At 8:00am on September 25th, 2015, two teams riding for ALS Crowd started the long road to St. George in the race Salt to Saint. Seth Christensen gathered his family and friends together to be part of his ALS Crowd team.
Salt to Saint is a road biking relay in Utah where riders bike from Salt Lake City to St. George. Teams of eight, four, or (if you’re brave enough) single riders push themselves on this 400+ mile race, divided into 24 legs. It is a non-stop race, so there are riders on the road at all hours of the day and night. Teams develop their own way of doing it, but the goal is to have the best time. Whether you’re in it to win it or not, Salt to Saint is a fun event that brings new challenges and new friendships for the teams who participate.
The ALS Crowd teams were a successful group with no injuries and no flat tires. By the end of the race, our teams were exhausted and more than ready for showers. Seth Christensen, co-founder of ALS Crowd, had a bike so that he was able to ride. Accompanied by his brother-in- law, Brad Hale was Seth’s co-pilot on this specialty made recumbent tandem bicycle. Our teams worked hard and Seth rode three legs during the race (roughly 50 miles). After 24 legs, 400 miles, and almost 29 hours, the whole team rode through the finish line together. Escorted by a race official, all 16 riders came through with a smile on their face.
It was definitely an emotional finish. Participating in the Salt to Saint race was not only to raise awareness for ALS, but to remind ourselves that we can still do great things despite the challenges we are given in life. Even though there are dificulties, you will be surprised at what you can accomplish.
If you are wondering how our teams did, just know that they did not finish last and that slow and steady wins the race. We are proud of our ALS Crowd teams and the good that they did to bring awareness to ALS. If you want to be part of this race next year, remember to register at salttosaint.com.