What is a Ragnar Relay?
Good question, but the Ragnar crew does a much better job of explaining it than I do. You can read their description here.
Can I actually do this?
If you can run a 10K, or could train to run a 10K by September/October, you can do a Ragnar. Our team is super friendly, and we welcome the lightning fast as well as the not so much. No matter what your level of fitness, we’d be glad to have you. We have no illusions that we’re going to win (the speed of the winning teams will blow your mind). We’re all about you running a time that meets your individual goals.
How much does this thing cost?
We are collecting $250 per person. What??? $250 for a race?? We are basically collecting $120 for your registration fee, and then $130 to throw in the pot for van rentals and gas. If we are able to find vans without having to rent them, we can give some of the money back. If we don’t and we go over the money we collect, we’ll all chip in a few more bucks. Any other costs like food are between you and your van mates. Think of it this way… for most out of town races you’d be renting a hotel, parking, all that good stuff. Our van is our hotel, and $250 for an experience like this one is a bargain!
Who are you people?
We started out as a small group who all work at Spectrum and then recruited friends, family and random suckers to join us and form our team. Now we’re just one big happy Ragnar family. Everyone has some connection that brought them here. It’s Six Degrees to Kevin Bacon, Ragnar style.
So you’ve done this before?
We’ve done a bunch of these… two in PA, eight in DC and one Trail Relay. So while I don’t know that we are considered experts, we certainly have an idea of what to expect. So if you have any questions about the race at all, just ask one of us. We don’t bite!
Do you really run all night long?
Not personally, but yes, one of our runners will be running at all times from Friday morning until Saturday afternoon. Pretty much every runner will get a chance to run in the dark with a headlamp on.
What’s the hardest part of a Ragnar?
This probably depends on who you ask, but I’ll give you the common top 3…
- The running. May seem obvious, but there are some serious miles and some even more serious hills. Our low-mileage runners will still be running in the range of half-marathon mileage, with our hardcore runners exceeding the 20-mile mark. It’s no joke.
- The breaks. Think it sounds a lot easier because you get a break between runs? Staying loose when you’re crammed in a van with 5 other people is near impossible. So you run, squeeze in the van and get all tight, then run 8 hours later(ish). Tougher than you’d think.
- The exhaustion. Running 7 or 8 miles is one thing. Running it after doing two other 10k runs the day before and then barely getting any sleep is a challenge. By the end of your third run, you’ve earned that medal.
What’s the best part of a Ragnar?
No question here. It is one of the best bonding experiences you’ll ever have.