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Tour of Utah volunteer needs, and road closures announced

Article Date: 
3 August, 2012 (All day)

Local organizing committees and host cities for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah are looking to fill 2,000 volunteer positions this year for the August 7-12, 2012 professional cycling event. Course marshals are still needed in Morgan County for stages 1 and 3 as well as course marshals for stage 4 at the finish area near the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.  Individuals can join by completing an application online at the official web site, www.tourofutah.com/volunteer.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and are required to sign a waiver.
The Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique pro sports in the world today.   Because there is no charge, volunteers play a key role in the success of this world-class sporting event, providing their time and expertise throughout the six days of racing in Utah. Not only do many cycling fans find this to be the best way to get close to the action, it is also the best way to guarantee a commemorative Tour of Utah T-shirt. This year the Tour will thank volunteers with additional merchandise, including a collapsible lunch tote and collapsible water bottle. 
EnergySolutions will also make sure that volunteers receive sunscreen and water during race week. 
The Utah Sports Commission is assisting the Tour with volunteer coordination. The Commission views willing volunteers as its most valuable resource. Volunteers will not only receive the personal satisfaction of helping make this internationally-sanctioned stage race a success, but they will also gain a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective into a major cycling event. 
Roads closures in the area will be rolling road blocks, with closure about 20-30 minutes before cyclists arrive.  For the first time, Ogden will be the Overall Start host city for “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM.” Ogden will again host Stage One with the race beginning downtown on Historic 25th Street on Aug. 7 at 10:15 a.m. The route encompasses Ogden Canyon en route to Morgan County’s lush ranchlands, reservoirs and canyons as well as past two massive reservoirs. The peloton will crest the infamous Trapper’s Loop to cross the North Ogden Pass from the backside and sprint through downtown Ogden to the finish. The finish is expected between 3:30 - 4 p.m.
Two days later on August 9, the elite cyclists will return to Ogden for the Stage Three start, presented by the University of Utah Health Care. This stage will begin at 12:15 p.m. in Ogden’s Junction area (in front of the Salomon Center) concluding in Salt Lake City. The route will travel through Huntsville and Morgan. Cyclists will climb the North Ogden divide for a second time in three days, pass Snowbasin Resort and East Canyon State Park. The finish line is located at the University of Utah’s Research Park.
Stage 1 Road closure and rolling closure information
Effective: Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Start on 25th St. and Kiesel > Left on Monroe Blvd > Right on 20th Monroe > Left on Valley > Right on Canyon Rd. (SR 39) > Right on SR 167 > Left on Old Highway Rd > Right on SR 66 > Left on SR 65> Right on Main St. > Left on East Henefer Rd. > Left 1900 North > Right West Henefer Rd > Right SR 65 > Left Morgan Valley Dr. > Right 4300 North > Left Old Highway Rd. > Right SR 167 > Right SR 39 > Left on 7800 East > Right on 5500 East > Left on 5500 East > Stay right as road bends right > Left on 4100 North > Left on1050 East > Left on 2600 North > Left on Monroe Blvd. > Right on 1100 North > Left on Monroe Blvd. > Right on 26th Street > Right on Lincoln Ave. > Right on 25th St. Finishing on Kiesel Ave.  
 
Stage 3 Road closure and rolling closure information
Effective: Aug. 9 from noon until 3 p.m.
Start on 23rd and Washington Blvd. > Left on Monroe > Right on 1100 North > Left on Mountain Rd. > Left on 2600 North > Right on 2600 North > Right on 1050 East > Stay right as the road bends > Right on 1050 East > Right on 3500 East > Stay left as the road bends left > Right on 5500 East > Left on 1900 North > Stay right as road bends > Right 2295 on North > Left on SR 167 (Trappers Loop) > Left on Old Highway Rd > Right on North State St. > Right on SR 65 > Right on Emigration Canyon Rd. > Left on Emigration Canyon Rd. > Right on Arapeen Dr. finishing at University of Utah Research Park.