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Racing In The Teton Dam Marathon

 

 

The annual Teton Dam Marathon took place this past weekend, and is a major event for the Rexburg community and surrounding areas. The Marathon is held in memory of the 1976 Teton Dam that collapsed and flooded Sugar city, Rexburg, and many other towns causing five hundred million dollars in damage. Each year BYU-Idaho students participate along with visitors from across the country.

This video story is only one and a half minutes in length, but in a few weeks if you check the “On the Move” tab under video you will find a more in-depth story…

Good morning it’s 6:30am and the Teton Dam Marathon is just getting under way. Behind me you can see the remains of the Teton Dam that was swept away nearly 33 years ago.

15 minutes to the start of the race and crowds gather at the porta-potties in preparation for the 26.2 mile journey ahead.

I’m a little excited, a little nervous, a little everything right now.”

“I feel great. Let’s do this,” said Randy Lybert a BYU-Idaho student from Bremerton, WA.

“Brian Johnson-How old are you if you don’t mind us asking?” Gene Brucket from Chicago, IL answers “74.” 

“And how many marathons have you run?”

“Last time I checked it was 261.” 261 marathons? WOW!

2, 1, Let’s go!

The runner’s 26 mile trek never seems to end as they run… and run… and run.

Even Rexburg, Mayor Shaun Larson was a participant in the race.

Weary runners are encouraged by enthusiastic fans. (Kids shouting) “Good job! You can do it! Way to go!”

Randy Lybert, a BYU-Idaho student, ran in memory of his brother, a fellow runner, who died in a car crash five years ago today on the way to graduation. 

For Randy, finishing the race means much more than the 26 miles. In Smith Park, I’m Brian Johnson, I-News.

The horrific flooding of the Dam is now a heroic event. Part of each runners entry fee goes to sport the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  For more information about the Teton Dam Marathon visit our website byuicomm.net.

 

For more information on the annual marathon visit

http://www.dammarathon.com/

 

To see the runners results visit

http://milliseconds.com/races/detail/1171


 

 

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