Layton’s Utah Running Team members who competed in the 2018 Ragnar Wasatch Back: Logan Deal, Dave Knorr, Todd Lippard, Matt Almond, Shane Silcox, Chris Scott, Ryan Tanzie, Penn Owens, top row. Melissa Wilson, Paige Pryor, Brandy Wilkins and Vicki Jones, front row.

Layton’s Utah Running Team members who competed in the 2018 Ragnar Wasatch Back: Logan Deal, Dave Knorr, Todd Lippard, Matt Almond, Shane Silcox, Chris Scott, Ryan Tanzie, Penn Owens, top row. Melissa Wilson, Paige Pryor, Brandy Wilkins and Vicki Jones, front row.

Layton’s Utah Running Team takes another long, long trek through the mountains

Some people just can’t get enough. On June 1-2, Layton’s intrepid Utah Running Team tackled the Ragnar Wasatch Back for the fourth straight year, finishing 277th out of 393 teams with a time of 33:02:09.

This year Ragnar finished at High Star Ranch in Kamas, Utah, where a few years ago Layton built/renovated the world-class Dejoria Center.

Going into its 15th year, Reebok Ragnar Wasatch Back is beyond legendary to the locals of Northern Utah. It’s the race that inspired the entire Ragnar series. On June 1-2, teams of 12 runners came together in Logan, UT, at the back of the Wasatch Mountain Range to kick off their 200-ish mile adventure. From there, teams ran two days and one night, up stunning green mountainsides, past world-class ski resorts and into a postcard-worthy countryside dotted with horses, barns and wildflowers. Each team member completes his or her three legs, then the whole team crosses under the orange arch at the finish line together.

Here’s what a few of our Ragnarians had to say about this year’s race.

Chris Scott

This was my first experience running Ragnar. Paige Pryor, the team captain, had originally put me on stand-by but ended up calling me two times to run. The second time she called – I gave in. I’m glad I did. This is one of those events you do because others won’t. That was my motivation here. I was in van 2 and having the two main IT guys at Layton in the same van…we dodged a bullet! Haha.

I have never run so much in my life, been so tired, bloated, and sore! My nickname on the trip became “Honeybucket.” Needless to say – I was looking for one constantly! Haha. I definitely want to run again next year if there is a spot open!

Vicki Jones

Todd Lippard catches his breath after a grueling uphill run.

One of my favorite things about the Ragnar Race is the time spent laughing with such great people that work at Layton (Dave Knorrcan make anyone laugh).  I also love watching everyone put their heart into running challenging legs that are given; then it is a sweet thing when we all cross the finish line together after 31 plus hours!

Brandy Wilkins

I had a great time running with everyone on the team! Although it’s hard to choose a favorite memory, I think two of my favorites were crossing the finish line as a team, and when we helped one of our race competitors (who happen to also be one of our industry competitors) find jumper cables to help them get their van started after the battery had died.

Layton’s Hawaii employees also compete in Ragnar each year. Layton employees in Utah who are interested in joining the running team should contact Paige Pryor.