Described as an early-season race with breathtaking American Southwest scenery, and fresh, crisp spring air, the Ironman 70.3 in St. George, UT is considered, “the toughest race I have ever done. I did a full last year and it was easier than this half. I have done three difficult ones, but St. George is so much tougher. I was good until Snow Canyon … about killed me for the run. They say St. George is the second toughest race there is and I believe it, but what could possibly be the number 1 toughest??? Love the town and the people!!”
Most people who know St. George, UT think hot, hot, hot … so it’s probably a “best kept secret” this corner of the state can be pretty cool – temperature wise – in the winter months. Of course, if you are coming to St. George from Chicago, Wyoming or Seattle, you may not agree but for those of us who live here …. brrrrr!!!
It’s an early morning adventure but well worth your time to get out of bed and make the 35-mile drive to enjoy the popular Mesquite Balloon Festival on the weekend of January 26-28, 2018. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. (Pacific Time), you’ll find more than 40 brightly colored balloons filling the crisp, clear blue sky over the Virgin Valley community with the Stars and Stripes balloon leading the way.
The annual harvest celebration – known as the Enterprise Corn Fest – is a happy combination of “county-fair” type activities during the day and dancing to live music at night; a vintage car show; and the best corn-on-the-cob ever fresh from the fields … all in a small town America setting. But that’s not all! Besides corn eating, sure-to-please events throughout the day also include a softball and volleyball tournament, mechanical bull, half-marathon and 5k, booths, Dutch oven dinner, and live entertainment.
The Washington County Fair has been an eagerly anticipated event here in the “land of awes” for 157 years despite its several names and locations before settling into its permanent home in 1997 – 20 “awe”some year ago – at the Regional Fair Park. The Fair’s location is 3 miles east off the I-15 freeway Exit 40 – or about 15 miles from downtown St. George.
Farmers markets are one of those community events which reflect the old saying, “everything old is new again” and the St. George area has two really good ones – both held on Saturday morning (weather permitting) – worth mentioning.
The Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday Saturday from mid-May to the end of October, 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Ancestor Square, located on the northwest corner of St. George Blvd. and Main Street.
The Hurricane Easter Car show – on the weekend of April 14-15 in the city by the same name – has become a sure sign of springtime here in color country, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil says on February 2. Sponsored in its 33rd year by the 20-year-old non-profit Rotary Club of Hurricane Valley, at the heart of this amazing family-friendly event is a display of hundreds of hot rods, street rods, classic and restored cars of every size, shape, model and paint job! Collectors from every corner of the Beehive State as well as from neighboring Western states join with Rotarians and local business people to welcome as many as 10,000 nearby residents and visitors to the 2-day event held at the at the Hurricane Community Center, 100 W. 100 South in downtown Hurricane City
Now in its second year, the noisy, fun and high energy Side x Side Adventure Rally at Sand Hollow is a family friendly event, featuring guided trail rides, including rock crawling as well as less technical scenic rides in and around Sand Hollow State Park. SXS Adventure Rally will be held November 10-12 in Hurricane, UT.
Residents, passers-thru or vacationers in southern Utah are invited to test drive the latest in outdoor recreational “machines” from the top manufacturers, take guided trail rides around Sand Hollow, get fed and meet new people. The weather at this time of year is expected to be a sunny 65 degrees … perfect for riding our beautiful red rock countryside.
Sand Hollow State Park will be open for riding at approximately 2 p.m. at a cost of $10 day per vehicle.
After a fabulous day enjoying our spectacular terrain, your Southern Utah vacation home-away-from-home will be waiting for you back at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Resort Rentals so, register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or at laspalmasresortcondos.com. We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!
The new Thunder Junction All Abilities Park, located at the confluence of Dixie Drive and Tonaquint Drive, is designed specifically for children with disabilities who now no longer have to sit on the sidelines. This special 2.5 acre accessible-to-everyone theme park took 3-years and $5 million to complete and includes sensory-rich dinosaur themed play equipment, double wide slides, ramps and wheelchair-accessible soft floors. Thunder Junction also features a make believe 20-foot volcano, a half-scale train which provides a 2,700 foot ride around the park, and colorful tile murals made up of the hands of children of all ages who helped build the park.
This “most unique” park in the state of Utah recently became a reality through a partnership in which the City of St. George spent $3 million and the community – including businesses, non-profit organizations, clubs and individuals – donated more than $2 million to provide the incredible social, physical, and emotional benefits of play to all children, whether they live life with or without disabilities.
If you have little ones along during your time in St. George, a trip to the park will be fun and memorable. What will also be memorable will be a week or month in your comfortable vacation home-away-from-home, so register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.
Kudos for the 39-year old St. George Marathon, held annually on the first Saturday in October (this year held on October 1), include Runner’s World magazine’s designation among the 10 Most Scenic Marathons, Fastest Marathons and the Top 20 Marathons in the USA. The St. George Marathon is also called one of four “marathons to build a vacation around.” Based on surveys of runners, Runner’s World magazine also named the St. George Marathon, the Most Organized Marathon, in part due to its tremendous volunteer support.
The 13th largest marathon in the United States accommodates up to 7,400 runners – men and women from around the state, the nation and the world – selected by random lottery from among the many thousands who register to run the race within the six hour limit.
The St. George Marathon, hosted by the City of St. George, begins in the beautiful Pine Valley mountains at an altitude of 5,240 feet, then drops nearly 2600 feet as you run along State Highway 18 through spectacular scenic southwest Utah, ending at Vernon Worthen Park (at an altitude of 2680 feet) in the center of St. George. What makes this USA Track and Field Certified and Sanctioned races one of the 10 Most Scenic Marathons is certainly running past the majestic Snow Canyon State Park with its picturesque formations of spectacular white, pink, and red sandstone and black basalt, a favorite backdrop in a few major motion pictures and TV commercials.
There’s no question how the St. George Marathon earned its reputation. We’ve also earned a reputation for comfortable, affordable vacation resort living at the 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals. Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.