Spokane to Sandpoint Relay improves safety for runners


by Othello Richards and KREM.com


Posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 17 at 8:22 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Organizers have improved the safety of a relay race this weekend involving hundreds of runners that starts in Spokane and ends in Sandpoint, Idaho.
The Spokane to Sandpoint Relay has a history of cars hitting race participants with one racer dying in 2010.

Racers started early Friday morning on Mount Spokane.  They will run 200 miles in different shifts throughout the night and end sometime Saturday.

The race organizers have put a huge emphasis on safety in the race’s sixth year.

Runners receive time penalties if they do not follow the safety rules and organizers put up more event signs warning drivers about runners on the road as well as more lighting along the course.

“I’m not nervous at all about my safety,” said racer Siri Herzog.

Herzog was running with a group of six moms who had all types of lights and reflective clothing for their night runs, including lights on their knuckles.

The changes stemmed from events back in 2010 when a car hit and hurt one runner who ran into traffic near Colbert Road thinking the vehicle would stop.

The next day a driver who claimed she was drowsy struck two participants in Spirit Lake, killing one who was riding a bicycle as support.