In May I am running in a Ragnar Relay Race…and in case you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, here is a little break down from the Ragnar website:
In our original Ragnar Relay races, teams cover 200-ish miles of running from point A to point B, on sidewalks, backroads, bike paths, paved trails and road shoulders. Form a 12-Pack team with 11 of your friends, family members or co-workers. Or you can form a 6-Pack team (open during regular registration periods during all Ragnar Relays), and we’ll pair you with another 6-Pack team to form a full team of 12 runners. For those looking for an even bigger challenge, form a 6-person Ultra team and conquer the course with half the team members.
Pile teams into vans or SUVs and tag team 200-ish miles, day and night, relay-style over two days and one night. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-13 miles and varying in difficulty. Runners average about 17 total miles, with some of the shorter runner positions totaling 11 miles and some of the longer runner positions totaling 24 miles. Ultra runners take on 6 legs each, and average a full marathon (26+ miles).
While one person is running, the rest of your teammates are on support duty in your race vehicles. Teams of 12 require two vehicles (Runners 1-6 in Van One and 7 -12 in Van Two). Van One’s runners will cover the first six legs. As each runner begins, the crew in the vehicle can drive ahead, cheer their runner on and meet them at the exchange point to pick them up and drop off the next runner. After the first 6 legs, Van Two gets their chance to shine and starts putting in the miles.
Once your van’s runners finish the six legs, you can enjoy downtime, get food, maybe sleep, and then drive ahead to the major exchange point to wait for your other van to finish their six legs. All that stuff above? Yeah… you get to do it two more times.
Sounds awesome, right?! There was a time when I heard about the Ragnar Race Series and thought it sounded like so much fun, but that I literally only knew one person (aka my sister) who I could maybe convince to do it with me.
Let’s back up to exactly a year ago and I would have thought THE EXACT SAME THING! But then, I sucked up my pride, stuck my head out of my comfort zone and showed up at a JP’s Team Fun Run downtown. I met other runners–some fast, some slow, some in the middle–but all incredible people!
That small bout of courage propelled me to keep writing on my blog, posting on Instagram and eventually pushed me to join a softball team in the summer. Tiny spurts of bravery that led me to apply to be a Ragnar ambassador and now captaining a team of amazing people! Some of my teammates I haven’t even met in person (hello, social media!); some I met at that first run last year or at other races, and one of them is from my softball team. Meet Team Endorphriends!
We have no plans to win this race even though we have some seriously amazing runners on our team, but we do plan on having the most fun ever. Have you ever thought about doing a relay race? Don’t hesitate! I haven’t even done it yet, but it’s already my best race decision yet. Running with friends is never a bad idea!
I can’t wait to share so many more details with you in the months to come! While you wait for me to write more, check out these posts from a couple of my teammates:
There’s still time to gather your team & register for this race! Prices go up February 23 so don’t wait! Check out the Ragnar Niagara website here for more info!