Printed on: October 05, 2012

Ultra-marathoners hit the road

By Zach Kyle
zkyle@postregister.com

Eastern Idaho motorists should keep an eye out for ultra-marathon runners on several highways this weekend.

The Yellowstone-Teton Endurance races cover 100 miles between West Yellowstone, Mont., and Driggs. Both races are concurrent and share one course.

The 100-mile race starts at 6 a.m. Saturday in West Yellowstone and runs west on U.S. Highway 20 to the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, then south to Idaho 47, Idaho 32 and Idaho 33 before finishing in Driggs.

The 50-mile race starts in Upper Mesa Falls at 9 a.m. Saturday and follows the same route.

Top finishers will complete the course in about 17 hours. Others will trickle in for hours after, Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Bruce King said.

That means runners will be spread out and running through the night and into Sunday morning. King said motorists should expect runners and support personnel along the entire route.

"Certainly motorists shouldn't be texting or speaking on cellphones without using great care," King said. "The runners will be way spread out. If you pass one, you might happen on to another one a few miles later."

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