For the second year in a row, dark, rain filled clouds accompanied runners to the starting line of the Kanab 10K on Saturday, May 7. The clouds only served to discombobulate the runners, for the racing weather was perfect and few drops fell. The race began shortly after 7 a.m. as participants raced toward Kanab.

Coming in first place for the second year in a row was Jon Lee, 27, from Las Vegas, Nev., with a time of 34:48, shaving two minutes off his previous year win when he was pushing a stroller to the finish. David Smith, 59, from St. George, Utah, clocked in at 38:12, giving him a second place finish. Brandon Button, 44, from Marysville, Ohio, finished third in the men’s division with a time of 40:39.

Aubrey Johnson, 34, from Washington, Utah, finished first in the women’s division for the third year in a row. She shaved off a few seconds from her previous year’s win, for a finish of 40:43. She was followed in by Kristen Nielson, 27, Kanab, with a time of 41:07 and Crystal Boren, 34, from Ivins, Utah, with a time of 43:02.

After the final participants crossed the finish line, everyone gathered under the pavilion for the awards ceremony and to enjoy a spread of fruit, muffins and doughnut holes provided by Glazier’s Market. 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. Custom trophies were awarded three deep in each age division. All runners received a shirt designed by local artist Josh Baird.

This year, we had a Mother-Daughter and a Mother-Son team award for the fastest combined time of each team. The Mother-Daughter winners were Donnalynn Sloan and Tiffany Sloan, with a combined time of 2:09:30. The Mother-Son winners were Yvonne Button and Joshua Button, with a combined time of 1:47:46. Both teams won a river trip for two in Moab donated by Western River Expeditions.

Every participant had a chance to win gift certificates and merchandise donated by many local businesses, including Willow Canyon, Sego, Lotsa Motsa, Kanab City, Pizza Hut, Juniper Ridge, Escobar’s, Three Bears, and The Junction. Lexie Little 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, Best Friends, Honey’s Marketplace, State Bank of Southern Utah, Zions Bank, Adobe Realty, Zion Pharmacy, Kanab United Drug, Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn, McDonald’s, Western River Expeditions, Colorado River and Trail Expeditions, Grand Canyon Expeditions, Kane County School District, Xtreme Graphix, Denny’s Wigwam, Parry Lodge, Nedra’s and Jakey Leigh’s. The 10K and its participants appreciate all the support from these various businesses.

Additionally, this event would never happen without the support of the law enforcement officers, Search and Rescue team, and EMT personnel. They do a phenomenal job looking out for the safety and well being of the participants. Every year they are on board with this event, and it means so much to have their unwavering support and help. A shout out also goes to the Kanab 10K race committee, Kanab City employees, and the many volunteers who make this event happen.

Participants can review their times at www.runnercard.com. We hope to see all the runners and spectators again on Mother’s Day weekend 2017 to celebrate the 30th year of the Mother’s Day Kanab 10K.