Thanks to all who came out for the Kanab Mother’s Day 10K race on Saturday, May 12! Shortly after 7 a.m., 184 participants began down the scenic course on Hwy 89 from Moqui Cave toward Kanab. The weather was perfect and the spirits were high at the finish line at Jacob Hamblin Park.

In the men’s overall, we had quite a race! Coming in first place was David Smith, 61, from St. George, with a time of 44:16. Hot on his heels was Jake Church, 16, from Kanab at 44:17, and, also from Kanab, Joseph Brower, 40, finished third just 30 seconds later with a time of 44:46. Doesn’t get much closer than that!

Women’s overall win goes to Elizabeth Richardi, 28, from Page, Ariz., with a time of 45:46. She was followed by Chloe Crosby, 19, of Kanab, with a time of 49:07 for second place and Lorraine Christian, 57, of St. George, with a time of 49:30 for third.

In addition to unique sandstone trophies from Western Hills, our overall finishers Smith and Richardi also received $100 off a pair of running shoes from our sponsor, St. George Running Center. They also provided $50 gift certificates for the male and female second place overall finishers, $35 gift certificates for third place overall finishers, and $20 gift certificates for each first place division winners. Trophies were awarded three deep to each age division. All runners received a shirt designed by local artist Mikelle Stott.

This year, both the Mother-Daughter and Mother-Son teams were won by local Kanab moms and kids! The Mother-Daughter winners were Julie and Savanah Jenson, and the Mother-Son winners were Jill and Harry Williams. Each team won gift certificates to Willow Canyon Outdoor and Houston’s Restaurant.

The Kanab 10K is financially sponsored by Kane County, Kanab City, Garkane Energy, Houston’s, South Central Communications, Southern Utah News, Rocking V, Best Friends, Adobe Realty, Kanab United Drug, Comfort Suites, Glazier’s Market, Holiday Inn, Juniper Ridge, McDonald’s, St. George Marathon, The Junction, St. George Running Center, Western River Expeditions, Vacation Races, Kanab Massage, Kane County School District, Yates Insurance, Parry Lodge, Sego Restaurant, Willow Canyon, Escobars, Western Hills, Juniper Ridge, Wild Thyme, Kanab Bakery, Peekaboo Kitchen and Jakey Leigh’s. The 10K race committee 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 in 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 special shout out to Barry Glazier for taking some fantastic photos of the race! And thanks to Mark Kuehnel for being the voice at the finish and keeping it fun! And, of course, Ken Carlson at RunnerCard, for doing a great job as usual scoring our race. For all race results, visit www.runnercard.com.

Lastly, to the Kanab 10K race committee, the Kanab City employees, and the many volunteers who make this event happen – thank you! See you all in 2019!