Couple SMEIt’s hard to market all of Sedona’s assets with the limited marketing budget that we have, but the aspect of wellness and fitness is embodied in all our branding.

Sedona is known as a place to become your best, and challenge yourself physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually.  Athletes understand this better than anyone.

Couple this with the fact that our higher elevation is sought after by runners who are striving to train at peak levels, then add our spectacular scenery and you have a perfect destination for runners and race enthusiasts.

 

SME loveHow do you combine traveling the globe with your goal to get or keep fit?

The answer: destination marathons. Surging in popularity like never before, destination marathons and half marathons are popping up in almost every corner of the world.

From the Antarctic Ice Marathon to the Great Wall Marathon, to the Honolulu Marathon adventurists, marathoners, and walkers are exploring the world on their own two feet-one step at a time.
 

Marathon little girlThere is a whole range of people who are using marathons as launch pads for mini vacations. They sign-up for a race in a city they want to visit and invite their friends and family to join them and cheer them on.

Entire Travel Agencies are dedicated to this rapidly growing industry. This year, the Sedona Marathon registrations are currently up 250% compared to this same time last year – and nearly 70% of those registrants are new participants.  This event is an important economic generator for our community and in 2012, it generated $1.5 million is direct spending in Sedona.

This year’s race is on target to be the biggest and the best in its history.

2011A boutique race, the Sedona Marathon is entering its 8th year in February.  During its seven-year history, the Sedona Marathon has quickly gained international recognition, not only for its breathtaking course but also as a training opportunity.  With Sedona’s high elevation (4,500 ft.) and winding weaving course, it will surely be an adventure worth experiencing year after year!  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.”

602440_3879578840070_2034658463_nRunners, joggers and walkers will participate in either the 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon which will take the racers through what Good Morning America has named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Places in the United States.

What they won’t be surrounded by is overwhelming crowds or traffic.

The Sedona Marathon is a smaller more intimate race where personal goals are made and friends and family are welcome.
The 8th Annual Sedona Marathon will take place on February 2, 2013. For details and registration information visit SedonaMarathon.com or call 928-204-1123.  RUN. WALK. CHEER. SPONSOR. VOLUNTEER.

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