It was chilly and drizzly at the starting line near Moqui Cave on Saturday, May 9, but it didn’t sodden the spirits of the 220 participants that toed the starting line of the Kanab 10K. Also, the saturating weather didn’t keep dozens of volunteers and spectators from showing up at the finish line to applaud their runners.

Coming in first place while pushing a stroller was Jon Lee, 25, from Las Vegas, with a time of 36:54. Levi LeFevre, 29, from Kanab, clocked in at 37:57 giving him a second place finish, and Sergio Ibarra, 50, also from Las Vegas, finished third in the men’s division with a time of 41:24.

Aubrey Johnson, 33, from Washington, Utah, finished first in the women’s division for the second year in a row and third time overall. Despite the dismal conditions, she was able to shave 12 seconds off last year’s time for a finish of 41:00. She was followed in by Aubrey Denton, 33, of Highland, Utah, with a time of 41:49 and Alexis Cutler, 30, of Kanab, with a time of 42:46.

Nearly 140 women ran the Mother’s Day race, some pushing children in strollers. One tough mother ran while carrying a baby and pushing two kids in a double stroller! Each woman who crossed the finish line was presented with a rose from Kanab City Mayor Robert Houston.

After the final participants crossed the finish line, everyone gathered under the pavilion to escape the rain and enjoy a spread of fruit, muffins and doughnut holes provided by Glazier’s Market, while the awards ceremony commenced.

In addition to unique sandstone trophies from Western Hills, Lee and Johnson also received $100 off a pair of running shoes from St. George Running Center. The male and female second place overall finishers received a $50 gift certificate from St. George Running Center, and third place overall finishers received a $35 gift certificate from St. George Running Center.

First place division winners also received $20 off a pair of running shoes from St. George Running Center and custom trophies were awarded three deep in each age division. All runners received a shirt designed by local artist Neal Brown.

Every participant had a chance to win gift certificates and merchandise donated by many local businesses, including Willow Canyon, Best Friends, Lotsa Motsa, Escobar’s, Kanab City, Houston’s, Escobar’s, Glazier’s, Jakey Leigh’s, Three Bears, Amerigas, Nedra’s, Pizza Hut, Denny’s Wigwam, and The Junction.

Ed Hiatt 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 Kanab 10K, finishing its third decade of existence, is financially sponsored by Kane County, Kanab City, Garkane Energy, Houston’s, South Central Communications, Southern Utah News, Rocking V, Honey’s Marketplace, State Bank, Zions Bank, Adobe Realty, Zion Pharmacy, Kanab United Drug, Western River Expeditions, Colorado River and Trail Expeditions, Kane County School District, Xtreme Graphix, and Aiken’s Lodge. We appreciate all the support.

The event drew in nearly 80 runners from over 50 different places outside of Kane County. Participants can review their times at www.runnercard.com. We hope to see all the runners and spectators again on Mother’s Day weekend 2016.