SALT LAKE CITY — On a soggy Saturday morning, 30 hardy people took to bicycles, jogging and boating the Jordan River to raise money to bring sunlight to a section of City Creek that flows underground.

The Range 2 River Relay is a third-year fundraising effort by Seven Canyons Trust aiming to promote awareness, appreciation and action for the valley’s seven creeks, as well as celebrate to their contribution to quality of life.

The trust’s current focus is the City Creek & Folsom Trail Project, where a buried City Creek follows the Folsom rail spur and cuts through neighborhoods in the 900 West and 1000 West areas.

The hope is to raise the creek along a 2-mile section to accompany a paved trail for bikers, walkers and runners.

The Salt Lake City Council has dedicated $350,000 for trail construction and to study the feasibility of “daylighting” the creek.

Brian Tonetti, the trust’s founder and executive director, said the valley’s creeks and waterways need to be appreciated and enjoyed where possible, not buried and hidden.

“Our purpose is to uncover and restore these buried and imperiled waterways.”

This year’s relay brought out 10 teams of three members, including Powered by Pizza, whose trio of women graciously accepted their last place showing.

Stephanie Owen flipped her canoe in the Jordan River, attributing the chilly mishap to poor technique.

“YouTube videos are not adequate if you don’t know what you are doing,” she said, with a straight face. “When I knew we wouldn’t win, I started picking up trash. It was a game to see how much I could collect, and it actually improved my technique.”

Her teammate, Beth Yetter, had a less dramatic experience on her bicycle.

“It was chill. Nothing exciting.”

Erin Mounce ran 3.4 miles for her portion of the relay. She knows Tonetti as a former co-worker and added, “I love …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Utah News


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