Friday, June 1, 2018

Runners take to the Highway Saturday in 17th annual Skeena River Relay

There are 142 kilometres to run between Prince Rupert and Terrace and tomorrow teams of five to ten relay members will make the scenic journey along the Skeena River, looking to claim the title of Best of the Run in the 17th edition of the Skeena River Relay.

Thirty teams have entered Saturday's event,  ten of them from Prince Rupert ready to tackle the ten stages that will take from the Lester Centre to the finish line at Canadian Tire in Terrace.

Out for a Rip, the 2017 overall winners are not listed in the list of thirty, meaning the title is up for grabs for those hitting the highway on Saturday.

Race Package Pick Up takes place today until 6 PM at the Crest Hotel Banquet room, with a Captains Meeting set for 6 to 6:30 PM followed by a Meet And Greet.

Race Time arrives at 7AM as the first leg of the day's event departs from the Lester Centre, Stage Seven starts at the Kasiks Resort area at Noon.

The Relay comes to an end at Canadian Tire on the west side of Terrace, with the Terrace Curling Rink hosting this years Award Dinner and presentations.

Participants are up for a number of potential awards including:

First, Second and Third in each category
Fastest Team Overall
Fastest Male and Female in each stage
Hidden Times

Runners are looking at the prospect of partly Cloudy skies with a chance of showers through the day, with hopes that the periods of rain anticipated for the coastal region will hold off until the evening hours as forecast.

Prince Rupert

Motorists travelling the highway 16 corridor on Saturday are reminded to be cautious as they travel past race participants with RCMP members keeping an eye on the highway for any traffic or other offences.

You can review the notes related to Saturday's event as well as a glimpse at some of the work involved in bringing such a project to the starting line from the Skeena River Relay website.

More background on the Prince Rupert Running scene can be found from the Rupert Runners website and Facebook page.

For more notes on running in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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