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Zion Ponderosa Ragnar to speed runners and tourists to east Zion
The Zion Ponderosa Ranch has been called by race organizers a “trail running Shangri-La.” Runners participating in the Ragnar race at Zion Ponderosa on April 26-27 will get to enjoy their own little piece of heaven. This amazing property, which sits on 8,000 acres and borders Zion National Park, is a runner’s paradise.
The Ragnar Trail Relays, presented by Salomon, is a two day adventure where teams of eight (regular) and four (ultra) runners will relay through three designated loops at National Parks and resort venues throughout the country.
The Ragnar concept is about team bonding through camping, shared struggle and accomplishment. Participants find enjoyment in combining the ability to make running a team sport and taking that activity into nature.
The Zion Ponderosa Ragnar will begin with staggered starting times beginning at 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26. The teams will run throughout the night into Saturday, finishing the 120-mile course in an average of 20 hours. Most runners are expected to finish between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Each of the three loops in this trail relay provides epic views and challenging terrain. Throughout this relay, participants will find themselves staring at vistas of Dixie National Forest, Cedar Breaks and Zion National Park.
A Ragnar Village will be set up at Zion Ponderosa, bringing to mind an Olympic village, where participants and fans will interact, socialize and just have some plain old fun! There will be a bonfire, food, live music, and decorations to illustrate and celebrate the Ragnar spirit.