On Saturday, May 11, just past 7 a.m. in the morning, racers toed the starting line located near Moqui Cave, and the Kanab 10K celebrated another year of running as 220 participants covered the 6.2-mile distance and crossed the finish line. Some were racing because they love the scenic course that weaves through the vermillion cliffs. Some were racing towards the breakfast feast of fruit, donut holes, juice, and mini muffins at the finish line that Glazier’s Family Market donates. Some were racing for a trophy, and others were racing for a river trip. Most everyone though, first and foremost, was racing for Jayci Glover.

Several runners on the course were sporting red wristbands blazed with RACE FOR JAYC or TEAM JAYCI shirts with a “Tougher than Cancer” caption to show their support and love to the local 12-year-old and her family as she battles cancer with chemotherapy. Dozens of spectators and volunteers also showed support for Jayci and those running for her. The wristbands are still available for purchase at Kanab High School with all the proceeds going to the Glover family.

After placing third overall in the Men’s Division last year with a time of 43:41, 16-year old Russell Clarkson of Kanab beat his previous time by finishing first overall with a time of 39:16. He was followed in by Levi LeFevre, 27, of Kanab, with a time of 40:08 and Robert Gardner, 28, of Denver, Colorado, with a time of 40:24.

Alexis Cutler, 28, of Kanab, finished first overall in the Women’s Division with a time of 43:22. Last year’s female winner Jill Williams, 36, Kanab, followed her in with a time of 43:49. Crystal Boren, 31, of St. George, Utah, finished third in the women’s race with a time of 44:35. With the certification of the course in 2012, Cutler’s time is a course record for the Women’s Division.

After the final participants crossed the finish line, everyone gathered gregariously under the pavilion for breakfast, the awards ceremony, and the raffle drawing. In addition to hefty trophies from Western Hills and a $100 off a pair of running shoes at St. George Running Center, Clarkson and Cutler each won a river rafting trip for two on the Colorado River through Westwater Canyon, valued at $900 and generously donated by Colorado River and Trail Expeditions. First place division winners also received $20 off a pair of running shoes at St. George Running Center and custom trophies were awarded three deep in each age division.

Every participant had a chance to win gift certificates and merchandise in the drawing donated by many local businesses including Willow Canyon, Parry Lodge, Lotsa Motsa Pizza, Radio Shack, and The Junction. Robert Gardner won the drawing for a coveted free entrance into the St. George Marathon through the marathon’s On the Run program, which the Kanab 10K participates in.

The event, heading into its third decade of existence, is financially sponsored by Kane County, Rocking V, Garkane Energy, Honey’s Marketplace, Zions Bank, State Bank, Best Friends Animal Society, Adobe Fitness, Kanab Drug, Zion Pharmacy, Western Hills, Xtreme Graphix, Southern Utah News, and Aiken’s Lodge. We appreciate all the support.

The event drew nearly 100 runners from over 40 different places outside of Kanab. The other participants were Kanab natives. If volunteers and locals would like a 10K shirt or sweatshirt, designed by Josh Baird, please contact Megan Smith at 435-899-0364. Participants can review their times at www.runnercard.com. We hope to see all the runners and spectators again on Mother’s Day weekend 2014!