Sand Hollow Marathon boasts ‘most scenic course in the known universe’

This photo from 2015 shows a runner on the course of the Sand Hollow Marathon, Hurricane, Utah, circa March 2015 | Photo courtesy of Red Dog Events, St. George News

HURRICANE The sixth annual Sand Hollow Marathon will take place Saturday starting at 7 a.m. and will feature runners from all over the country and parts of Canada.

The loop course will start and end in Hurricane and loop around Sand Hollow Reservoir providing what race director, Chris Mathisen, of Red Dog Events, called “the most scenic course in the known universe.”

This photo from 2015 shows runners on the course of the Sand Hollow Marathon, Hurricane, Utah, circa March 2015 | Photo courtesy of Red Dog Events, St. George News
This photo from 2015 shows runners on the course of the Sand Hollow Marathon, Hurricane, Utah, circa March 2015 | Photo courtesy of Red Dog Events, St. George News

“Of course that is self-proclaimed,” Mathisen said of his course description.

Though it is not a downhill course, what it lacks in relative ease, it more than makes up for in breathtaking views and a small-town intimate feel, Mathisen said.

This year’s race has about 150 people signed up to tackle the beautiful course in three divisions; full marathon, two-person relay and wheelchair/hand cycle division.

One of the unique features of the Sand Hollow Marathon is the option of a two-person relay for those who only want to run a half and have fun with a friend, Mathisen said.

Competing in the hand cycle division is Travis Wood, a teacher in Cedar City and Afghanistan veteran who lost his legs in the service, Mathisen said. As a tribute to his heroism, the hand cycle division award has been named the Travis Wood Award and future hand cycle participants will have the opportunity to compete to win the prestigious award.

“After going through something like that, he has since moved on with his life,” Mathisen said of Wood. “I’ve got to hand it to him.”

Hurricane Mayor John Bramall will start the race which begins at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 West at 7 a.m. Packet pick up will take place Friday from 6-9 p.m. and again Saturday from 6-6:30 a.m. at the Hurricane Community Center.

The race is sponsored by Jones Paint and Glass, a company that Mathisen credits with helping keep the race going year after year.

Racers will receive on-course support, finish line refreshments, a quality shirt and beautiful race medal.

“Everything we do is geared toward a great running experience,” Mathisen said.

Event details

  • What: Sand Hollow Marathon
  • When: Saturday, March 19, 7 a.m. start | Packet pick up: Friday, March 18, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 6-6:30 a.m.
  • Where: Start, Finish and Packet pick up at the Hurricane Community Center, 63 S. 100 West, Hurricane, see course map
  • Sand Hollow Marathon: Website | Facebook

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