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Skeena River Relay takes to the highway this Saturday

After a successful Crest Glory Days 10 km race that saw 129 runners invade the streets of Prince Rupert in early May, the Rupert Runners are back at it again, organizing the 13th Annual Skeena River Relay set for Saturday, June 7.

The relay is expected to involve 300 area runners, with teams ranging from five to ten people each. The race currently has over 30 teams signed up and participating.

"Each runner has a stage [of the race] and they have a supporter that takes them there. There's an awards dinner for all people up in Terrace, so some people will just spend the night," said organizer Carrie Coley.

The Lester Centre will serve as the race's starting point and the Canadian Tire in Terrace serves as the finish line.

The 142 km race has been completely booked and there will be a meet and greet social event on June 6 at the Crest Hotel at 6:30 p.m. after the team captains have claimed their race packages.

The awards gathering will take place at the Thornhill Community Centre and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m, which includes barbecue beef on a bun, vegetable lasagna, garden salad, macaroni salad and vegetable and dessert trays. The dinner is similar to the Crest Glory Days post-race prize-giveaway that the Rupert Runners were able to host with donations from many sponsors.

There are 10 stages to the race split between the Lester Centre, Kloiya Bay, Rainbow Summit, Basalt Creek, Telegraph Creek, Snowbound Creek, Kasiks Resort, Andesite Creek Bridge and the remaining highway before the runners reach Canadian Tire.

More details on the relay can be found at www.skeenariverrelay.com.

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