ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah — On Saturday and Sunday members of the Park City Ski and Snowboard (PCSS) Nordic Cross Country Comp Team competed in the Ragnar international race held in Zion National Park.
The two teams both came in second place in their respective, mixed-gender categories. The PCSS Klister Blisters was the coach’s team which finished with a time of 21 hours, 1 minute, and 25 seconds, and the PCSS Skinny Skiers was the high school athletes team that came across the finish line in 21 hours, 22 minutes, and 3 seconds.
Ragnar is a legendary figure in Norse Mythology and the race is a modern interpretation of his free-spirited, tenacious fearlessness.
The total distance of the Zion race was 16.6 miles, with an elevation gain of 1551.89 ft.
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort served as the village start/finish where the runners camped out enjoying, music, free showers, free smores and free physical therapy.
PCSS athlete Ryan Thompson told me, “It was my first time in Zion and we all had a fun, bonding experience. We had good weather and the course was tough but it was neat to run it in a relay style.”
His teammate Wes Campbell said, “The scenery was awesome and it was great to be able to run and camp and travel with my coaches and cross country teammates even after all the snow is melted for our cross country season.”
In previous years, Ragnar has hosted a race in Summit County.