Today I am joining up with my friends Erika (MCM Mama Runs) for a round up of great Ragnar links and Coco Running with Perseverance) to chat about our upcoming Ragnar race in Washington, DC next week. Please check out their pages too for lots more info.
Ragnar– What is it?
You and 11 of your craziest friends (or 5 of your crazier friends for an ultra team) pile into two vans and tag team running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-8 miles and varying in difficulty. So, from the elite runner down to the novice jogger, it’s the perfect race for anyone. (RagnarRelay.com)
So I’ve joined up with 11 of my MRTT mamas (Erika included) to participate in our first Ragnar race together. Our team name is…drumroll…“Moms Do It All Night Long”-cute huh? We will be running 200.5 miles from Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC relay style.
What does Ragnar mean?
Ragnar was a king and hero of early 9th century Scandinavia. He was a conqueror, a wild man, a leader, fearless and free-spirited.*
In much the same way, today’s Ragnarians fulfill their freedom to roam, to explore, to lead, – a free-spirited desire to get out there and experience an outdoor adventure with friends. They traverse beautiful scenery, conquer challenges, and celebrate as a team. They outfit themselves in crazy costumes, deck out their vans and tents and walk away with kick-ass medals, bragging rights and unforgettable stories of this epic adventure!
Who are we? People that seek adventure, love fitness and the outdoors, give moral support to each other at 3 AM, enjoy camaraderie, don’t stop for bad weather, accomplish the amazing – together, aren’t afraid to wear crazy costumes, cheer others on, and ring cowbells to celebrate victories – small and large.
*Actual history may vary from our romanticized version. (RagnarRelay.com)
Why do we do it?
I have no idea what so ever! Remember when you were in high school and you stayed up all night, wearing pj’s, gossiping about boys and eating junk food?? Well I envision this experience as staying up all night with my girlfriends, wearing running clothes, drinking gatorade and eating GU shots and talking about our kids. Same thing right?!
I definitely don’t expect much sleeping!
I’ve read a few other posts on what the Ragnar experience will be like but what better way to really hear about it than to ask friends who have recently “survived” one:
From Sue (This Mama Runs for Cupcakes) “Ragnar isn’t a place to PR, you are facing obstacles that most of us aren’t used to, i.e., sleep deprivation, decreased recovery time..have fun with it and take advantage of a low key race where you don’t always have to look at your Garmin!”
From Sarah (MRTT Chapter leader and Ragnar Trail Relay Ambassador) “It’s all about your team mate who’s out on the course. You get lost in cheering on each other and really come together as a team. Having runners of all different levels on your team is an amazing experience. It’s the way running should be!”
Love it! Can’t wait to get out there and have fun with my BRF’s.
The important stuff!
Van decoration and costumes are very important I hear. Having a great van decked out helps others cheer you on and helps the team get into the spirit of things. We’ve got some great decor plans and matching outfits of course. Stay tuned for those in the next post.
Here is a cute one that I saw though:
Right now my biggest worry is having to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night…in the woods…in the middle of nowhere…alone.
So those are the ramblings of a Ragnarian to be. Next post: packing for a Relay Race
So any packing must haves? Have you done a Ragnar or relay race?