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Mon., Aug. 16, 2010, 9:22 a.m.

Should 185-Mile Relay Race Continue?

Two Berry Pickers -- Keith Erickson (and his daughters) and Dan @ Avista -- participated in that Spokane-to-Sandpoint relay race of 185 miles that included Coeur d'Alene's City Park and the east end of the Centennial Trail on the North Shore. As Mrs. O & I walked along the waterfront Friday evening, we encountered relay runners jogging around the college and out to Higgens Point. Some were already wearing lights to make them visible to motorists as they prepared to run north to Sandpoint. I thought they were crazy to run along busy, dark roads in the middle of the night. A woman had been hit by a vehicle that morning on the Newport Highway. On Saturday morning, of course, we learned of the tragic accident in which a Spokane County bicyclist was killed and her running mate injured on Highway 41, near Blanchard. So here's the question:

Question: Given the 2 serious accidents involving participants, is it wise to continue the Spokane-to-Sandpoint race in future years?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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