Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.5
(6 Ratings)(6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.7
SCENERY
4
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.5
St. George Marathon is rated by Runner’s World as one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the World. Included in Runner`s World 10 Most Scenic and Fastest Marathons and Top 20 Marathons in the USA. It begins in the majestic Pine Valley mountains and descends nearly … MORE
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    mlam68 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Fun race, great views Ice on course Icy hot rub downs Sprinklers Ice pops Lots of goodies at the finish Cool down sprinklers at finish Good size hills (both down … MORE

    Fun race, great views
    Ice on course
    Icy hot rub downs
    Sprinklers
    Ice pops
    Lots of goodies at the finish
    Cool down sprinklers at finish
    Good size hills (both down and up)
    Lots of community support

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    thejohnsongirl FIRST-TIMER '16

    This course has a lot of runners, and hardly anyone puts themselves where they should start, so you end up elbow to elbow with people for the first five miles … MORE

    This course has a lot of runners, and hardly anyone puts themselves where they should start, so you end up elbow to elbow with people for the first five miles or so. The race support is amazing! The aid stations are plentiful with everything you need including sticks with Vaseline, GU, water, Gatorade, and people there to rub icy hot on your legs. The course is mostly downhill and on the stretch throughout veyo with the big hill the entire town comes out to high five and cheer. The entire last mile there were people lined up cheering, spraying you down with water, and handing out popsclicles and soda. Great race!

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    colette FIRST-TIMER '17

    It was my first marathon and I don't know that I could have asked for a better one. The marathon is incredibly well-supported with awesome volunteers. Along with the normal … MORE

    It was my first marathon and I don’t know that I could have asked for a better one. The marathon is incredibly well-supported with awesome volunteers. Along with the normal aid station stuff (water, Gatorade, some had snacks), there were also aid stations where they handed out Vaseline (which I was so grateful for around mile 7, when I realized the body glide I put on wasn’t going to be sufficient) and even had nurses at some aid stations putting on IcyHot wherever you needed it. I was also really grateful for the aid stations where they handed out ice, as well as the icy cold washcloths towards the end. The scenery along the course was pretty diverse and beautiful. From the meadows, to the Veyo hill/volcano, to the gorgeous red rock. Everyone was so supportive and friendly. The overall downhill was great. I’m so glad I did it!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my 40th marathon and there was a lot of hype going into it. I think it lived up to part of the hype but not entirely. I'll preface … MORE

    This was my 40th marathon and there was a lot of hype going into it. I think it lived up to part of the hype but not entirely. I’ll preface this by saying that I had run Jackson Hole Marathon three weeks earlier, which is probably the most scenic race I’ve done yet and in my top 3 favorites overall. My expectations were high given the reviews of STG.

    Great expo; nice size and lots of vendors. It was crowded but bib and shirt pickup was efficient. Best Western Coral Hills was a convenient place to stay; walking distance to some good restaurants (walk to the Iceberg burger and shake place across the street after the run; giant thick milkshakes!!) and if you’re inclined, a shuttle to the park where bus loading is, plus an early 3:00am runners breakfast. I walked to Worthen Park the morning of and after the finish, only about ten minutes away on foot.

    I think I was on one of the first buses out on race morning at 4:00am. Simple process. The start area had lots of bonfires ready to be lit as runners filed in. It was fun sitting there chatting with other runners, though if you’re an earlybird like I am, you’ll be there about two hours! RD had space blankets and free pairs of gloves, hot chocolate, coffee, Gatorade, and water at the starting area, though the temperature was not too cold that morning. Also TONS of portajohns which was great given the size of the race.

    We started about 7 minutes late due to a bus on the course. The course itself is pretty fast, but do not underestimate the hills! There are a couple of big ones, and then some rollers later on. Once the sun comes up, there’s not much in the way of shade, and it was a warmer day this year. Great aid stations with Gatorade and water, some kind of gel if you wanted, also fruit at several of them. Towards the end in St. George there were people with Otter Pops (AWESOME in the heat), bags of ice, and wet towels. There were also misters near the end and after the finish line. Great crowd support at certain spots during the race and throughout the last 3 miles.

    Scenery-wise, I guess it was just okay, in my humble opinion. Around mile 14-15 you see some beautiful red rock canyons which was stunning, but that was the highlight for me.

    Overall assessment: great organization, with an RD and team that understand runners and what’s important to us. A fast course with some significant uphills but net downhill so PR potential if your’e ready. Great aid stations and support from volunteers and crew. Comfortable starting area with lots of amenities. The medal was nice and unique and the shirt is long-sleeve technical; lots of goodies in the expo bag. I think it’s definitely worth doing and is a good choice for Utah if you’re knocking out the states.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4
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    dsbland FIRST-TIMER '16

    This year was the 40th running of the St. George Marathon and my first time at the event. It absolutely lived up to its reputation for the beauty of the … MORE

    This year was the 40th running of the St. George Marathon and my first time at the event. It absolutely lived up to its reputation for the beauty of the course and the expert organization. The good things:
    – Well run expo that wasn’t very large but had anything you might have forgotten to bring. I attended the first timers talk and was treated to a speaker who has run the race every year from the 1st to now. If it’s your first time, I highly recommend attending the talk.
    – The bus ride to the start line was run as smooth as silk. I have to admit that my 3:15AM wake up call was tough, but the friendly volunteers and the perfectly run process of loading the buses made this part of the race completely painless.
    – The hour and a half wait at just over 5000′ of elevation at the start line was made much easier by the bonfires that were lit to take the edge off the cool morning. This year’s race was actually very warm at the finish, but the start line temperatures were in the low 50’s.
    – The race itself was amazing, the course was incredibly beautiful. Be prepared for plenty of uphills, though, it’s not all downhill. The hill at Veyo is no joke and the gradual climb from mile 10 through 12 is sneakily tough. There are some rolling hills around mile 22 that actually help break up some of the downhill and are a bit of a relief to your legs that have been pounded by all the downhill.
    – The finish area is in a small park and definitely gets a bit congested, but the finish line food is excellent. Plenty of fruit and chocolate milk as well as ice cream which was wonderful after a warm finish.
    Things to watch out for:
    – Be prepared for the pounding of the downhill, do plenty of training, your quads and hamstrings will be decimated by the finish line.
    – It’s very easy to go out way too fast, watch your pace and this is an easy negative split.
    – This year got very warm and there is no cover on the course so once the sun was out there was no escape. I trained all summer in the Texas heat so I was OK, but the shuttle was constantly running back and forth to carry people out.
    This was easily the most smoothly run of any race event I have done so far. The city of St. George is a beautiful place with very friendly people and plenty of food options if you don’t want to do the pasta dinner. I gave the spectators a 4 because you don’t see many until you get into town for the last couple of miles. But, those spectators are wonderfully full of enthusiasm and definitely give you a boost for the final miles. If you love running and running marathons, St. George is an absolute must-run.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a beautiful downhill point-to-point race. The race starts in 40 degree weather at the top of the hill and ends in 70 degree (but no humidity) at the … MORE

    This is a beautiful downhill point-to-point race. The race starts in 40 degree weather at the top of the hill and ends in 70 degree (but no humidity) at the end. I was concerned about the altitude, but it didn’t bother me. Only time I noticed it was the one minor uphill early in the race. This race is traditionally a lottery, but everyone who applied to the lottery in 2015 got into the race. The medal is unique and stands out from other medals. There was a problem with the official race shirt this year, but the organizers have addressed and are sending replacement shirts. Very nice people on the course and off. St. George should be on your list of marathons to run!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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