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Foot race might slow traffic in Clear Spring area

September 14, 2011

A two-day foot race from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C., will pass through Washington County on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 and might slow traffic, according to police and race officials.

The Ragnar Relay Washington, D.C., will be run on National Pike, Mill Street and Clear Spring Road in Washington County, an event news release said.

The race will be held on local roads from noon on Sept. 23 to 2 a.m. Sept. 24, the release said.

The roads will not have to be closed, but the race may slow traffic, according to Maryland State Police.

Runners in the race usually stay on the shoulder of roads or on a running path along the roadways, said Emily Ransom, spokeswoman for the event.

There are 280 teams in the race, and each team uses two vans, Ransom said.

This is the fourth year for the 200-mile Ragnar Relay Series, which is presented by Nordic Track, the nation’s top provider of overnight-relay races, the release said.

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