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Wasatch Back Relay

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While many of you think that running is merely a masochistic method for pre-ski conditioning, I know there are a few who actually enjoy the activity, and I know that we all enjoy skiing, so I thought I'd post a few pics from the WASATCH BACK RELAY, a 175 mile relay that happens to skirt a few familiar ski areas along the way.

For those not familiar with the concept, members of teams (usually 12, although they can be smaller, including two SOLO runners!) will each alternate running 3 legs of anywhere from 3.8 to 6.8 miles through the night to finish the entire course. The most famous of these types of races is the Hood To Coast Relay in Oregon.

Kelsey pushing toward Avon (in Cache Valley, the relay's start). Powder Mountain is in the far distance to the left of the middle peak.

Doug heads up the road.

Part of the gang at the top before descending into Ogden Valley. From left, Dave, Brent, Kelsey, and Leigh.

My dusty descent toward Liberty in Ogden Valley. The last snow of Snowbasin's peaks can be seen in the distance.

Wolf Mountain ski resort (formerly Nordic Valley) in the distance.

Dave's too intent on running to take any time scoping lines off No Name Peak.

Trying to catch some sleep at 7:00 p.m. at East Canyon Reservoir before the night run through Coalville to Rockport.
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These are pretty cool. Some are just fun, some for a cause.

Two teams from my church ran "The Relay" the past few years. I think they are planning to again next year. It's a 199 mi from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. Organ donors awareness.

This year we helped out the effort by being Child sitters for one of the guys running so his wife could help with other volunteer duties.

Last year I was stand by as a van driver.
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dchan, The Relay looks fun. I've run the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Marathon during the misty (ok, downright foggy) morning, but a night run would be a major trip.

I too applaud the fund-raising purpose of these runs. Wasatch Back hopes to donate $50,000 to Operation Kids, a blanket fund for about 10 different children's charities, including Best Buddies, which does some great work at the high school where I teach.
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