Utah Valley Marathon (UVM) is an
annual marathon foot-race in
Northern Utah currently held on the
second Saturday of June.The marathon
course is USA Track & Field (USATF)
certified and is a Boston Marathon
qualifier. It is also part of the
Utah Grand Slam. The race was
started in 2008 by Hyrum Oaks and
Jeremiah West. The inaugural
marathon was held on April 12, 2008.
In 2009, the race was moved to the
second Saturday in June where it
remains today. In 2008, there were
120 marathon runners. In 2009, the
number of marathon runners grew to
748. Since 2009, the marathon has
been part of the Utah Grand Slam.
race is run mostly by volunteers.
The Children with Cancer Christmas
Foundation and Deseret International
are the two charities. The Children
with Cancer Christmas foundation has
been part of the race since its
inception in 2008. In 2010, Deseret
International has been added as a
second charitable recipient. Every
year since its inception, the event
has included a 5K. In 2010, a
half-marathon race is being added.
The 26 mile 385 yard course runs
through Wasatch and Utah Counties.
The race begins in Wallsburg, UT at
an elevation of 5,963 feet (1,818
meters) and heads northwest through
Wallsburg along Highway 222. At the
intersection of U.S. Route 189, the
course turns west and follows the
Deer Creek Reservoir until U.S.
Route 189 reaches Provo Canyon. The
race continues southwest through
Provo Canyon along the Provo River
until the road merges with
University Avenue (U.S. Route 189)
in Orem. The race continues south
along University Avenue through Orem
and Provo until the finish line at
the intersection of University
Avenue and Center Street at an
elevation of 4,504 feet (1,373
2010 Utah Valley Marathon
accommodated 2,000 marathon runners.
The marathon begins at 6:00 AM
(MDT). 2010 was the first year that
a non-Utah resident won either the
men or women's marathon race. Prior
to Hillary Kibet Cheruiyot (Kenya)
winning the men's 2010 race and
Claudia Camargo-Nero (A New York
resident from Argentina) winning the
women's 2010 race, only United
States born, Utah residents had won
the marathon race for either gender.