On Saturday, June 13, the Kanab 10K kicked off the week-long celebration for Kanab’s Sesquicentennial with nearly 170 racers crossing the finish line at Jacob Hamblin Park.

A handful of runners chose to participate virtually and submitted their time and course photo by e-mail. The virtual option was new this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions that were in place leading up to the race.

Mother Nature gave us a beautiful, sunny morning as the participants began down the scenic course on Highway 89 from Moqui Cave toward Kanab, ending at Jacob Hamblin Park. Spectators and supporters were there to cheer on the runners as they crossed the finish line.

Mayor Robert Houston and City Manager Joe Decker, along with their families, served up a delicious pancake breakfast to the runners. Spectators were able to purchase a breakfast for only $2.

The men’s overall first place winner was Mathew Olech, Chicago, Ill., with an incredible time of 34:27! Nathan Bowman, Kanab, who was the top finisher at last year’s 10K, was hot on his heels, finishing with a time of 34:45, landing the second place spot. Jason Reed took third place with a time of 36:56 and was the top finisher in his age division.

Kris Rostas, St. George, was the Women’s overall first place winner with an amazing time of 43:04! Neak Lockus, Kanab, took the second place spot with a time of 44:36. Rounding out the top three finishers in the Women’s category was Isabelle Straley, Murray, with a time of 45:04!

In addition to unique sandstone trophies provided by Western Hills-Nature’s Showcase, the overall finishers, Olech and Rostas, also received Kanab backpacks filled with awesome swag provided by the Kane County Office of Tourism and Kanab City Recreation.

Trophies were awarded to the top finisher in each age division. Each runner to cross the finish line received a custom finisher’s medal. Those who ran virtually will receive their medal in the mail. All runners received a 10K shirt and swag bag.

A huge shoutout to our 2020 Kanab City Recreation sponsors that helped make the 10K possible: South Central Communications, Kane County Office of Tourism, State Bank of Southern Utah, Garkane Energy, Iron Rock Engineering, Best Friends and All-state Insurance.

Additionally, this event would never happen without the support of the Kanab City Police, Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Highway Patrol, Kane County Search and Rescue, Kanab City Public Works Department 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 thank you goes out to Levi and Sam Lefevre and the KHS Track Team for timing the event and helping with packet pickup; Mark Kuehnel for being the MC; Austin Hutchings for handing out medals; the Events and Volunteer Center for transporting runners to the start line; Heather Fox for taking care of the aid stations; and the many others who helped make the race a success!