I had a little bit of a problem during the St. George Marathon. The scenery is so awesome that I couldn't seem to put my camera away. I think if I left the camera at home I'd be able to run sub-3. (Or not.)
Here are a few more scenes I caught during the race. This was our location at the starting area. It took nine minutes from the time the race started until we actually crossed the starting line.
My friend told me that he didn't know wildlife were allowed to run the marathon. Rawrrrrrr.
Around seven miles later we got to Veyo Hill. The hill is kinda steep. And kinda long. And you aren't shocked if you look to the side of you and see grown men crying like little babies.
From there you just run. And run. And eat some Gu packets. And wipe your tears if you happen to be one of those grown men who started crying back at Veyo. And then you keep running some more.
Our persistance paid off when we neared the awe-inspiring Snow Canyon.
These views are enough to take your mind off the fact that your legs feel like they are filling with rattle snake venom:
This is the last hill of the race at Ledges Parkway. I always get a chuckle around this area when I see how many pace bracelets are ripped off and thrown on the road on this hill. (Mine was one of them the first year I ran here!)
After the Ledges, the course becomes a very steep downhill. It makes for fast running, but chews up your quads like a velociraptor nibbling on your muscles. There is always a crowd of people standing at this barricade trying to stretch their weary muscles. I'd like to call it the Weeping Wall.
And then all too soon you cross the finish line......the ending of an awesome 26.2 mile journey. Then a happy volunteer places around your neck one of the coolest medals you'll find from a marathon (made of polished sandstone).
Thanks for another amazing year St. George Marathon!