The new owner of the Salt Lake City Marathon says that if it cannot secure a city permit to run the race as scheduled April 21, it will offer registered runners free entry into any of his company's remaining races this year.
"We have every reason to believe the 2012 event is going to take place," owner Peter Handy of US Road Sports said in a statement Thursday. "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 their hard work."
The remaining US Road Sports events this year include the New Jersey Marathon on May 6, the Chicago Half-Marathon and 5K on Sept. 9, and a handful of themed half-marathons in the "13.1 Marathon" series in Chicago (June 9), Boston (Sept. 16), Atlanta (Oct. 7), Dallas (Oct. 27) and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Nov. 11).