I’m so very excited to announce that I am registered for another Ragnar Relay. This time we are venturing out to San Francisco for the start and then into Napa Valley for a finish in Calistoga, CA. Just imagine the beauty of California and then imagine running a relay through wine country with 11 of your friends. Then throw in a few days of wine tasting and lounging around a beautiful resort with said runners. Now that’s what I call a runcation.
Runcation: noun The combination of a race and vacation. As in: I’m planning my runcation to Napa Valley in September.
I will be joining the ranks as our team captain for this Ragnar Relay. And I have to admit that I’m really looking forward to taking on that role.
During a Ragnar Relay, teams of 12 run a 200-mile relay over two days and one night.
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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.
While one person is running, the rest of your teammates are on support duty in your race vehicles. Teams require 2 vehicles (Runners 1-6 in van 1 and 7 -12 in van 2) Van 1’s runners will cover the first six legs. As each runner begins, the crew in the vehicle can drive ahead, cheer their runner on and meet them at the exchange point to pick them up and drop off the next runner. After the first 6 legs, van 2 picks up the slack and starts putting in the miles.
Once your van’s runners finish the six legs, you drive ahead to the major exchange point to wait for your other van to finish their six legs, hunker down and try to get some rest. If you aren’t in the mood to sleep or can’t seem to move your body into sleep mode, try harder because you will need it for the next step.
All that stuff above? Yeah… you get to do it two more times.
It’s pretty fricking awesome!
Our team will consist of myself, my best friend, her sister, and nine of their friends from the West Coast, mostly Californians. I’ll be making the longest commute all the way from Florida. My husband is joining us as a volunteer this time. He has never really enjoyed running, so he is sitting this one out. Each runner has already selected their legs and we are beginning our preparations.
This will be my second Ragnar Relay, but it’s sure not going to be my last. If I had the financial means, I would be running these relays year round.
I selected the runner six position. Here is a breakdown of what I’ll be running.
Stay tuned for updates on all our preparations and traveling up to the date of the race, which isn’t until September 20. I can’t wait to post all about this one.
Have you ever done a relay?