Students, faculty, alumni and community members of Rexburg joined together the evening of June 24 for the 50-Lap Relay.
This semester’s relay was held at the BYU-Idaho Stadium and featured 21 teams, consisting of student wards. Each team was required to have male and female participants. The cost for participating was $20 per team.
“The purpose of this semester’s relay was to encourage people to be fit, get out and have fun,” said John Stockinger, a senior studying business finance and a student coordinator for the relay.
Stockinger and four others comprised the 50-Lap Relay Committee, a part of the Activities Program. Committee members helped organize and set for the Relay.
Teams were assigned specific start zones around the track where runners received the baton from the team members and passed it to the next runner. Each start zone had runners that cheered on their teammates, pushing them to run faster.
“I don’t want to disappoint my ward,” said Eric Olsen, a freshman studying health care administration, about his motivation to run.
After the national anthem was sung, the first lap runners lined on the starting line and started off the 50-Lap Relay Race with a bang.
As runners completed each lap, on-lookers saw the array of themed costumes worn by participants. Tie-dye clothing, cowboy garb, runners dressed as senior citizens and MC Hammer were just a few of the creative costumes that were worn.
“I just think it is really great that they have stuff for the wards to participate in,” said Chelsea Marriott, a junior studying construction management.
Brett Wilson, a Freshman majoring in international studies, agreed.
“It’s a great chance to get to know your ward better,” Wilson said.
Stephanie Sears, a freshman studying health science, explained another reason for getting involved in the relay.
“I like to run, and it’s fun to go out and participate,” Sears said.
The 50-lap relay started in 2003 and has had continued success since its inception, with 7,500 attending the race in 2006.