Runners will hit Fort trails this summer to experience the first annual Athabaska Ultra 100.
 
The 175 km race starts in Fort Saskatchewan on July 28 and ends in Athabasca the next day.
 
Race representatives were at Tuesday’s (Mar.13) council meeting to share information about the event and ask for city assistance.
 
Robert Buckle, tourism and economic development officer for Athabasca County, and race director Brenda Reynolds requested city involvement in a number of areas including using community venues, recruiting volunteers, organizing public transit and fire and EMS services.

"The request of the city council was about what we can do to work in partnership and collaboration so that we can attract runners to join us, but also to attract tourism to the area and some economic development," said Reynolds.
 
Council is waiting for more details before finalizing any decisions.

Race-related events will take place in several Fort Saskatchewan venues. Runners will pick up their race packages at the Fort Heritage Precinct and the race will kick off at West River's Edge.

Reynolds hopes the race will give athletes not local to the area a new running experience. Participants can run the course as a solo ultramarathon or in relay teams.
 
Council is waiting for more details before finalizing any decisions.

Anyone interested in signing up to run or volunteer can visit the event's website.

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