On Saturday, May 10, just past 7 a.m. racers toed the starting line near Moqui Cave and flowed toward the sunlight a half-mile in the distance.

Aaron Metler, 30, from St. George, UT, quickly separated from the pack with a sizeable lead. He finished first overall with a time of 31:42, beating his time from 2009 when he last ran the Kanab 10K with a first place win. Finishing second place overall with a time of 33:39 was Jon Lee, 25, of Cedar City, UT. He was followed by local runner, Levi LeFevre, 28, of Kanab, UT, who shaved nearly a minute off his time from last year when he placed second.

Finishing first overall in the women’s division was Aubrey Johnson, 32, of Herriman, UT, with a time of 41:12. Alexis Cutler, 29, of Kanab, finished second overall in the women’s division with a time of 43:22. She beat her last year’s winning time by over a minute. Amanda Pillmore, 30, of Kanab, took third overall in the women’s division with a time of 44:16.

Metler and Johnson both set records on the course, which was certified and sanctioned by the USA Track and Field in 2012. There were over 215 participants signed up for the Mother’s Day race and as they covered the 6.2-mile distance and streamed across the finish line, Kanab City Mayor Robert Houston was there to greet them. Starting a new tradition, Houston handed out roses to the female participants that crossed the finish line in honor of Mother’s Day.

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, Metler and Johnson also received $100 cash. The male and female second place overall finishers received a $50 gift certificate at St. George Running Center, and third place overall finishers received a $35 gift certificate at St. George Running Center. 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, The Herb Basket, Zumba by Autumn, La Bella’s Salon, The Canyon’s Collection, Escobar’s, The Dog House Tavern, Jake’s Chaparral, Rocking V Cafe, Charlie’s Oasis, Kanab City, Spur’s Grill, Houston’s, and The Junction.

Michelle Federkeil 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, Kanab City, Garkane Energy, Houston’s, South Central Communications, Southern Utah News, Glazier’s, Western Hills, Rocking V, Best Friends Animal Society, Honey’s, State Bank, Adobe Fitness, Zion Pharmacy, Kanab United Drug, Western River 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 40 different places outside of Kane County. If volunteers and locals would like a groovy 10K shirt designed by local artist Gracie Buckman, 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 2015!