While driving through Park City it's impossible not to notice the sights of the Utah Olympic Park with the infamous green ski jumps, which were built and used for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The Utah Olympic Park is home to six Nordic ski jumps, where Olympians and skiers have practiced and competed ever since. Its crazy enough in its own right to watch athletes go down the jump time and time again, however on Saturday September 30th hundreds of competitors will be climbing up the jump for the Red Bull 400 event. While 400 meters may not seem like much (one lap on a regulation track) for the typical competitor, this race will start at the bottom of the K120 ski jump and continue up, as the competitors make their way towards the top of the jump it will become necessary to use netted ropes that are in place in order to continue their climb.
This race touches down in fourteen different locations around the world from Japan to Kazakhstan and across Europe, however Park City’s Red Bull 400 has the honor of starting at the highest altitude. Competitors will start at 6,780 feet and end at 7,308 feet, making it an elevation gain of 528 feet over the 400 meters. Making Park City's Red Bull 400 the steepest in the world. There are two different types of races: a full-solo race (male and female) and a coed relay, in which four runners run 100 meters each.
This lung-crushing race is not just for professional athletes. This unique event allows many weekend warrior types to compete along side former and current Olympians and professional athletes. There is a wide range of ability between the competitors in the race, while many professional athletes will take part in the race, it was open to anyone at least 16 years of age and willing to pay the race fee. There is even a high number of participants expected to make their way to Park City from out of state, or even out of country, in order to compete.
So whether you are daring enough to compete in this event or supporting someone that is participating, or if you just want to watch people suffer through possibly the most challenging 400-meter race in the world, the Red Bull 400 event will be perfect for you. The stairs along the side of the jump will be open to spectators to watch and take photos. There will also be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase.
This event is extremely spectator-friendly, but more importantly, entertaining.
For more information on registration and race info, click here.
Sean Matyja - Realtor® / Associate Broker
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