Heidi Webb of Eden, Utah, is a Boston Marathon Qualifier and wins the drawing for a trip to Boston for 2 people, including air fare and 2 nights at the Marriott Copley place. Congratulations, Heidi!
You Asked For It… We Listened… You Got It! Earlier Start Times for 2019 Huntsville Marathon!
Marathon Start Time: 7:00 AM
Half Marathon Start Time 7:30 AM
Huntsville 5 & 10K Run Start Time: 7:30 AM
Huntsville Kids Run Start Time: 11:00 AM
The town of Huntsville will host its seventh-annual “Utah Orthopaedics Huntsville Marathon” Saturday, September 15, 2018. Registration is now open and the marathon committee is soliciting volunteers to put on this world-class event.
Billed as “The Full Monte,” the 26.2 mile USA Track and Field (USATF) certified and sanctioned course begins near the top of scenic Monte Cristo and descends nearly 4,000 feet, ending in Huntsville’s historic park. With the long, gentle, almost continuous descent for the first 21 miles, many are running in hopes of qualifying for the iconic Boston Marathon.
Win a Trip to Boston Marathon 2019
Qualify for the Boston Marathon and you will be automatically entered to win a trip for two to the 2019 Boston Marathon. The prize package includes airfare for two and a two-night stay at the historic Marriott Boston Copley Place Hotel in the heart of Beantown.
Boston Qualification Guarantee
Huntsville Marathon offers an unprecedented Boston Qualification Guarantee. We believe in the quality and speed of our course so much that we will pay for your marathon entry if you fail to qualify for Boston. This guarantee is for those who have never ran Boston, and for those who have ran within ten minutes of qualifying for Boston on a previous race within the last two years. In 2016, 25% of our runners qualified for Boston.
Earlier Start Time
Since cooler fall temperatures are common during late September on our mountain course, the start times were a bit later to allow runners who live along the Wasatch Front to leave their homes on race morning at a reasonable time versus a 3:00 a.m. wake up. However, many asked for an earlier start time and the Huntsville Marathon Committee responded by starting all of the races earlier. In fact, the Full Marathon now starts at 8:00 a.m., which is a full two hours earlier than the first marathon in 2012.
Cash prizes are once again being offered this year, with the overall male and female winners of the full marathon receiving $1000 each, while the winners of the half will receive $500. The Huntsville Marathon is also offering a $4000 bonus to any first-place full marathon runner beating the fastest recorded time in Utah for their gender. The current men’s record is 2:15:14, and the women’s is 2:30:07, both from the 2005 Salt Lake City Marathon.
Once again, there will be a 10k and 5k, as well as a Children’s Fun Run. The Children’s Fun Run is for kids age eight and under, and will be free of charge. It includes a T-shirt for the first 200 kids who sign up.
Marathon Supports Ogden Valley Organizations
The Huntsville Marathon is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has donated nearly $350,000 to Ogden Valley organizations. Donations have benefitted Huntsville Town, Eden and Liberty Park, CERT, Valley Elementary, Snowcrest Jr. High, Weber County Sheriff and Weber Fire Distrit auxiliaries, Weber Pathways, and many more local beneficiaries. This donor aspect is particularly important as there are only a small handful of events, from the many held in Ogden Valley, that give back directly to the community, and the all-volunteer Huntsville Marathon gives back in a huge way.
To become one of our 400 fabulous volunteers, contact Candis Facer at loading... or 801-528-2166.
Huntsville Marathon Donations: Committee Distributes $50,000 to Valley Entities & Non-Profits
On November 10, the Huntsville Marathon Committee presented donations to multiple recipients at the Huntsville Town Council meeting.
In just its fifth year, the Huntsville Marathon hosted approximately 2,000 runners on September 17. The USATF certified course began near the top of Monte Cristo, and descended some 3,800 feet with runners crossing the finish line at Huntsville Town Park.
Jim Facer said, “We put on another great race and, counting this year, we will have donated over $300,000 to local non-profits.”
This year’s organizing committee included Jim and Candis Facer, Mayor Jim Truett, Dave and Marsha Smith, Richard Sorensen, John and Melissa Lewis, Tommy Lee, and Huntsville Town Councilman Mike Engstrom.
The impetus for the race initially was to raise funds for the town. Last year the town was able to purchase a new $138,000 International dump truck and snowplow solely with proceeds from the Huntsville marathon. Incidentally, the last new vehicle the town purchased was a Ford snow plow truck in 1997, which is still in use today.
Marathon committee member Candy Facer thanked the Valley community for being wonderful volunteers. “The Marathon would not be possible without these devoted volunteers . . . over 450 of them,” Facer quipped.
It is said, “The world is hugged by the faithful arms of a volunteer.” “We know that is true when we hear from our runners what an incredible job our volunteers did. The Snowcrest cheerleaders and the Snowcrest National Junior Honor Society members were incredible, and special thanks to Valley Elementary’s 6th-grade class, which helped stuff 2,000 goodie bags,” Facer stated.
“Each runner has a story of why they are there, but our volunteers have their own stories also.” Facer continued, “This year we had a female runner who arrived at the monastery water stop more than 5 hours after start time. She was exhausted and was going to give up. Volunteer Jessica Schroeder, who was dressed in a skeleton costume and flip flops, told the runner that she would walk with the marathoner the last few miles. The two crossed the finish line at about start time +6:30, greeted by members of the marathon committee.”
Valley Elementary and Snowcrest Junior High School were awarded a total of $9,000, making the total donations to Valley schools over the past five years $49,000!
Weber Fire District received $500 in support of fallen firefighters and firefighters with cancer. Local station 65 firefighter Scott Haney ran the full marathon to raise awareness for the cause. Haney carried an extra 50 pounds as he ran in complete gear, including an oxygen tank.
Weber Sherriff’s Office also received $500 to be used for deputies and their families who are experiencing potentially terminal medical issues. Nearly 50 deputies helped with the marathon on their day off, and the majority did not accept pay. They love the valley and look forward to helping with the marathon each year.
Huntsville Marathon Donations