St. George runners launch 'ultramarathon'

St. George runners launch 'ultramarathon'

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Regular marathons aren't for everybody. Some want the "ultra."

About 60 people from around the region came to southern Utah on Saturday to compete in the first-ever Red Mountain Ultramarathon, a 30-mile race trail and road race between Central and Ivins.

Race director Jeremy Frehner says many marathon runners are looking for something different and more difficult.

"It's a test of determination, of conviction," Frehner says. "It's kind of like climbing a mountain because it's there. You learn so much about yourself."

Organizers hope to make the race an annual event.

Information from: The Spectrum

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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