Ragnar returns to Park City
Though the Ragnar relay race will start in Logan on Friday morning, Parkites can expect to see thousands of runners making their way through Summit County during the day on Saturday.
Back for an 11th year, Ragnar will again host a race across the Wasatch Back, culminating in a finish at Park City High School.
The relay, featuring 1,000 teams running 196.5 miles, will send about 11,000 runners across the state and through nearly every town in Summit County.
Ragnar president and co-founder Tanner Bell said he’s excited for the 11th year of the Wasatch Back event.
"It’s an opportunity for people to get out and experience an adventure, something they don’t normally do," he said. "I also think it’s an opportunity for people to do something together that they couldn’t do on their own."
Though the race, for which registration filled quickly after last year’s event, is open to any team that signs up, Bell said there’s a chance for spectators to see some elite-level runners as well.
"We’re excited this year we have a team called the Clif Barbarians which is full of Clif Bar-sponsored athletes from around the nation," he said. "Scott Jurek is one of the best endurance runners in the world. He’s running along with Alex Honnold, a professional climber. And we’ve got Caroline Gleich, who is a professional big mountain skier. People can come to the finish line and maybe get an autograph or take a peek at those guys."
Yes, the race will affect traffic around Summit County at various times (see info box), but Bell said Ragnar has worked tirelessly on minimizing its impact on communities.
"We run traffic simulations every year aimed at minimizing the impact on traffic," he said. "We have 21 races a year and we’ve gotten pretty good at what we do. It hasn’t been much of a hindrance in the past and we anticipate this year will be the same."
Bell anticipates a full day of runners crossing the finish line on Saturday, starting early Saturday morning.
"Team starts are staggered, so they’ll start as early as 5 a.m. [in Logan] and go all the way through about 5 p.m.," he said. "All the teams run through the night and the first teams finish around 10 a.m. and the last ones finish as late as 8 p.m."
Bell encourages everyone to come out and witness the finish at PCHS, saying it’ll be an exciting spectacle.
"It’s a great vibe," he said. "It’s one of the best parties all year. It’s a great chance for people to come celebrate the endurance of the human spirit and have an all-around great time."
Roads affected in Summit County
Between June 27 at 7 p.m. and June 28 at 2 p.m.:
I-65, Main Street
SR-65, Echo Dam Road
Center Street, 100 E, 100 S, 100 N, Main Street
SR-32, Main Street, Wooden Shoe Lane, 3700 N, Millrace Road
4200 N, Democrat Alley
On June 28, between 1 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
Foothill Drive, 200 S, 300 N, 200 E, 300 E, 1200 S, SR-36, Spring Hollow Road
On June 28, between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.:
Carleson Road/3600, Center Street, Main Street, Homestead Drive, Pine Canyon, Warm Springs Road, River Road
Pine Canyon, SR-224, Marsac Avenue, Royal Street, Kearns Boulevard, Park City High School, SR-248
The Youth Sports Alliance will host a team scramble golf tournament on June 3 at Victory Ranch in hopes of raising funds for its scholarships and youth programs.