With just days to go before the running of this year's Deseret News/Granite Furniture marathon and 10K, race organizers remind participants again that the final pre-race clinic will be held Thursday at In Soles running store in the Foothill Village.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Russ Toronto, prominent sports medicine physician, who will discuss injury prevention. Toronto's presentation, with a question and answer session, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Afterward, local elite runner Robin Masters will lead a short run followed by refreshments. The clinic is free to the public. For information on the clinic, contact Linda Mulkey at In Soles, 1-801-582-1919.
Co-race director Lauren Jacobsen reports that registration appears headed for a healthy increase over last year. As of Tuesday, registrants for the marathon totaled 680. Six days before the 1999 race, marathon registration was at 521. Likewise, 10K participation is at 1,937. It was 1,012 at the same time in 1999. Another huge increase is shaping up for the 5K fitness walk, with 310 already registered. Only 89 had registered for the 5K at this time last year.
Part of the increase in the 5K is due to members of the American Veterinary Medical Association, who are in town with 5,000 participants for their annual convention. Members of the AVMA usually stage their own road race but have elected this year to participate in the Deseret News/Granite Furniture events.
Runners can still register but only Saturday and Sunday at the Marriott University Park Hotel on Wakara Way in the University of Utah Research Park. Race officials will be in the hotel lobby from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
"We usually register about 25 percent of our participants on the last two days," said Jacobsen, "so we know we're going to be busy."
Late registration is $35 for the marathon and $25 for the 10K, but the 5K Fitness Walk remains at $12 for adults and $5 for children. Included is a race T-shirt and race souvenir. Walk participants begin at 7 a.m. at the Delta Center proceeding south on 300 West to 300 South then east to 200 East which is the parade route. They then follow the parade route to the finish line at Liberty Park along with the marathon and 10K runners.
"The 5K walk is a perfect way to enjoy the day and get some good exercise too. Who knows, maybe they'll be ready for the 10K next year," said co-race director Scott Kerr, also special events manager for Salt Lake County.
For information, call (801) 468-2299.