The Utah State Office of Education entered a team of 12 educators and education partners in the 2012 Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay Race. The team took the name “Occam’s Racers” and the motto: “It’s simple. Just run.” The Wasatch Back is a 192-mile relay race with teams of 12 racers (www.ragnarrelay.com/race/wasatchback).
The USOE team was one of seven teams of Utah educators whose entry was made possible through a partnership with USOE and Imagine Learning (www.imaginelearning.com/). The Ragnar Relay was one of three events organized for the Superintendent’s Fitness Challenge, a year-long effort to encourage educators to get active and fit this school year. The other events included a 5K fun run and two-day professional development event in Park City committed to staff wellness and how fitness relates to curriculum.
The USOE “Occam’s Racers” team members included: Tyler Mills (USOE); John Brandt (Utah Data Alliance); Murrell Martin (USOE); Cammy Wilcox (USOE); Tamy Salem; Matt Goebel (Matheson Junior High); Eric Robertson (Microsoft Education); Sarah Young (USOE); Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway (USOE); Shannon Buchanan (USOE); Glenn James (Renaissance Learning, Inc.); Jeremy Cowdrey (Imagine Learning).