ST. GEORGE – After nine daily clues and one bonus clue, the Summit Rock was found by St. George resident Westton Anderson on Friday at approximately 10:35 a.m.
The rock, which was hidden in Washington County by Summit Athletic Club owner Joe Levine, was worth $5,000 or $10,000 to the person who found it, depending on whether or not they were members of Summit Athletic Club.
Anderson is not a member of the gym, so he won the lesser amount but was also awarded free membership for himself and his wife, Cheri, and their children, Dallen, 4, and Lydia, 2.
You could say that Anderson fell into his winnings.
“I was looking for the rock and I fell into a bush and got my foot stuck,” he said. “I saw a rock that looked similar to the Summit Rock and figured it probably wasn’t but I flipped it over anyway, and that was the rock.”
Anderson was searching an empty lot across the street and down from the new Dairy Queen, next to the Sunbrook Golf Course, when he tripped and fell. The rock was next to the river’s edge, which explains the clue stating the rock was “on Riverside.”
Anderson tried using his phone to call the required number, but his phone shut off in the middle of the call. Since he was stuck, he yelled over to his buddy and used his phone to call in.
Thanks to social media, Anderson became pretty popular right away.
“I’ve been hearing from people I haven’t heard from in years,” he said.
The idea for hiding the rock and encouraging others to look for it was hatched by Shelli and Joe Levine last year. They sponsored a similar search in 2013 and mapped out a hiding place, which happened to be right across the river from the Summit Athletic Club’s original location, off of River Road in St. George.
Last year’s event drew a lot of people. But the response this year was overwhelming.
Moms pushing strollers, men in their dress shirts and ties and groups of young people could be seen all along River Road and Dixie Drive, roads near the two locations of the gyms, searching for the rock.
People used their cell phones to read, reread or listen to clues they’d recorded from one of five Canyon Media radio stations that announced the daily clues.
Anderson said he enjoyed taking his son Dallen out to hunt for the rock. He had some good father and son time, he said. But he realized that if he was going to get serious about finding the rock, he would have to cover some difficult terrain.
Besides the rock, there were several $50 bills hidden around the community. They were found taped to fire hydrants, under tables, on electrical boxes and storefront windows.
“At Summit, we wanted to get people active and create a memory,” Joe Levine said.
The search for this year’s rock did create some problems for local businesses as seekers walked through private property and monopolized business parking trying to get a shot at finding the rock.
“Next year, we will work tighter with the city and local business owners,” Joe Levine said.
People were also seen helping the community during their hunts for the rock by picking up trash along bike paths and streams.
Anderson said he is not sure yet what he will do with the money. He didn’t expect to find the rock so he didn’t really think about what to spend it on. For now, he said the money will go into savings.
Dallen, however, knows exactly what he wants to do with the money: He wants his dad to buy a boat.
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