Mesa Falls Marathon
20 years ago, Dave Jacobson or “Jake, his evil twin, as he would say” was involved with the race that was held before the 4th of July parade. Well, following that race one year Keith Nyborg approached Jake at church and suggested and encouraged him to start a marathon during the fall. So, the fourth Saturday in August was picked. The first Mesa Falls Marathonhad 11 runners, and Curt Judy drove all 11 up to the start of the race. There was also a relay but was dropped after two years and added the half marathon instead. This was also the time when Dennis and Jodi Aslett came on board and became the race directors for about 10 years. As the race progressed and grew the trail changed going from two miserable hills to only one. After this change, Mesa Falls Marathon gained a lot of compliments and raves over Mile14; in fact this spot was talked about so much that it gained attention from Competitor Magazinein Oct. 2010 with a write up about Mile 14, Mesa Falls Marathon, and Ashton. This is a popular running/triathlon magazine.
This year for the 20th Anniversarywe are excited to have guests Ryan and Sara Hall be at our celebration! Husband and wife are two of America’s Premier distance runners. Both were California high school superstars and All-Americans at Stanford University (where they met). Ryan has posted the best-ever American times in the Half Marathon and Marathon and has represented the US in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Sara was the 2012 US National Cross Country Champion and a Gold Medalist at the Pan-American Games in the steeplechase. She has represented the US at three World Indoor Track and Field Championships and a World Cross Country Championship.
Mesa Falls Marathon has changed from the first couple of years with more people jumping on board to help. Lynda Kerbs and Patty Litton started the runners breakfast their legacy continues with volunteers showing up at 3am that morning at the Elementary School to serve breakfast to the runners. Also, Lindsay Palmer started the Family Fun Run, 5K, and a few years ago a 10K was added to the agenda. The Friday evening before the Mesa Falls Marathon, there is a spaghetti/baked potato dinner for everyone @ 5pm for $5/person. And of course, who can forget the reason why half of those marathon runners even finish the race, but to enjoy a famous huckleberry shake from our old fashioned soda fountain at Five 11 Main. So as one can see a simple idea has blossomed into an annual event; being the 20th Anniversarythis year, going from a couple of volunteers and 11 runners to over 100 volunteers and almost 600 runners from almost every state and several countries. Mesa Falls and Ashton have definitely become a destination during the 4th weekend of August. Please check out their website @ www.mesafallsmarathon.com-Volunteers are still needed this weekend! Please call Jake @ 652-7771 or @ 652-7338 if you are able to help this weekend.