HUNTSVILLE, Weber — Jim Truett wants the rest of the world to see what an amazing training run he enjoys.
So the mayor of Huntsville talked to some friends, Jim and Katie Facer, and shared with them a vision that included a marathon that started in the Monte Cristo Range area and ended in the Huntsville Town Park.
"There are a lot of events that happen up here in our valley," said Truett, who will run the half marathon in Saturday morning's inaugural Full Monte Marathon event. "But very few of them are part of the valley. I love running down Monte and coming down in the fall, seeing the beautiful vibrant colors, it's stunning."
Race organizers stopped taking registrations on Sept. 15, and Truett said they had to turn away about 250 runners.
"When we formed the committee, we were thinking if we got 400 to 500 runners, wow. We've got 1,400 runners signed up and anticipate 3,000 next year. I think we have something special."
The event benefits the town of Huntsville, which is the only incorporated city in the Ogden Valley. The town is home to about 800 people, but many more spend time there, enjoying the almost endless recreational opportunities.
Truett said he didn't begin running long distances until his mid-30s. He keeps running because it gives him "peace of mind."
"It's really the only time I can relax," he said.
He said he hopes those who will join him in running from Monte Cristo to Huntsville Saturday morning will enjoy the scenery as much as he does.
"It's absolutely breath-taking," he said. "It's fairly downhill, it's gorgeous and it's a Boston Qualifier. I've got goose bumps just talking about it, and I can't wait."
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