Running The BRAWL: 300 Miles for a Friend

Follow along as three accomplished ultra-runners run an incredible 300-mile route through the Bear River and Wasatch mountain ranges, all in support of helping para-athlete Austin Patten attain his goal of completing an Ironman Triathlon.

In August 2019, Austin, a Utah-based triathlete, was hit by a car while riding his bike as he trained for an upcoming Ironman event. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Less than a year later, Austin restarted his training and is determined to complete the full-length Ironman distance as a para-athlete.Three fellow endurance athletes inspired by Austin’s grit and determination are helping him achieve his goal. They’re asking you to join in and support Austin too.

Ben Light of Heber City, Utah, Michael McKnight of Logan, Utah and Dax Hock of Boise, Idaho have created a 300-mile route they have dubbed the “Utah BRAWL 300”. The route will link two iconic Utah ultra-marathons, the Bear 100 and the Wasatch Front 100. BRAWL is an acronym for: Bear River And Wasatch Linkup.


On July 20th, they will start their 300-mile BRAWL run from the shores of Bear Lake in Fish Haven, Idaho and travel west through the Bear River Range before turning south in Logan, Utah. Next, they will cross Cache Valley to enter the rugged Wasatch Mountains north of Ogden and traverse south to conclude their journey at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.

The trio is raising funds to purchase Austin the required para-triathlete racing wheelchair, and to provide specialized coaching for his new challenges.

Please join Kogalla, BAM Endurance, Intermountain Tri, and these three determined runners in their efforts to help Austin achieve his dream of completing an Ironman by donating today.

Written by Ben Light


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