6 Hours in Frog Hollow mountain bike race, Hurricane, Utah, April 19, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
VIRGIN — Dressed in Easter costumes, bunny ears and bright colors, around 260 riders took off at 9 a.m. Saturday on their mountain bikes across dusty terrain to compete in the fifth annual 6 Hours in Frog Hollow race. This event is costume-themed and recognized for its fun camaraderie, carving 13.5 miles through Frog Town just off Highway 9 in Virgin.
Ally Barton of Salt Lake City came with her boyfriend and a group of their friends to compete in the race. Originally from Vermont, Barton said that she averaged a much higher mile per hour average in the Southern Utah conditions.
“In Vermont, they have seven-mile loops, and it takes me about an hour and half just to complete one lap,” she said. “Here, I’m averaging about 12 miles an hour.”
“I did True Grit too. But this race is all a team effort, which makes it more fun,” said St. George Police Department mountain bike patrolman Curtis Spragg, who came out to race with eight of his fellow officers.
6 Hours in Frog Hollow is hosted by the Southern Utah-based GRO Promotions, also responsible for the upcoming 25 Hours in Frog Hollow race.
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St. George News reporters Aspen Stoddard and Alexa Verdugo Morgan contributed to this story.