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ST. GEORGE — For more than four decades, the St. George Marathon has welcomed thousands of runners, volunteers and spectators the first Saturday of October. After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 45th annual St. George Marathon is back – and set for Oct. 2 at 7 a.m.
"We are so excited to have the marathon back in 2021 – it is St. George's signature event," Michelle Graves, race director and deputy director of Arts and Events for the city of St. George, said in a news release. "This might be the best St. George Marathon ever. There has been a vibrant return to racing and we are happy to have a strong field of runners for this year's event."
For the first time ever, marathon weekend includes the St. George Mini-Marathon (6:15 a.m. start on Oct. 2), which will push the total event participation to approximately 7,000 runners.
"The option of the mini marathon provides another opportunity for participation in this great event," Graves added.
Marathon weekend kicks off Oct. 1 with the Marathon Expo at the Dixie Convention Center. It is free for the public to attend and where runners pick up their packets. The booths, free samples, photo opportunities and keynote speakers combine to kickstart to the weekend.
At Vernon Worthen Park, the Fun Walk Run n' Roll events begin at 6 p.m. with distances of 1-mile and 200 meters. Children ages 3 to 12 or anyone with special needs is invited to participate. Everyone is invited to celebrate with a party in the park that will last until 8 p.m.