Runners expected en masse in Kimball Junction on Saturday
Eighth annual 38-mile relay race returns to the area
Kimball Junction area residents, particularly those who live in the Newpark area, may want to reconsider their travel plans early Saturday morning as the eighth annual Running with Ed relay race kicks off.
According to Jennifer Billow, Park City Education Foundation communications manager, most of the traffic impacts from the race are expected in the early morning hours near the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District Fieldhouse.
Approximately 200 teams or about 1,300 people are expected to participate in the 38-mile relay race, sponsored by Ragnar. Non-runners will be shuttled between exchange points in support vehicles.
Billow said the first leg of Running with Ed will begin with a staggered start. The first wave of runners is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. at the Fieldhouse.
I would say, in general, I would avoid driving by the Fieldhouse from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Billow said. But after that, it starts to get pretty spread out and there isnt really a giant impact on traffic.
As previously reported in The Park Record, the 10-leg race will start and end at the Fieldhouse in Kimball Junction. From there, runners in the first leg will run to Jeremy Ranch Elementary school, where they will exchange with the next member of the relay.
The remaining legs of the race are from Ecker Hill Middle School to the base of the Utah Olympic Park’s Nordic jumps, and on to Canyons Cabriolet parking lot, Parley’s Park Elementary School, Park City Resort, Treasure Mountain Junior High School, McPolin Elementary School and Trailside Elementary School. The final leg will finish at the Fieldhouse.
Participants will be running along the following roads in the Basin on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
- Bitner Road
- Rasmussen Road
- Pinebrook Road
- Kilby Road
- Bear Hollow Drive
- White Pine Canyon Road
- State Road 224
- Thaynes Canyon Drive
- Richardson Flat Road
- Meadows Drive
- Highland Drive
- Silver Summit Parkway
- Trailside Drive
Billow said participants will mainly stay on the trails to avoid running along major stretches of road. Where runners are required to cross traffic, law enforcement officials are expected to be on hand.
Runners will only be on the street when they are leaving McPolin and before they head up into Round Valley. They are almost always on the paths or the trails, Billow said. The first hour where the runners are going to Jeremy Ranch and Ecker Hill there is an underpass and trail most of the way there is one part where we have to cross in front of the on-ramp, but after that it starts to get pretty spread out.
For more information about the race or route the runners will be taking, go to http://runningwithed.com/race/race-bible/.
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