” Facer stated.

“Each runner has a story of why they are there, but our volunteers have their own stories also.” Facer continued, “This year we had a female runner who arrived at the monastery water stop more than 5 hours after start time. She was exhausted and was going to give up. Volunteer Jessica Schroeder, who was dressed in a skeleton costume and flip flops, told the runner that she would walk with the marathoner the last few miles. The two crossed the finish line at about start time +6:30, greeted by members of the marathon committee.”

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Valley Elementary and Snowcrest Junior High School were awarded a total of $9,000, making the total donations to Valley schools over the past five years $49,000!

Weber Fire District received $500 in support of fallen firefighters and firefighters with cancer. Local station 65 firefighter Scott Haney ran the full marathon to raise awareness for the cause. Haney carried an extra 50 pounds as he ran in complete gear, including an oxygen tank.

Weber Sherriff’s Office also received $500 to be used for deputies and their families who are experiencing potentially terminal medical issues. Nearly 50 deputies helped with the marathon on their day off, and the majority did not accept pay. They love the valley and look forward to helping with the marathon each year.

Earlier Event: September 21
Mt. Rushmore Half Marathon
Later Event: October 13
Raptor Ridge Trail Half Marathon & 15K