‘Find the Summit Rock’ hunt officially underway. Do you have your shirt?

The Summit Athletic Club and Canyon Media "Find the Summit Rock" hunt kicked off May 29, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Summit Athletic Club, St. George News

FEATURE —  The hunt for the area’s most exclusive geologic treasure is back on during the Summit Athletic Club and Canyon Media “Find the Summit Rock” contest.

This 2018 file photo shows Kena Sullivan and her husband, who are $10,000 richer after finding rock No. 1 in Summit Athletic Club’s ‘Find the Rock’ contest, Washington, Utah, Nov. 2, 2018 | File photo courtesy of Summit Athletic Club, St. George News.

The first clues were released Wednesday morning for the first of three mini-rock hunts leading up to the big hunt on Monday. Summit owner Joe Levine said he can’t wait to see all the families coming together for exercise and fun to start off the summer – especially if they’re dressed in that all-important red Summit T-shirt, which can double the values of the rocks if the winners are wearing one.

Read more: Start summer off with fun – and some exercise in disguise – on the ‘Find the Summit Rock’ hunt

Levine told St. George News that since the first time they envisioned starting the contest while standing across the street from his Southern Utah health club eight years ago, it has always been about exercise and being healthy, but now – and maybe even more importantly – it has become about spending quality time with families.

“It’s contagious,” he said about the annual competition that turned an old fashioned scavenger hunt into a riddle-solving exercise adventure that everyone can get out and enjoy.

Levine said it brings people together with several positive outcomes.

“They’re not just using their legs, they’re using their minds.”

For Summit employees, the best part of the competition is hearing the stories of people being out with their families, adding that some people who may not normally get out much are now seeing different parts of St. George prompted by their kids waking them up in the morning excitedly saying “Let’s go hunting.”

It is a great activity for people of all ages, Levine said. Over the years he has heard from many grandparents who previously had trouble relating to their grandkids but who found that working together to solve the clues has been a good way for them to connect with each other.

“Something like that is priceless,” he said. “Your kids or your grandkids actually want to do something with you.”

The search for the first of three mini rocks began Wednesday morning with the release of the first clue on KONY Country’s “Marty and Amy in the morning” show, and more clues will be released exclusively to listeners of 99.9 KONY Country95.9 The HawkPlanet 105.1, 96X and Sunny 101.5 every two hours beginning at 8 a.m each day until all three mini rocks are found.

Official shirt for the 2019 Summit Athletic Club and Canyon Media “Find the Summit Rock” competition, date and location unspecified, St. George, Utah | Photo by Aaron Crane, St. George News

The search for the $500 mini rocks is meant to get people to get back in top rock hunting shape and be fun, Levine said, but he hopes everyone will also pick up and be wearing the official Summit hunt T-shirt so he can make their day even better by doubling their prize to $1000. Only a very limited number of shirts will be available this time around, so make sure to get yours before they run out.

“It gets people out there exercising that don’t realize exercise makes them feel better,” he said, adding that being active releases endorphins that can make a person feel really good in a natural and healthy way.

Beyond the double value of the rocks, Levine said anyone who purchases a shirt is also eligible for a free month membership at their clubs.

“We’re passionate about them feeling better and doing better and having fun.”

The main hunt for the $5,000 rock – $10,000 for anyone wearing their official 2019 Summit T-shirt – will start Monday.

In this 2018 file photo, Tai Murray celebrates with his daughter and KONY DJ Amy Chesley after finding the fifth rock in the Summit Athletic Club ‘Find the Rock’ contest, St. George, Utah, Nov. 9, 2018 | File photo Courtesy of KONY, St. George News

KONY DJ Amy Chesley said she loves the contest and has been counting down the days for the hunt to begin, even scheduling a recent surgery so she wouldn’t miss out on the fun.

“It brings families out. I love walking the trails and seeing families with their kids and just laughing and having fun,” Chesley said.

“Plus, I love scavenger hunts, so I get out there with the rest of them. I’m sometimes the last one out there. That’s how dedicated I am.”

For the most up-to-date clues and information download the app here or learn more details by visiting the 2019 “Find the Summit Rock” hunt website.

Written by ANDREW PINCKNEY, St. George News

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Resources

  • Summit Athletic Club: Website | Facebook | Telephone 435-628-5000
    • St. George locations:
      • 1532 E. 1450 South.
      • 963 S. Bluff St.
      • 1973 W. Sunset Blvd.

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