Going to the dogs: Gorgeous day at Dogtown Races in Washington City

Dogtown Races/Dogtown Half Marathon, Washington, Utah, Feb. 13, 2016 | Photo by Shelly Griffin, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — The sixth edition of the Dogtown Races featured hundreds of runners, glorious weather and cheerful volunteers Saturday morning.

dogtown-logoThe event, which featured a kids 5K, a half-marathon and a full marathon starting on a trail (dubbed the “Double-Dog Dare”), started at various sites in the city with all events ending at Staheli Farms.

“This is a fun event and we try to make it a really beautiful course,” said Washington City Events Coordinator Dustin Halterman. “We like to call it the New Year’s resolution run, to hopefully help people get fit in the new year. It’s a fun family event and with it ending at Staheli Farm, families can recreate there as well.”

The biggest draw for the event was the half-marathon, with nearly 400 runners participating, including St. George News’ own Hollie Reina.

There were also several hundred volunteers from local church groups, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and elementary schools on hand to offer aide and cups of water and Gatorade.

“This is the first year we’ve moved the race up to President’s Day weekend, so the numbers were down a little bit,” Halterman said. “But I still think in the long run, this will draw more traffic and get more people out and running in our beautiful city. By Wednesday or Thursday of next week, we’ll be starting registration for next year.”

For race results, click here.

We’ve put together a photo gallery of some of the scenes from the Dogtown Races:

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