The weather is looking to be cool and wet, but hundreds of runners will nevertheless pile into Ketchum’s Atkinson Park on Saturday, June 8 for the final stretch of the 61.9-mile, 28th annual Sawtooth Relay from Stanley to Ketchum.
It will be the second event to have Ketchum as its final landing point, coming on the heels of the Lyle Pearson 200 bicycle relay ride that rolled into the resort city on Saturday, June 1.
Like the Sawtooth Relay, most riders were from the Boise area. The LP 200, presented this year by George’s Cycles of Boise, has been staged in late spring for the last 13 years.
Starting early in the morning June 1 from the Bown Crossing community in east Boise, LP 200 cyclists with up to six riders per team pedaled in segments mostly on State Highway 21 from Boise to Stanley, and then south on State Highway 75 to Ketchum.
Transitions were located at Robie Creek, Idaho City, the summit of Mores Creek, Low-man, Grandjean, Banner Creek summit, Stanley, Frenchman’s Creek and Galena Lodge 23 miles. This year, threatening thunder and hail caused some teams to cancel their second-to-last leg over Galena Summit and down into Ketchum.
Each rider completed between 60 to 90 miles—a single rider restricted to four sections, with a minimum of two sections for each team rider. Entry fee was $100 per person.
The Team Upcycle men’s team finished first over the two-man Team Mercedes. The Team Upcycle women’s cyclists were leading the female divi-sion before the cancelation of the Galena leg.