Last Saturday, May 17, the entire Park City community came out to celebrate Running with Ed (RWE), an annual 38-mile, 10 leg relay race through all of Park City. Running with Ed is a fundraising event that funds Park City Education Foundation’s grant programs for the Park City School District. Runners raise money to run a course that offers everything from trail to pavement, challenging climbs to fast downhills, easy legs for beginners and tough ones for experts. The course winds past Olympic venues, iconic landmarks, City Park, neighborhood schools, and historic Main Street, and our very own Canyons Resort!
This is the second year Canyons has been involved in the event, the first as a Senior Level sponsor. Canyons and Vail Resorts saw the decision of becoming involved with this event as a simple one. A big initiative Vail Resorts is supporting that the vitality of the Park City community and the conservation of the spectacular natural environments that surrounds us, and Running with Ed does just that with the focus on education for the community.
We hosted an exchange point at the Cabriolet Lot at the base of Canyons Resort. This was in between legs 4 and 5. Runners finishing off a 3.6 mile run were handing off to a runner starting a 4.4 mile run and we were there to help! We had snacks, water, music and decorations to make the Cabriolet lot a great place to finish or get started. The theme of our exchange was disco- 70’s music, guaranteed to get you dancin’, if not running, right?
In addition to filling snack bowls and water cups, Canyons employees were out running some legs of the course on their own. We were represented by two teams, The Orange Bubble Express and We CANyons. Orange Bubble Express beat out We CANyons by a tiny bit of time, but who’s really keeping score? Team member Katie even ran her 2.8 miles in her disco costume from the exchange! “I’m really not that into running, but I love the team relay part of Running with Ed. It’s not very often you get to exercise in a costume!” said Canyons employee, Katie.
The finish line was hosted at Basin Recreation Fieldhouse. In addition to free burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs for runners, Canyons had free face painting at our booth – the line started at 2:30 didn’t end until 6pm. Special thanks to Canyons employee Francie for making small RWE fans look great!