December 7, 2022

Familiar faces Ashley Paulson and Jonathan Kotter win Deseret News Marathon

SALT LAKE CITY — Both winners of this year’s Deseret News Marathon picked up memorable victories on Saturday.

St. George runner Ashley Paulson won the women’s race wearing the t-shirt her father won when he ran his first marathon in 1988.

Paulson’s dad gifted him the extra large Deseret News Marathon shirt last year before he ran – and won – the 2021 Deseret News Marathon.

Paulson wore the jersey and won last year’s race, and she did the same this year, clocking 2:57:18.

Paulson’s win this year was even more impressive considering she recently won the Bad Water Ultra Marathon, a 135-mile race considered by many to be one of the toughest races in the world, and set a new record. of route.

Jennifer Smith came second with a time of 3:08:24 and Bethany Brown was third with a time of 3:14:27.

In the men’s marathon, the winner was a familiar face, multiple winner Jonathan Kotter. The 37-year-old took the win with a time of 2:28:07, despite suffering from COVID-19 just six weeks ago.

There was a marathon runner who crossed the finish line first, but it turned out he took a wrong turn and was disqualified.

Nate Clayson, 36, was second with a time of 2:31:54 and Robert Pedersen was third with a time of 2:32:40.

This story will be updated.