Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.5
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.8
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.3
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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    Ironferg FIRST-TIMER '18

    Added this to my 2018 schedule as a Boston 2020 Qualifier just given that the date worked. It was my first St. George, but will not be my last. Absolutely … MORE

    Added this to my 2018 schedule as a Boston 2020 Qualifier just given that the date worked. It was my first St. George, but will not be my last. Absolutely gorgeous course that is primarily downhill but doesn’t kill your quads. It could not be run better and St. George is a wonderful Family destination.

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    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall, it was a beautiful course and well organized. Just because it's a net downhill course, does not mean it's easy. I enjoy some nice downhills, but it will take … MORE

    Overall, it was a beautiful course and well organized. Just because it’s a net downhill course, does not mean it’s easy. I enjoy some nice downhills, but it will take a toll on your quads. There is a nasty uphill right after Veyo that seems to go on forever.
    The only issues that I found were the long wait times at the race start. You have to catch a buss from the finish area to the start, which is about a 25 minute ride. You need to get there early. The race was then delayed by 30 minutes because we had to wait for the last bus to make it. It was rainy and in the mid to upper 40’s at the start. The other issue is people starting in a faster group than they should. By this point, people should know their starting pace and I shouldn’t have to dodge so many people in the beginning.
    The good. Considering how there is not much civilization out there, there is decent crowd support. The aid stations were great as well, some of them offering ice packs, vaseline and icy hot rub downs. People at the finish were very helpful and offered lots of goodies and congratulations.
    It was definitely a unique race.

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    jimenejm REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my third St. George Marathon and it was as good as ever. I ran it in 2010 in average (hot) conditions, in 2015 in very hot conditions, and … MORE

    This was my third St. George Marathon and it was as good as ever. I ran it in 2010 in average (hot) conditions, in 2015 in very hot conditions, and this year (2018) in rainy and cool conditions. Each year the experience was awesome. St. George Marathon and the community there operate this event like a well oiled machine.

    – Great expo for a mid-size race
    – Bus loading was a cinch
    – Tons of port-a-potties at the start
    – Fire pits, space blankets and hot drinks at the start
    – Plenty of road to warm up prior to the race
    – Great rendition of National Anthem
    – The start was late but this is, I think, was a complication of the weather and tons of people taking later buses.
    – The course is scenic and perfect for a negative split (which I have achieved every time here)
    – Aid stations are well stocked and volunteers are trained
    – The finish line area is one of the best I have experienced
    – Beautiful medal and ok SWAG
    – Space blankets at the finish
    – Massages and medal engraving at the finish

    In short, this is the most organized and best large/midsize marathon in Utah. If you want a more intimate experience the best small marathon in Utah is Morgan Valley, hands down, but for the big event experience there is no beating St. George. And if you are in the BQ hunt I would not choose Revel Big Cottonwood over this race. If you run it right (negative split strategy) St. George is faster (and easier on your legs) than Big Cottonwood. IMO.

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    amy.schaumburg FIRST-TIMER '18

    Clearly St. George has been putting on this race for many years. From the bus pickup to the fire pits, blankets and coffee at the starting line to the amazing … MORE

    Clearly St. George has been putting on this race for many years. From the bus pickup to the fire pits, blankets and coffee at the starting line to the amazing on-course volunteers at well-stocked aid stations to the finish line festival and welcoming crowds, this race was a great choice for me to check Utah off my list. There is plenty to do and see after the race as well. Enjoyed a full day at Zion and another full day exploring Snow Canyon State Park and other trails in the St. George area. Beautiful part of the world.

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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

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    5
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    4
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    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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    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!

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    5
    SCENERY
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    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.

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    5
    SCENERY
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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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    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!

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