Monday, June 3, 2013

St. George Marathon - I'm In!



I'm going to St. George, Utah! A couple of weeks ago, I received this exciting news:

CONGRATULATIONS!!! We would like to congratulate you on being 1 of 7600 runners selected for the 2013 St. George Marathon. We will be hosting runners from all 50 states and 18 countries. We would like to thank you for your interest in our event and we look forward to seeing each of you cross the finish line!

Since it was my first try to enter the race by lottery, I was surprised to make it in. I love hiking in Utah and I can't wait to run a marathon there, too. The above photo is from one of my hiking trips in Utah (Nov.'11).

Since getting the news that I'm running the St. George marathon, I've found some helpful sites:

2011 St. George Marathon Video produced by St. George City

Marathon Guide.com - race details from previous St. George marathoners

Fast Cory's Advice After Running the Course Twice: After reading this, I want to wait for mile 14 and then fly to the finish!

Runarirun's St. George Marathon Recap: She reminded me that arriving a week early so your body can acclimate is a good idea. I did notice that it was a little harder to run in Zion when I visited and that was on an "easy run"!

Are you hoping to run the St. George Marathon in 2014? Reserve the hotel room early! I waited until I knew I was running the race and I couldn't find a room in town, but at least I found one that's only about 5 miles outside of town.

It felt great to know that I had another marathon coming up when I crossed the finish line of my last marathon. (Okay, well not immediately after! After a few minutes, maybe!)

I plan to make some improvements in my training this summer. By the time the marathon is here, I'll be ready! I started off my training with an easy 5 miles today. It felt good!

Do you have any upcoming races or vacations? I'd love to hear about them!


37 comments:

  1. That is awesome! We don't have any lottery system here by us so I find it very interesting. On 3 August I'm running a very hard trail race and we are making a weekend of it. I can't wait. After that I have a few more weekend and vacation races planned as part of my 50th birthday celebrations :)

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    1. I've run a couple of trail races - the hardest part for me is trying not to trip! I look forward to seeing how your trail race goes and what you have planned for your 50th!

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  2. That's exciting!Congratulations on the lottery win! I have a half marathon coming up on th 16th.

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    1. I wish I had more opportunities to do half marathons locally. The 16th will be here before you know it!

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  3. Congrats! Utah is an amazingly beautiful state. I will have to look into this marathon - it looks like a good one :)

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    1. Utah is one of my favorite places to hike! Hopefully, we'll find some new hiking places while we're there.

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  4. Yay! It is my favorite marathon BY FAR! It is so well-organized and the community support is unmatched ... not to mention, the course is fabulous!
    Good luck in your training! I look forward to reading how you do!

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    1. That's great to hear from someone who has run this race more than once! Thanks!

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  5. Cool!
    I just signed up today for a 10K on September 21st, I want to tackle the 50 minutes limit and fundraise to benefit the One Fund Boston :)

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    1. Something I love about 10K's is that you don't need too much time to recover and you can quickly get back to running. That's a great reason to run!

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  6. Exciting! I know when I won a lottery space for the Women's Nike Half last year I was stoked.

    I am doing my first marathon at the Half Moon Bay International Marathon on Sept 29th!

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    1. This was my first time to enter by lottery for a race. It was hard to wait to see how it turned out! I'm guessing that you'll have great weather and a nice course in Half Moon Bay.

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  7. Yay! Sounds like something for you to look forward to.

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    1. I can hardly wait! Still, I'm glad I have months to prepare for the race!

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  8. Love St. George--went with 50 of my wonderful students for their 8th grade graduation trip! Sounds like a great race! My next race on the books is Dumbo Challenge in CA, but there will be some local ones here (5k, 10ks, etc) over the summer.

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    1. We visited St. George when we hiked in nearby Zion. The shorter races are great for hot summers. Have fun racing!

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to the downhill finish after the (little) hill we ran up in my last marathon.

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  10. Yay, congrats!!! A destination marathon sounds perfect!

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    1. I love racing on vacation. No matter how the race day goes, rain or shine, it's always fun!

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  11. Congratulations! I like the looks of the course. Looks like a fast one but I do wonder about the elevation in Utah. With the exception of the 10K this Saturday, my big next race is the Dumbo Double Dare in August. So many races offer discounts on National Running Day and I always end up registering for a couple of races so maybe my next race will be sooner than an expected!

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    1. The Dumbo Double Dare sounds like a hard challenge. I hope you have a cool August day for it!

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  12. Congratulations on being chosen for the race! It looks like an amazing one!! Best of luck and congrats as well for being chosen Running Blogger of the week!

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  13. That is exciting! I ran St George a few years ago, you will love the course!

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    1. That's good to hear. I need to read your St. George Marathon recap on your blog!

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  14. That's great news, Tina! Congratulations on being chosen! We all hope your training and your race go well. Be sure to keep us updated!

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    1. Thanks! I ran an easy 5 miles today. So far, so good!

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  15. I looked up the St. G marathon. SO JEALOUS! It looks like so much fun ... as much fun as 26.2 can be ;)

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    1. Your comment reminded me that I forgot to link to the race website. Thanks! Ha, ha - there's fun and there's hard, too!

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  16. Congrats on getting in, Tina!!! St George is supposed to be one of the best marathons out there. Getting there with one-two weeks to acclimate is a solid plan for any race at altitude. So very excited for you!! Hope I can do this one some day - it's on my list.

    Also, thanks for all the great links!

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    1. This one is on many "want to run lists". I hope you get the chance to run it someday, too!

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  17. Congrats on being chosen! A marathon is something that I would like to work up to someday. It would be even more cool to be able to travel to other parts of the country for it too.

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    1. The ease that comes with doing local races is nice, but the destination races add excitement. Thanks!

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  18. Congrats on getting in. It looks like a fun race.

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    1. Thanks, I was really excited when I received the news that I was accepted. I didn't want to get my hopes up before I found out.

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  19. Great news!!! Very excited for you!!!

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