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Utah Declares “Ragnar Day”

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jun. 12, 2013
  • Updated Jun. 14, 2013 at 8:12 AM UTC
The Wasatch Back was the original Ragnar Relay in 2004. Photo: ragnarrelay.com

Ragnar Relay is now an unofficial, official holiday in the state of Utah.

Throughout the year, holidays are as good a reason as any to host a race — think July 4 and Thanksgiving, two of the biggest road racing days of the year — but it’s almost unheard of that a race merits its own holiday. Until now.

Almost 10 years after the inaugural 200-mile overnight Ragnar Relay from Logan, Utah to Park City, today the State of Utah has declared the fourth Saturday in June as Utah Ragnar Day, beginning on June 22 this year.

The declaration comes on the heels of the race’s tenth anniversary, slated for June 20-21 and June 21-22 from Logan to Park City, which for the first time will add a third day to the overnight team relay event. The event has expanded from 12,000 participants in 2012 to 17,500 in 2013, with teams this year starting on both a Thursday-Friday run along with the traditional Friday-Saturday setup.

The official declaration, which notes that over the past ten years more than 200,000 people have participated in Ragnar events around the world, will be presented by Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell at a Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back Kick Off Celebration on Wednesday, June 19th at SCHEELS in Sandy, Utah.

“For the past ten years, Ragnar Relay Series has brought hundreds of thousands of people to Utah to experience the beauty of our state, contribute to our economy, and create positive impact in our communities,” said Governor Gary R. Herbert in a statement. “This declaration is a testament to the founders and organizers of Ragnar Relays for their vision and commitment to bring such memorable events to Utah.”

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For more Competitor.com coverage of the Ragner Relay, click here and here.

 

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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