Steeple Chasers run Utah relay for Episcopal Relief

House of Deputies President Gay Jennings was on hand in Midway, Utah to cheer the team's finish.

House of Deputies President Gay Jennings was on hand in Midway, Utah to cheer the team’s finish.

On June 20 and 21, a group of deputies and friends organized by Deputy Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of Chicago ran in the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, a 200-mile overnight relay from Logan to Midway, Utah along the back of the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains.

“Ragnar Wasatch Back ranks as the most challenging race I’ve ever done and Team Steeple Chasers is the bravest, fiercest, committed team I know,” said Baskerville-Burrows. Other team members included Alternate Deputy Bill Geiger of Pittsburgh, Deputy Karla Woggon of Western North Carolina, Executive Council member Dahn Gandell, former Deputy Jacqueline Cameron and former Alternate Deputy Chris Rankin-Williams.

Team members' medals

The team’s medals fit together to form a reminder of the race.

The team raised nearly $27,000 in donations for the House of Deputies campaign for Episcopal Relief & Development’s 75th anniversary, while a sister team running a similar race from Madison, Wisconsin to Chicago also raised several thousand dollars for the Diocese of Chicago’s Episcopal Relief & Development fundraising effort.