More than 1,200 runners from across the country came to Page to take part in the Lake Powell Half Marathon on Oct. 9.
The 13.1-mile race, which started at John C. Page Park and finished near Stateline Ramp in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, was won by Steven Cornelius from Valparaiso, Florida, in a time of 1:13:34.
Cornelius was nearly 11 minutes faster than second-place Trevor Walker from LeChee, who crossed the line in 1:24:11. Ana Calderon from San Diego, California, was first among the women with a time of 1:34:01.
The event also drew about 40 runners from Page. Local athlete Brandon Dugi finished in fourth place overall at 1:27:57, while Randolph Curley was sixth overall and first in the 35-39 age group at 1:28:43.
Participants expressed enthusiasm about the event and the location. Debrah Reidel from Ridgefield, Washington, described the course as “fantastic and beautiful” and said race organizers Vacation Races always did a great job with their events.
“It’s our first time in Page, and this is my first time at Lake Powell also. It’s beautiful here,” she said.
For Jonathan Rigual, who traveled all the way from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the race was his second half marathon.
“I thought everything was amazing. The route was good. We wanted to come to here for the scenery, and we got that during the half marathon,” he said.
“Just being able to see the formations and just being out of state, it’s nice.”
Don Campbell, a 70-year-old runner from Phoenix, Arizona, finished with a time of 3:26:40. He said he’s done “around 700 or 800” half marathons over the years.
“The race was fantastic. Beautiful day, perfect weather,” he said. “No better place to be than in Page.”