Moving on. The St. George Marathon registration opens April 1. This is also a lottery, but my chances of getting in are much greater than the aforementioned dumb (uh huh) race. I actually am excited about running this race. I camped in Salt Lake City while driving across country with a girlfriend after college and it is one of the most beautiful (and cleanest) places on the planet. The scenery is magnificent and the course is seriously downhill. You lose 2,500 feet in altitude from start to finish. This isn't as easy as it sounds because pounding down hills can shred your quadricep muscles. But, I'm always game for a challenge.