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City commission backs marathon

The city of Kingman will be promoted before and during the Grand Canyon Marathon per an agreement reached Thursday between a city commission and the company organizing the event.

The Over the Edge Events will promote Kingman before and during the inaugural Grand Canyon International Marathon Oct.

20 on the Hualapai Reservation.

The Kingman Economic and Tourism Development Commission budgeted $10,000 of room tax revenue to support the marathon along the rim of Grand Canyon West.

Tom Spear, owner of Best Western King's Inn, said he has received some reservations for people participating in or attending the event.

The sponsor wrote, "One of our primary goals is to build this event into one of America's most prestigious marathons with high levels of public recognition."

The event will be limited to 2,500 runners this year.

Information about the marathon is available on the Internet at and

In other business Thursday, the commission also approved invoices for budgeted funding of $2,500 for Air and Auto Show advertising.

The show is scheduled for Oct.


The Downtown Merchants Association received $3710.10 for advertising support of the 2002 Art and Antique Fair and Yada Yada parade.

The city held a 50th birthday block party in cooperation with the merchants' event.

Request for the first quarter payment of $40,562.50 to the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce for the tourism committee's operation of the Powerhouse Visitor Center was recommended for payment.

Ciyt councilman Dave French, who is also president of Kingman 2005, the city's economic development arm, reported that companies continue to show interest in locating at the Kingman Airport Industrial Park.

The commission recommended payment of the first quarter payment of $11,000 from room tax revenues for Kingman 2005.

Tom Duranceau, Kingman director of planning, said a request for proposals for an economic study of household income and other data related to economic development was under discussion.

The study would be used to aid Kingman 2005 in its recruiting efforts.

ETDC commissioners suggested Duranceau look for proposals that include methodology and track record of the consultants and bring them to the commission for evaluation.

City Manager Roger Swenson said the methodology is important because companies want relative comparisons of possible sites across the United States.

The ETDC recommended to the city council that Tom Spear be appointed to the commission to fill a vacancy.