Mickey Wilson, of Heber City finished second in 1:14:34, and Marty Wacker, from Grand Junction, Colo., who took second in the 2012 race, shaved his time by two minutes to place third in 1:18:12.
Kara Henry of Boulder, Colo., was the top female finisher with a time of 1:24:44. Second place in the women’s division went to Lindsay Walsh of Park City, who finished with a time of 1:28:08.
Lauren Atkinson was the top Moab runner with a time of 1:44:39.
Monument Valley runner Granville Wilson, the oldest race participant at the age of 83, finished the event with a time of 2:38:34.
This year, more than 1,100 runners officially finished the 13.1-mile race, organizers said in a news release.
Race temperatures started in the low 40s and rose to the high 60s, and along with a steady cloud cover, helped to create ideal running conditions, race organizers said. The sun broke through in time to warm race participants and spectators at the finish line party at Sorrel River Ranch & Resort.
Colorado sisters Sarah and Katie Henry returned for their second year.
“Great weather, food and the fun music at the [f]inish. I love Moab and this course really shows off the beauty of this area,” Sarah Henry said.
Katie Henry was focused on besting her sister’s time.
“Two years ago my older sister beat me, but that was ok because I loved the course. This year I wanted to even the score and I did! I guess we’ll have to come back again for best two out of three!”
Race director Ranna Bieschke praised race staff and volunteers for their efforts.
“Mother Nature was perfectly cooperative and, as usual, my stellar staff and volunteer crew provided the participants with another fantastic event for number 10,” she said. “We are looking forward to ten more!”
Andrew Welhouse from Chicago, came to Moab to celebrate his second wedding anniversary but added the half-marathon to his itinerary.
“I did a search of events to see what was happening in Moab while my wife and I were planning our trip. I found this race and registered right away,” he said. “Within the first half-mile I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the course and the energy of the runners. That has never happened to me in a race before. I had to really focus on my pace because I felt myself slowing down and becoming distracted by the scenery.”
Bieschke said she and her staff are looking forward to the Moab Half Marathon’s fourth and final race of the year, the Winter Sun 10K, on Dec.7. That race, which follows a course that is primarily downhill, starts at the Moab Golf Course and ends at Grand County High School. Register online at www.moabhalfmarathon.com.