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Press Release - Registration opens for 10th annual Wild West Relay

Registration just opened for the 10th annual Wild West Relay to be held August 2-3, 2013.

In 2012 more than 1,000 runners from around the country participated in the Wild West Relay.

The Wild West Relay is a running adventure from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs.

Every year more and more teams return for the opportunity to run this scenic course. Officials expect even more runners in 2013. Runners can now sign up their 12 person or 6 person teams.

The Wild West Relay is a 200-mile distance team running relay for runners of all abilities. The relay focuses on organizing a fun and safe relay on roads that are not heavily traveled.

The relay starts at the Budweiser Tour Center and heads up into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins and finishes in the beautiful ski and summer resort town of Steamboat Springs.

Much of this scenic and remote course on open public roads runs through National Forests or on dirt roads. The route winds through Roosevelt, Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests and through small ranching and mountain communities. The beauty runners experience is unparalleled.

This 24-hour running relay is for teams of 6 or 12 runners who rotate through 36 legs. What this means is that team members take turns running 3 legs of varying distance of the race (for 12 member teams) and 6 legs (for 6 member teams).

One person is running at a time from each team, and teams run through the night, making it one of the most unique running experiences they have ever had.

This is often runner's first experience with "adventure" running.

Paul Vanderheiden, race director explains, "Often, runners think that they have to be a world class athlete in order to try out an adventure race like this relay. Our relays are a chance to make adventure racing accessible to any runner."

The Wild West Relay is one of the most scenic races a runner will ever run. This is the relay for runners who love to run. The race is capped at 150 teams, so runners do not have to worry about a crowded experience. Additionally, the race director makes sure that the race is one of the most organized races of its kind. For example, one runner said, "Our team just ran the Wild West relay for the second time -- our first one was four years ago. Four years ago we couldn't appreciate how well organized this race was; our first one hadn't taught us the lessons of a poorly organized relay yet. The past few years we have done other relays in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Yours by far has the absolute best organization, setup, and volunteer base that we have ever seen." AB, Casper, Wyo.

As with all of Roads Less Traveled Relays, part of the proceeds from the Wild West relay, benefit several nonprofit organizations throughout the race course. Nonprofit groups can get involved in the relay and raise money for their causes.

Vanderheiden has always believed that supporting the communities his relays run through is an important aspect of his races. Since its creation in 2005, Roads Less Traveled Relays has donated more than $200,000 to important non-profit groups in Colorado, Vermont and Oregon. This is a great asset to these communities where fundraising for nonprofits has been hard during this economic recession.

For more information about the Wild West Relay and Roads Less Traveled Relays, go to RoadsLessTraveledRelays.com



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