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The 25-hour day: Frog Hollow's extra hour

2011 25 Hours of Frog Hollow
Race volunteers kept fires going throughout the night for cold racers.

Held over the weekend of the daylight savings time change, the third annual 25 Hours in Frog Hollow boasts 25 hours of non-stop racing from 10 am Saturday to 10 am Sunday.

Held just outside of Hurricane, Utah, the 12.2 mile course features some of the classic trails of the area including the fast and smooth JEM Trail and the rocky Rim Trail. Part bike race, part costume party, with an excellent crew of volunteers and spectacular scenery in the shadow of Zion National Park, Frog Hollow is quickly gaining the reputation as one of the best all-day races on the calendar.

With many racers flocking to the desert to escape the snow and cold temperatures around the west, the weather played a cruel trick and racers were greeted with snow flurries and cold temperatures on Saturday morning with bitterly cold temperatures forecasted for the night.

Luckily for racers, especially those in costume, the weather began to clear just minutes before the race start and a strong north wind quickly dried the damp course. As the day wore on, the weather continued to improve and the 20 mph winds died down leaving the night dead calm with temperatures well below freezing. With the cold temperatures, many racers from colder climates took advantage of competitors’ cold hands and feet to open up race deciding leads. Sunday arrived clear as racers were treated to a brilliant sunrise illuminating the cliffs of Zion for the final laps of the 25-hour endurance test.

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