The quaint, historic town of Kanab, Utah, was filled with shakers and movers over the weekend. However, it was not the movie making elite running through the streets of “Little Hollywood”; it was runners and race volunteers that were the stars of this production. It was action time for Kanab’s inaugural Little Hollywood Half Marathon.
It was still dark at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. There was a chill in the air with the thermometer indicating 60 degrees. The streets were unusually busy for the quiet little town as runners made their way to the shuttle that would take them to the starting line to participate in the Little Hollywood Half Marathon.
The Little Hollywood Half Marathon was organized as a fundraising event for the Symphony of the Canyons. Twenty-five years ago, Kortney Stirland, put together a group of musicians to perform in the town of Kanab. More than 200 concerts later, Symphony of the Canyons continues to share the joy of music with residents and visitors alike.
Runners were adorned with a beautiful finisher medal commemorating the accomplishment of completing the Little Hollywood Half Marathon. A good old-fashioned hearty offering of biscuits and gravy along with juice and fruit were plentiful. As runners replenished, they were treated to a performance by the Symphony of the Canyons. Although it was the first take, it seems certain there will be a sequel to the Little Hollywood Half Marathon.