Salt Lake Marathon runners won’t walk away empty handed

Good news for the thousands of runners already registered for the 2012 Salt Lake Marathon.

The new owners are offering free entry into any of their other events if, for some reason, the permits are denied and they are unable to host the 2012 marathon in Salt Lake City.

“We have every reason to believe that the 2012 event is going to take place,” said US Road Sports founding partner Peter Handy. “We are encouraging people to register to run, keep training and come join us on April 21. If we are wrong, we want to reward the runners for all of their hard work.”

Thousands of runners have already registered for this year’s marathon, which was owned by Devine Racing until Feb. 10 when Handy’s company purchased it.

With just over two months to prepare for the event, some worried there wouldn’t be a race. US Road Sports met all of the city’s deadlines regarding permitting issues and the process is under review by city and county officials currently.

Normally, if a race is cancelled, runners do not get refunds, especially when a third party, like Active.com, processes the registration fees.

Handy has said repeatedly that he believe they’ll be able to stage the race on April 21 and that it will exceed expectations.

If the organizers are unable to stage the Salt Lake Marathon, the events that will offer free entry to registered runners are:

The New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon (May 6); the Chicago Half Marathon and 5K (Sept. 9); the Boston 13.1 Marathon (Sept. 16); Atlanta 13.1 Marathon (Oct. 7); Dallas 13.1 Marathon (Oct. 27); Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon (Nov. 11).

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