Registration rates for Sedona Marathon go up Jan. 1

SEDONA - Time is running out. The Sedona Marathon regular registration rates expire Dec. 31 at midnight, participants who register after that will be paying the late registration fee.

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, along with the entire Sedona area, will welcome thousands of runners, their families and friends for a weekend of fierce competition and neighborly camaraderie.

One of the signature community events in Sedona, each year runners and walkers come from near and far to take part in the week-long festivities.

More than 2,000 runners and walkers will participate in 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon races which will take the racers through the scenic Coconino National Forest District, known for its magical red rock formations, and onto the streets of what Good Morning America has chosen as one of the Top 10 most beautiful cities in the United States. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an expo featuring vendors, artists and live performers that will entertain and inspire. Other Sedona Marathon events include a special training clinic on Feb. 2 with Team USA Arizona Coach Greg McMillan and his team of potential Olympians, independent film Hood to Coast in partnership with the Sedona Film Festival and a traditional pasta feed sponsored by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. For a full listing of events please go to www.sedonamarathon.com.

During its six-year history, the Sedona Marathon has quickly gained international recognition, not only for its breathtaking course but also as training opportunity.

It has drawn several Olympic competitors including Beijing Triathlon Silver Medal winner Simon Whitfield and 2012 Olympic hopeful Ryan Hall.

Japanese sports reporter Hajime Nishi has named the event one of his top ten favorite worldwide marathons, and National Geographic Adventurer Magazine featured it as one of the great "instant weekend adventures."

Featuring four races, the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races, participants are able to walk in all four races. One of the hallmarks of the Sedona Marathon is that participants come from all walks of life. Last year the youngest "athlete" on this breathtaking course was 3 and the oldest was 84.

The seventh annual Sedona Marathon will take place on Feb. 4, 2012.

Sign up by Dec. 31, to take advantage of current registration rates.

For details and registration information go to www.sedonamarathon.com or call 877-778-4397.

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