A Colossal Race For The Cure Took Place In Utah This Weekend
Posted by Nancy on June 20, 2010
An amazing event was held in the mountains of Utah this weekend which involved over 13,000 runners divided up into 1,050 teams of six or twelve members. Most of the individual teams run for their own particular causes but the overall motivation behind the race is the American Cancer Society.
The Ragnar race series is now in it’s seventh year and the Wasatch Back Relay has become the largest relay in the entire world. It added an additional 400 teams to the state event this season.
It’s a unique event in that running is typically thought of as a solo activity. This relay series however, which began at 5 a.m. Friday morning and concluded on Saturday, brings a team concept to the sport of running. The course is 188 miles beginning in Logan and winding it’s way through the Wasatch Mountains and ending up at the Canyon Resort in Park City, Utah.
The distance is divided up into three legs for which each team member is expected to run five miles before “handing off” to a teammate. After the runners five mile stretch is completed, he or she has several hours to rest up before starting another five mile stretch. It can be very taxing running up such extreme elevations so undoubtedly those five miles can seem a lot longer than they actually are.