So much goes on in a 36 hour Ragnar Relay! It is so difficult to recap a race like Ragnar but I am going to try. Last weekend’s Ragnar Niagara Falls was by far my most favorite Ragnar race to date. Let me tell you all about it.
Ragnar Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls relay starts outside of Toronto in a small town called Cobourg in Ontario. We flew up on Wednesday from DC (an easy 1 hour flight). I will recap the Toronto time in a separate post. Thursday afternoon we headed out to Cobourg to meet up with the rest of our team (12 runners, 2 vans) and check in for the race.
We started our adventure in a small local restaurant with a team dinner. One of our MRTT runners was able to rope in 3 Canadian friends. The rest of us just met them for the first time. I am sure it’s not easy to jump into a van with 9 crazy Americans that you have never met before but they were such good sports. We became instant friends!
One of the most fun rituals of a Ragnar race is to decorate your vans. We like to post all of our photos on the vans and also have some fun with our team name, “Moms Do It All Night Long”.
Van 2 is ready to rock it!
Let the silliness begin…we were armed and ready. No chafing for these mother runners thanks to Body Glide.
Because I was in van 2 this time, we had a later start for our 6 runners. Our van was set to start around noon on Friday (van 1 started at 6:30 am) so we headed out to fuel up for our runs. So what happens when 6 runners in a van eating breakfast meet up with comedians in cars drinking coffee?….
Yup Jerry Seinfeld was sitting at the table next to us in some middle of nowhere Canadian town. I was elected to go over and strike up a convo. This is me explaining to him all about Ragnar relays and how they run. Yup he pretty much thought we were nuts but did agree to a group photo. Our adventure was off to a great start indeed!
We made it to the exchange point and briefly met up with our friends from van 1. I would say the biggest downside to Ragnar is that the 2 vans really do not get to spend that much time together.
Let’s do this van 2! We were excited to start our first runs of the race.
Before I knew it, I was off and running my first leg 6.7 miles.
I was alone on a wooded trail, when I met some new running friends. They wild turkeys were enormous and I mean enormous! I admit I was a little afraid to run by them at the time. Other than that, my first run was pretty good.
Van 2 finished their first runs by around 6 pm and it was time to refuel again. We filled up on pizza and salads. Our second set of runs was set to begin around midnight Friday night. My run was around 1:30 am (5.7 miles) in the pitch black. My headlamp did not seem to do much good and I was so glad that I had my knuckle lights to light up the path. No wild animals on this leg but I did get soaked by some sprinklers. That will wake you up in the middle of the night!
Okay there is no way to recap a whole Ragnar Relay race in one post so to be continued on Friday!
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