It's a feud as old as Cain and Abel. Well, almost. And now there's another competition to settle the score: the first-ever Holy War 5K.
The race, sponsored by Salt Lake Running Company, will take place on Saturday, September 3 in Sugar House Park to kick off 2016's Rivalry Week. Early registration for the Holy War 5K is $30. Click here to register.
Runners will register as a BYU or Utah fan and receive a T-shirt with their team colors. The running times of each team will be added together and averaged to determine the winning team.
So, what's the Holy War, anyways?
Brigham Young University and the University of Utah have been rivals since their first football matchup in 1896, which ended in an all-out brawl. The annual football game between the red and blue was long ago dubbed The Holy War, and the stakes are always high. During Rivalry Week each year, fans from the two universities drive each other crazy with expressions of mutual dislike as the Utah and Salt Lake Valleys are whipped into a frenzy of school spirit and paranoia. BYU students wrap the statue of Brigham Young in plastic wrap to avoid any red paint from die-hard Ute fans (it's happened before), and have even been known to guard the “Y” logo on the mountain to prevent any rivalry action. In 2013, Utah fans were forcibly face-painted with blue paint by Cougar fans. I'm from the land of the Big 12 and the SEC, where college football rivalries were practically invented, and even I agree that this rivalry is one for the books.
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College football fans may not be able to duke it out themselves on the gridiron, but the Holy War 5K is the chance for some (hopefully) friendly competition between fans of the Utah Utes and the BYU Cougars.
To learn more about the Holy War 5K, visit this website.
Holy War 5K, Saturday, September 3, Sugar House Park. holywar5K.com