Zilker Relays was founded in 2002 by Paul Perrone, owner of The Genesis Agency – an Austin based business that represents premium brands within the running, triathlon, cycling and outdoor industry. He gathered the help of a few friends with a desire to create something unique for the Austin running community.
"One summer evening I was running in Zilker Park while the sun was setting: I stopped and thought, what a great venue for a relay, party and concert," states Perrone. "I believe we have set the bar very high in Austin for what a participant receives for their entry fee." In addition to a great run, participants are treated to live music during the relay and beer garden after the event. We like to reinforce the "fun factor" that running can bring into a person's life. Running doesn't always have to be a solo effort and racing doesn't always have to be focused on individual achievement."
Given Zilker Park, home to the world famous Austin City Limits® Music Festival, allowed us to create such an amazing event in Austin for the past 10 years, we decided it would be best to keep the name and bring it to a city near you!
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