For nearly a decade, runners have been training, organizing teams and getting up bright and early to run 197 miles along the Wasatch Back in the Ragnar Relay. Yep, you read that right: 197 miles of running. 

The relay starts at the Utah State University football stadium in Logan, weaves its way through some of the state’s most beautiful landscape, then ends at Park City High’s football field.

Teams of six to 12 people take turns running all day and through the night, some of them crammed into one large support vehicle. Stuffing a number of athletic bodies into one car makes for a lot of energy and pumped-up excitement, but you can imagine why one team has named itself “The Van Your Van Could Smell Like.”

“Most other distance events are about the individual triumph, and we get that,” says Rick Larsen, Ragnar’s director of Community Relations. “But you cannot run for 24 hours and cover nearly 200 miles alone. That teamwork results in memories and experiences that cannot be achieved in any other way.”

This year’s relay begins on Friday, June 15. Shortly after the race ends, registration will open for the 2013 race, which marks the 10th anniversary of Ragnar in Utah.

“There are teams and runners that have run all 10 years,” says Larsen. “Whether a participant has lost 30 lbs. to run, has survived chemo in the past year, or is part of a team running in memory of a friend, the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back changes lives for the better, and we are proud to have been the catalyst for these types of great team experiences.”

For more information on Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, click here.

And if you’re looking to register, jump on it quick because registration fills up fast!