197 mile, overnight running experience through Utah mountains is expanded to 17,550 runners with the addition of a Thursday/Friday relay option June 20-21, 2013
KAYSVILLE, Utah - Ragnar Relay Series, one of the fastest growing endurance races across the United States, now has the nation’s largest overnight running relay with 17,550 runners. The company announced its first double relay event with the
expansion of Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back on the race’s 10 year anniversary.
This 197.4-mile, two-day, overnight team relay event will allow runners to experience the breathtaking views of Utah’s Wasatch Valley on Thursday, June 20 through Friday, June 21, with additional runners competing on Friday, June 21 through Saturday, June 22. The expansion is anticipated to allow an increase of more than 5,000 runners from previous records.
“Over the past 10 years, the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back event has become a can’t miss race for runners throughout Utah,” said Tanner Bell, co-founder of Ragnar Relay in 2004. “We’ve seen it grow from a small race with a bunch of friends to tens of thousands of people from around the world coming to Utah to experience their own running pilgrimage. With our tenth
anniversary, we wanted to allow more people to experience what makes Ragnar such a unique team event, and expanding to a double day relay will allow us to do so without overcrowding the course.”
Registration is now available online at www.ragnarrelay.com/race/wasatchback/registration and filling quickly. Runners will start in Logan and finish in Park City, Utah. In honor of the ten year anniversary of the race, the Canyons Resort is serving as the official host hotel. This award winning resort just minutes (and a free shuttle ride) from the race finish line is offering special rates for Ragnar participants as well as after-race concerts and deals to celebrate Ragnar’s tenth year in Park City, Utah.
Ragnar Relay Series continues to be one of the fastest growing team endurance experiences in the world. Started in 2004 by Bell and former college roommate Dan Hill, in 2012 the event series hosted 15 races across the U.S. and in November announced its first international race in Ontario, Canada in June 2013.
“The energy and passion that our participants bring to Ragnar is unparalleled and contagious,” noted Chris Infurchia, chief executive officer for Ragnar. “We have an experience unlike anything in the world. And this double relay will allow Ragnar to be more inclusive than ever before – from hard core runners to fitness novices to experience the unique connections that come from being a Ragnarian and conquering 200 miles together.”
Visit www.ragnarrelay.com for race dates and locations.