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Relay race passes through Santa Rosa tonight

Friday, September 14th, 2012 | Posted by

Race participants finish at an April 2012 Ragnar Relay in San Diego (Courtesy of Ragnar Relays)

by MELODY KARPINSKI / Santa Rosa Correspondent

The Ragnar Relay Napa Valley race returns to Sonoma County today, passing through Santa Rosa in the middle of the night Friday. Over 3,800 runners are scheduled to participate in the event, with participants from 47 states and five countries.

The 200-mile, two-day team relay begins at Marina Green Park in San Francisco and ends at the Napa County Fairgrounds in  Calistoga. In between, teams of 12 runners will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, run up through Sausalito and San Rafael and cover trails and roads throughout the Sonoma and Napa valleys.  The event is the largest relay race of its kind in the world.

Around 68 percent of race participants are from California, with seventeen Santa Rosa runners -including nine members of the all-women Running Legs team. Race participants also vary in age, with the youngest runner at 11 to the oldest at 69.

There will be four race exchange stops in Santa Rosa at the following locations, arriving anywhere from 9 p.m. -3 a.m.

1. Fulton Marketplace -Exchange 17: http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/napavalley/legs/17

2. A Place to Play Park -Exchange 18: http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/napavalley/legs/18

3. Nagasawa Community Park -Exchange 19: http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/napavalley/legs/19

4. Sonoma County parking lot -Exchange 20: http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/napavalley/legs/20

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