May 14, 2016 at 3 PM
A team race to explore the conditions of our hydrology in the Salt Lake Valley from pristine headwaters to buried creeks and channelized canal to meandering river.
Teams will consist of a biker, boater, and runner. Participants will race from the Wasatch Mountains to the Jordan River, exploring the current conditions in which these urban waters exist, range to river. Participants will follow the path of City Creek via bikes donated by GREENbike, continuing as the creek gets buried underground and ending at the creek’s confluence with the Jordan River, the historic Utah State Fairpark property. Participants will then boat the Jordan River northward with canoes donated by Splore, following the river from a channelized canal to a meandering, healthy river. The Jordan River Parkway, a 45-mile nearly-continuous paved trail, will be utilized for the final stretch of the race, running past native cottonwoods and willows, as well as invasive Russian olive and Scotch thistle. Prizes from Cotopaxi will be awarded!
This relay will end at the capstone event for the annual Jordan River-corridor wide Get Into The River festival, GITR @ NIGHT held at the Utah State Fairpark. Activities here include a free concert with the Hollering Pines and Holy Water Buffalo, canoe rides, food carts, and many other fun family-friendly happenings.
– Bike: 3.6 miles; starting at City Creek Canyon Trailhead ending at Fairpark
– Boat: 3.3 miles; starting at Fairpark ending at 1800 N Take-Out
– Run: 3.4 miles; starting 1800 N Take-Out ending at Fairpark