It’s been yet another long, hot summer and there’s no better way to give it the boot than with the annual throwdown this Friday night at the Zilker Relays. That’s right, for the 12th year the Zilker Relays will put a cap on the summer with a four-person, 10-mile relay around Zilker Park.
But this relay is as much season-ending party as race. With the fantastic Mexican food buffet from Tacodeli, beer from Hop’s n Grain and live music from Skyrocket, the serious partying gets underway just as soon as your relay leg is completed.
The 1379 Kids’ Relay gets the festivities rolling at 6 p.m. in Zilker Park. The Kids Relay consists of four kids (nine and younger) who each run about 600 meters.
The big kids relay starts at 6:30 and, as usual, each team consists of four runners who each complete a 2 1/2-mile leg around Zilker Park, beginning right next to the volleyball courts.
It’s a new course for Zilker this year which will start and finish at a central sport right on the grass at the volleyball courts. Unlike previous years, runners won’t have to run along Barton Springs Road as the entire course takes place on Lou Neff and Stratford roads.
Even though the party is a primary attraction, so is the competition. There are several high-profile teams who will be competing for bragging rights.
Race director and founder Paul Perrone is stressing carpooling for this year’s race. “We’re always trying to think green,” said Perrone of The Genesis Agency. “We would really like it if each team got together and just use one car to get to the race.”
Parking is always limited for the Zilker Relays, but there are two prime spots: At Barton Springs, just south of Barton Springs Road as well as at Austin HS on the north side of Lake Bird Lake.
Packet pick up for the relay will be at CrossFit Central (702 E, 3rd Street) from 1-7 on Thursday (September 4). There will be packet pick and race day registration at the race site on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m.
For more info or to register, go to zilkerrelays.com.