Most of you reading this are likely very familiar with what the Ragnar Relay Series is. If that’s the case, feel free to skip this post and use your time exploring some other fun reads today. Like Erin’s or Carly’s (yummy recipes!), Amy’s (she just kicked off Boston training!) or Emily’s (she’s back!)!
But if you’re not — read on.
The Ragnar Relay Series is…(according to their website) an overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport. A team is made up of 6-12 individuals; each individual runs 3 legs. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, from 3-8 miles, allowing elite and novice runners to run together. Over 2 days and 1 night, teams run across 200 miles of the country’s most scenic terrain. Pair that with crazy costumes, inside jokes, a great finish line party and unforgettable stories. Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it Ragnar.
So what is Ragnar to me? To me, Ragnar was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life — so far. One where I made new friends and bonded with existing friends. Because, let’s face it, you become quite intimate with the five other sweaty runners in your van.
Because of Ragnar I got to experience running in the middle of the night under a starlit sky in the middle of nowhere on the back roads of Wisconsin.
Because of Ragnar I attempted sleep on a gymnasium floor along with dozens of other strangers. And when that didn’t work I gave up and ran my three legs in over 24 hours on no sleep.
Because of Ragnar, when it was over I took the best shower of my life, scarfed down a burrito at my fave Mexican restaurant and slept for like, two days straight.
Because of Ragnar I gained the confidence to sign up for a half marathon, a triathlon and eventually, a marathon.
Because of Ragnar, this year I have the fabulous opportunity of representing Ragnar as an Ambassador!
Finally, because of Ragnar in 2009, I’m running it again in 2013 — better prepared — and I can’t wait!