Runners and walkers from around the Northwest are busy lining up teams in preparation for the 15th annual Sawtooth Relay. The June 10 event is a highlight of the summer running and racing season.
Last year 800 athletes converged on the Stanley to Ketchum course. While most teams are composed of six athletes, some individuals tackle the entire 62-mile course alone in the Solo division.
This year walking teams will enjoy a full moon view of the Sawtooths as they start their trek between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. Running teams start between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The winning team finishes in around six hours. Most teams complete the course in seven to 12 hours. The course is made up of 12 legs averaging five miles each. Each of the six athletes completes two legs.
Sawtooth Relay has some of the best scenery in the Northwest with views of the Sawtooth, White Cloud, Pioneer and Boulder mountains. The course follows the Salmon and Big Wood rivers.
The event is also known for it's post-relay party including a live band, awards and a full meal at Atkinson Park in Ketchum. This year's meal will include baked trout fillets, polish sausages, rosemary-herbed roasted potatoes, cole slaw, strawberry shortcake, soft drinks and micro-brewed beer.
Sawtooth Relay is a 501c3 non-profit and benefits the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation (www.pkdcure.org) and the Idaho Donor Network (www.yesidaho.org).
The $270 team entry is due by May 10. Final entry deadline is May 22 and the cost is $330.
Entry forms are available at www.sawtoothrelay.com and area sporting good stores and health clubs. Visit the Web site or call 208-853-1221 for details.