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St. George Marathon Reviews


4.4 Stars from 11 Runners





  

By about 2016


Review

Tough uphill at mile 7 just as tough downhill around mile 15.


Race Tips

Great support


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The St. George marathon is extremely well organized with great race volunteers and very supportive crowds. Weather can vary greatly from year to year, and if it is warm, it can feel really warm. Beautiful scenery and a great crowd. After 40 years of running it, they pretty much have it down.


Race Tips

The overall course profile is downhill, but there are a couple of significant climbs. Generally, the second half is faster - unless you fade badly like I did. Hydrate, it is the desert. Pace yourself at the finish - longest finish alley ever - the barricades start .75 mile out, and you can see the finish, but it is still a ways off.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book your hotel early. The town fills up. It is point-to-point, with an early morning bus ride out to the starting point, then run back to the town center. Don't hesitate to take an early bus, as they have food, fires, music, blankets, etc at the start.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Friendliest, most organized race ever. The organizers really thought of everything!


Race Tips

Be prepared for more uphills than advertised.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Best marathon I've ever done. Fabulous organization, great spectators, plenty of volunteers and aid stations, beautiful course.


Race Tips

Don't rely on getting into a Port-a-Potty on the course very quickly. I waited over 2 minutes to get in. If there's a line, run ahead to the next group. The pacers were awesome. You can hit a hard, challenging pace early on due to the downhill grade. The uphills will certainly add a bit of that time back though. I walked the uphills (3 of the big ones) and still had a PR.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The date for this marathon is too early in the Fall, 1st weekend of October. I think this results in too many years in which the temperature at the finish is too warm. Its a sunny course, no shade. 2016 was too hot.


Race Tips

Stay below goal pace the 1st 10-12 miles as Veyo hill and the following inclines can take a toll. If the weather is good and you are conservative early, this can be a fast course.


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Race Tips

This course ROLLS. Make no mistake. Could just be the toughest course I've ever done. Don't come here chasing a sub-3. Do the training and find a real course. This course was a joke.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Save the hotel money. Drive your EV to the start and just sleep there.


1 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

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.


Race Tips

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. 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. 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.

- 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.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

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.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

So incredibly organized. Beautiful scenery.


Race Tips

Very gradual and long uphill from about miles 8-13.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Flying into Las Vegas then driving to St. George was easy.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Organization - I can't imagine what more they can do. Expo was good (not too big), shuttles were efficient, campfires at the start with water, hot chocolate, coffee.

Race - first 7 miles and then 14 to finish are downhill and very fast. Miles 7-14 are uphill with some flats and rollers. The last few miles are in St George and the spectators are fantastic.

Finish Area - Lots of post race food choices. I don't eat a lot after a marathon, but generally will gravitate to ice cream and fruit -- plenty of choices...

Medal - best ever. Cut from local red rock sandstone - all are slightly different.


Race Tips

Although it is a net downhill you will need to train for the 4 mile grind up from Veyo to the the Volcano. Marathon starts at high elevation (5240 ft) at 6:45 AM, so gloves and a long sleeve shirt will be necessary for the first few miles.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Three marathons in St George, I used Marriott (Fairfield Inn and Courtyard). Hotels are very accommodating and have shuttles.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Gorgeous scenery, great community support. Downside it can get hot before you finish.


Race Tips

Practice running downhill. It gets steep in spots and it's later in the race, so your quads need to be prepared for that.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Come a couple days early and visit Zion National park (just an hour away). There are many low impact, low energy expenditure hikes you can do. You owe it to yourself, especially if you've never been in this part of the country before.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2011


Review

This marathon was my first ever and I loved it!!! Great run, and great volunteer help at each station. They also provide icy hot at the later stations which was a complete Godsend!!!!


Race Tips

Don't let anyone tell you there are no hills in this race, and I promise you, that you will not hit a wall, because there are no walls on the course!!!!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plan to ride the first bus. It's not that cold in the morning, I didn't even bring a jacket or pants, they have plenty of fires to keep warm.


5 / 5 Stars





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