On Saturday July 30th the Inaugural Morgan Valley Marathon will make its mark! This exciting event will include the 26.2 Marathon, a half marathon and a 5k fun run.
This has been a dream in the making for the past few years. The idea began among a group of friends who love to run the roads of our beautiful Morgan Valley. These roads have been the training ground for many other marathons and they always had the thought “How wonderful it would be to have a marathon here in Morgan!”
With 50 marathons between them, they know what is needed for a great race and Morgan has it! The beauty, fresh air and majestic mountains are the perfect backdrop for a marathon. A small town with great community support is just what is needed to host an exciting event like this!
The dream became a reality with help from the Morgan County Fair Board. This year will mark the centennial celebration of the Morgan County Fair, The Biggest little Fair in Utah. The Fair Board wanted to do something big, something different and wonderful that would involve the community and draw other communities to this monumental event! What better way to kick off and celebrate such a historic event than with the 1st Morgan Valley Marathon! Only you’ll have to set your cowboy boots aside and put on your running shoes to participate in the Biggest little marathon in Utah!
All the races begin and end at the Morgan County Fairgrounds which will eliminate the need for bussing to the starting line. The marathon and half marathon will loop through the beautiful valley with mountain views, rivers and countryside around every bend. Finishers will receive a technical shirt, medal and amazing schwag bag. The 5k runners will receive a shirt and commemorative Morgan County Fair pin. There will be prizes given throughout the day to the runners along with awards and recognition for the winners. There will be a Healthy Living Expo the evening before the marathon with a pre-race spaghetti dinner hosted by the Morgan County Fair. The day of the race will include the expo, food and activities for all to enjoy.
Much time, effort and planning has gone into making this a day to remember for all those involved. Many companies, businesses and individuals are supporting the marathon and have become sponsors, with Holcim Inc. as the Title sponsor. There are many volunteers needed to make this great event. If you are interested in volunteering please visit the marathon website and click on volunteer. What a great way to participate if you are unable to run! With all this wonderful support we know the marathon will be a great success.
In all of our preparation and planning we believe and are striving to make a difference. We know that running can change lives, helping us to be healthier and happier. We want to give people the opportunity to set a goal, train for it and feel the great success in accomplishing it. Nothing can compare to running and finishing a marathon! Come make your mark in the 1st Morgan Valley Marathon. Crossing the finish line is just the beginning….
For more information and to get involved or register (the first 500 registrants will be accepted into the marathon and half marathon) visit www.morganvalleymarathon.com