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St. George Marathon

St. George, UT


Race Dates

2017: Saturday, October 7, 2017
2016: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 101.81
Course Score: 101.81

Race Size

2016: 5,417 Finishers
2015: 5,461 Finishers
2014: 5,802 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 14.1%
2015: 16.6%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The St. George Marathon is a popular choice for those looking for fast Fall marathon times. The net downhill, point-to-point course starts nearly a mile up in the Pine Valley Mountains and descends 2600 feet to the finish.

Although the course drops nearly a half mile in elevation from start to finish, there are a few uphills along the course as well.


Marathon Rankings

The St. George Marathon was the 15th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 15th largest in 2015.

Last year 14.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 16.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the St. George Marathon the 109th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 65th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 101.81 ranks it as the 14th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest course in Utah.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the St. George Marathon a PR Score of 101.81. This PR Score ranks it as the 13th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Utah.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 5244 feet (1598m)
Min Elevation: 2685 feet (818m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the St. George Marathon

4.4 Stars from 10 Reviews



review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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

Race Tips

Great support

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




review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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

Race Tips

Be prepared for more uphills than advertised.

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




review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.

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




review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars

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.

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




review of 2016 St. George Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars

Review


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.



review of 2015 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2015 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2015 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2011 St. George Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



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