The Ponderosa Pine Relay starts in Weiser, Idaho - just over the Oregon/Idaho border southeast of Baker City; and finishes in Cascade, Idaho - on the shores of Cascade Lake. The standard route is 190 miles, which can be covered by anywhere from 6 to 12 teammates over two days. The route loops up and around Payette Lake, with the last 12 legs heading south.
There's also a sprint relay option, in which teams of six can take on the last 12 legs (about 62 miles) for a one-day race. This race starts north of Cascade Lake in McCall, Idaho, on the shores of Payette Lake and runs south to Cascade.
The 36-leg option starts on July 20, 2012; the 12-leg sprint relay starts on July 21, 2012.
The course is made up of rails-to-trails pathways (The Weiser River Trail), back roads, and runs around Payette Lake, then skirts the western shore of Cascade Lake, which offers some pretty amazing views. (If you are the team captain, you get first dibs on which legs you run. So check out the course maps and plan ahead!) There looks to be some pretty spicy uphill on the course too, but you know that a lot of those really tough hills lead to the best views!
Like most other relays, teams do need to provide volunteers - or you can "hire" a volunteer for $100; 100% of which goes to local charities.
This event is capped at only 55 teams, so send your running buddies an email and get planning! If there is still space available, you'll be able to register online for the full distance relay until May 31, 2012 for $1,050 for a 12-person team and $550 for a 6-person team. After that the prices go up to $1,150 and $600. For the sprint relay, it's $550 until May 31, 2012 and $600 after.
Keep tabs on developments and chat up the RD and other participants on the Ponderosa Pine Relay facebook page, where you can also ask questions and maybe even find yourself a team or some runners!