Great Ohio River Relay rally

ROBB DeCAMP Special to the Times

Participants in the Great Ohio River Relay rally in Muskingum Park in Marietta Thursday afternoon. The event was put together by groups concerned about the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing who passed a baton throughout the state to spark interest and raise awareness about the issue. Starting Saturday, near the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers in Pittsburgh, several bikers, runners, and paddlers began transporting a baton the entire 981 miles of the Ohio River. The baton was handed off in Marietta on Thursday to anti-fracking group Appalachia Resist.