On Saturday, May 12, the Kanab 10K celebrated another year of running with 196 participants covering the 6.2 mile distance and crossing the finish line. All the racers patiently waited for the Utah Highway Patrol and other law enforcement officials to clear the roads before they toed the line and streamed toward the sunlight a half-mile in the distance. The highway course weaved through the vermillion cliffs, following Kanab Creek into town. After a few turns in Kanab, runners approached the long finish to the Kanab City Park.

Danny Yardley, 32, of Panguitch, finished first with an awesome time of 37:37. He was followed by Wade Heaton, 39, of Alton, who took second place overall with a time of 43:03. Coming in third overall, but first in the women’s race, was Kanab’s Jill Williams with a time of 43:28. Behind her, Russell Clarkson of Kanab, placed third in the men’s division with a time of 43:41. Julie Jenson, of Kanab, placed second in the women’s division with a time of 44:53, while Rebecca Heap of Williams, AZ, placed third with a time of 44:58. With a newly certified course, these times are all considered course records!

Dozens of spectators and volunteers cheered on the racers. In a fashion true of community spirit, one group of runners and spectators, aptly naming themselves Team Peggy, ran and cheered on runners in honor of their friend Peggy Clark who is battling breast cancer. They ran the race to show her their love and support. Clark used to run a 10K every morning, and we all hope she will be well enough to run the Kanab 10K next year!

The participants and spectators gathered gregariously under the pavilion and enjoyed a breakfast feast of fruit, donut holes, juice, and mini muffins donated by Glazier’s Family Market during the awards ceremony and raffle drawing.

In addition to hefty trophies and a $100 off a pair of running shoes at St. George Running Center, Yardley and Williams each received 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. Ccustom trophies from Western Hills were awarded three deep in each age division.

Every participant had a chance to win gift certificates and merchandise donated by many local businesses including: The Junction, Willow Canyon, Laid Back Larry’s, Radio Shack, St. George Running Center, Parry’s Lodge, and Lotsa Motsa. Joni Katz 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, Honey’s Marketplace, Genesis Dental, Best Friends Animal Society, Lost Highway, Zions Bank, State Bank, Aiken’s Lodge, Adobe Fitness, Kanab Drug, Rocking V. Southern Utah News, Aiken’s Lodge, Lone Buck Ranch and Zion Pharmacy also contribute to our event in other ways. 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, designed by Valley High School student Brooks Eberly, please contact Megan Smith at 435-899-0364. We have several sizes left over. Participants can review their times at www.runnercard.com.

We hope to see all the runners and spectators again on Mother’s Day weekend 2013!