On Saturday, May 8, with a chill in the air, a couple dozen spectators huddled around the finish line at the Kanab City Park anxiously waiting for some action. “Here comes our first runner,” someone shouted.

Peering down the road, a slight, lone figure steadily made his way toward the finish line. As he closed the distance, it became apparent for the first time in more than a decade, a Kanab local was about to win the Kanab 10K.

Yanni Gallager, a 15-year-old sophomore at Kanab High School and budding track star, finished the 6.2-mile distance in 36:11. He finished more than two minutes ahead of the second and third place runners, Kanab local Robert Gardner and Brandon Boshell of St. George, respectively.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Rebecca Heap of Williams, AZ with a time of 41:47, followed by Stacy Bracken of Ivins and Kanab’s Jill Armstrong.

Gallager and Heap each received a four-day river rafting trip through Cataract Canyon on the Green and Colorado River, generously donated by Colorado River and Trail Expeditions, as well as a gift certificate for $50 off a pair of new running shoes, donated by St. George Running Center.

Nearly 200 runners and walkers streamed through the finish line, while dozens of spectators shouted words of encouragement. The group gathered gregariously under the pavilion and enjoyed a breakfast feast donated by Glazier’s Market.

Custom trophies from Western Hills were awarded three deep in each age division. First place division winners also received $20 off a pair of running shoes at the St. George Running Center.

Every participant had a chance to win a gift certificate or merchandise in the drawing donated by local businesses including Genesis Dental, Adobe Fitness, Willow Canyon, Radio Shack, Escobar’s, The Junction, Lotsa Motsa and Laid Back Larry’s.

Local runner Keith Howells 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, in its third decade of existence, was financially sponsored by Kane County, Honey’s Marketplace, Genesis Dental, Kanab City, Best Friends Animal Society, Zions Bank, State Bank of Southern Utah, Zion Pharmacy, The Rocking V and Parry Lodge.

The run drew over a hundred participants from 45 different areas in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, as well as 90 of the participants from Kanab. Results are available at www.runnercard.com.