Thanks for popping back in to read the Part 2 Ragnar Napa Valley race recap. In case you missed the first half, you can find it here. I’ve still got a lot to share so let’s pick right up where we left off.
Part 2 Ragnar Napa Valley Race Recap
My second leg just over 4 miles in Santa Rosa, CA was pretty uneventful unless you count smelling tons of pot the whole run. I was also surprised by how many crosswalks we had to navigate between 8:30-9:30 pm and how dark the route was. I am not used to running before dawn or after sunset. Props to those who do it all the time. It’s not easy to see what is in front of you.
After a quick meet up with van 2 at exchange 18, our van had about 5 hours to rest before our 3rd legs. This is where the over tired and under fed silliness comes in. Looking for a “real” bathroom, we descended upon a 24 hour target. Somehow this happened…
Lots of wardrobe changes go on as well. Seemed like we were constantly changing in and out of them. The temps also dropped into the 40’s at night and rose to high 80’s during the day. After a little bit of rest in our van, it was time to take on our last run legs just before dawn on Saturday. My run leg was cancelled at the last minute for some reason and I ended up having the opportunity to buddy up and run with my friend Sue. We watched the sunrise just as we were finishing our run.
Our van finished out last legs, passed off to van 2 and had about 5 hours to kill before meeting them at the finish. We fortunately had time to go check into our hotel, shower and change. After 3 runs, and 2 days we sure needed one! We headed back to the finish to cheer our team in. Our last runner got lost (along with 6 other runners) but safely made it to the finish.
One of the things I love about Ragnar races are that the medals all fit together like a puzzle with a message connecting them. It does take all 12 of us to make it to the finish line.
After more showers, lots of sleep and lots of food, it was time to celebrate. We toasted our achievements with an all day long wine tasting. We learned a lot about the wines of Napa Valley and had the opportunity to visit some beautiful properties.
Perfect end to a fabulous weekend with the best of friends. Unlike a regular race, running in a Ragnar always seems secondary to all the other events and bonding that occur. It’s really like a big road trip with a few runs thrown in. Hope I did it justice with my recap. I am ready to sign up for another one next year-who wants to join me?
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