Friday, May 23, 2008

Runners due Saturday for US Half Marathon

On resort courses

The Dollar Mountain parking lot is the staging area for Saturday's fourth annual US Half Marathon/Sun Valley event, expected to draw more than 150 runners to the Idaho mountain resort over Memorial Day weekend.

Courses offered include the 13.1-mile half marathon distance (starting at 9 a.m.), the 12-kilometer (7.4-mile, 9:30 a.m.) run and the 5k (3.1-mile, 9:30 a.m.) route—all proceeding along pavement in the resort.

Also planned at 11 a.m. is a kids' event with short courses. They are 100 yards for ages 4-5, 200 yards for ages 6-7 and 400 yards for the 8-9 age group.

Packet pickup is today, Friday from 3-6 p.m. at Sun Valley Inn. Or you can collect your packet and register Saturday from 7:30-8:30 a.m. There will be prizes for top runners.

Saturday's event is produced in partnership with the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Sun Valley Wellness Festival. Sign up at

Last year, there were 155 finishers in the half marathon, 45 at 12k and 22 at 5k. Half marathon winners were Brad Mitchell (1.23:53) and Julie Bryan (1.30:29). The 12k winners were Matthew Minas (55:05) and Jamey Allsop (56:24).

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