Wasatch Back race to end at Quinn’s
Relay Runners will take over the Wasatch back this weekend with the annual running of the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back. The 181-mile overnight relay race started in Logan on Friday and is slated to end 24 hours later in Park City. Teams of 12 will run relay-style as they pass through Cache, Weber, Morgan, Wasatch and Summit counties.
The race bills itself as a "running party," as the teams split the running work into three segments varying in distances from three to eight miles. On the course, runners will enjoy live bands, may wear crazy costumes and make build friendships with teammates and competitors. Although the course can be demanding, race organizers say that the unique format allows it to be fun and challenging for runners of all abilities.
The race, which filled up all of its possible entry slots, has now become the second largest relay in the nation according to event organizers. Organizers were planning on expects over 7,000 runners from all over the world.
The public is encouraged to come out and support relay runners along the trail. There are five exchange places where fans can hang out and cheer on teams. Those close by include the last two exchange stations located at Rockport Reservoir and Rocky Mountain Middle School in Heber.
North and South Summit High Schools will serve as "hangout venues" for runners to grab a hot shower, warm sleeping area and refuel at water stations.
Relay organizers also encourages citizens that live along course to give out some personalized support to runners in the form of a spray from the garden hose, a cold popsicle or can of lemonade. The public can even set up a fundraiser for a good cause along the course and at exchange stations.
The fun will reach its high point at the finish line located at the Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex. Tired runners, support teams and fans alike can enjoy live music, retail booths, a food tent sponsored by Subway Restaurants, along with other drinks and concessions. A massage booth by Knead-A-Massage will offer free massages to the runners. The finish line-festivities will be available on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., but most runners are expected to arrive between noon and 4 p.m.
For more information visit http://www.ragnarrelay.com or call (877) 83-RELAY.
Road Closure box:
An event of this magnitude brings fun as well, some logistical considerations. Listed below are road closures in and nearby Summit County:
The following streets will have heavy traffic until 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 21: East Canyon Rd. (S.R. 66) (closed to westbound traffic from S.R. 65)
Henefer SR-65 Main Street (S.R. 65) SR-86 Echo Echo Road (S.R. 86) SR-65 Echo Dam Road The following streets will have heavy traffic until noon on Saturday, June 21: Coalville Main Street Hoytsville Hoytsville Road Wanship Hoytsville Road Wanship Road (Highway 32) (S.R. 32 in front of Rockport State Park will be closed to through traffic. Open to local traffic with delays). Peoa Hwy 32 Oakley Highway 32 Kamas Highway 32 The following streets will have heavy traffic until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21: Francis Highway 32 (2300 S) The following streets will have heavy traffic until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21: Highway 224 Guardsman’s Pass (closed to southbound traffic) Park City Royal Street Deer Valley Drive Bonanza Drive Quinn’s
Information provided by MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back
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