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The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series Expands to California with Los Angeles Overnight Relay
Ragnar Events presents another terrific overnight relay with the opportunity to run the inaugural MyoMed Ragnar Relay Los Angeles in April of 2009. This proven formula is now being offered to even more regions of the USA, including this 177-mile relay from Santa Barbara to Dana Point along the legendary coast of California.

  
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series Expands to California with Los Angeles Overnight Relay

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Monday, 3 November, 2008

The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series continues to grow! This new event in California will bring the total number of MyoMed Ragnar Relays around the country to nine. This proven relay formula will be targeting this new region of the country, and the organization and the concept are perfectly suited for California—it is a kind of mobile Hollywood production anyway! Ragnar, the legendary Norse king/adventurer would be exceptionally pleased with the California course. Being a seafaring man, he would approve of the beautiful route along the Pacific, with mountains and cliffs and crashing surf throughout. What a course, what a region, and what a terrific concept—such high adventure packed into 24 hours. There are 36 legs, and runners will delight in their running; additionally, they have the chance to cheer teammates, enjoy great opportunities to meet others from around the country, see California up close as never before, and take up the twin challenges of team logistics and team theme/fun. Sleep? Maybe; but more likely teams will rock out and party when not running, with every transition area a party in itself.

There are now nine MyoMed Ragnar Relays (perhaps soon to be ten?). Stay tuned!

California Dreaming
Santa Barbara, the starting point for this 177-mile rolling party, is one of the most famous and most sought after locales in the country. And it is for good reason—natural beauty. What a place to begin this 24 hour, 36-leg journey and adventure. The Ragnar concept just screamed “California” from the outset: Awards for best team name, best decorated vehicle, live music along the course, and a rocking finish line party at Dana Point, adjacent to famous San Juan Capistrano.

All participants receive a great technical shirt, finishing medals, and awards for division winners. But the emphasis is clearly on fun AND competition. And all will have memories to last a lifetime!

Much of the course is along the Pacific Coast Highway, and during the first hours, initial legs, there will be a very beautiful series of views of the Pacific Ocean on the right and the Santa Monica Mountains on the left. The relay moves into the LA metro area, giving runners and teammates a very different look at “Hollywood” and LA, including a close look at Santa Monica, LAX, and El Segundo. Other locations evoke images of surfing and music, including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. The course works its way around and through Long Beach, and then moves back to the shore to experience Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach before entering Dana Point to rock at the finish line.

This will be the inaugural Los Angeles MyoMed Ragnar Relay, but this organization has tons of experience in putting on relays, and believe me when I say they have the details covered. They have planned very well for you. The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back—the original--is now one of nine produced by Ragnar Events, LLC, and is part of the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series, the largest relay series in the country. They administer nine of the most successful and fastest growing overnight relays in beautiful, but very different, regions.

You Can Do This—Run for the Fun
Experiences like this one don’t come along very often. Build a team of adventurous, fun folks and see the grandeur of the California Coast. Then try one of the other eight for comparison in any of these very different regions of the country.

Each course is divided into 36 legs with designated exchange zones at the end of each leg. Each team typically runs two vehicles, preferably vans. There are two main categories for teams to choose from: regular 12-person teams (7 to 12 persons) or ultra teams consisting of 6-runners who run either a 6x1 or 6x6 configuration. Corporate and high school teams are also invited to participate, along with running clubs or simply friends and relatives. Additionally, there are divisions for law enforcement and fire department personnel, as well as the military. Lastly there is a division for running stores.

These relays are designed for runners of all abilities. Even if you can’t get your own team together, you can be placed one with new friends. Whether you are an ultra-marathoner or a beginner, there is a spot for you in the MyoMed Ragnar Relay. There are six classifications, including women’s, men’s and mixed regular teams, and women’s, men’s, and mixed ultra teams. And there are eight divisions within those classifications: Open, Sub-masters (30 and over), Masters (40 and over), Senior Masters (50 and over), Corporate, Law Enforcement/Fire/Military, Running Stores, and High School. Ragnar Events, LLC even offers training schedules and guides for beginners—novice and intermediate level. Anyone can participate.

The planning and attention to detail regarding route, safety, and rules that have gone into this relay, such as the extensive instruction book and choice of transfer venues, will be a tremendous asset when teams begin the adventure. They have arranged this course and all of the familiar Ragnar amenities just for your team.

Corporate Opportunity—Team Building
Planning and organizing for a 12-person team to run 177 miles at the best possible pace is a great company team builder. Meeting this challenge is as much fun as you can have in team running, and team building. Talk about a morale booster! Clubs, social organizations, and companies can compete with others, or contest their own internal bragging rights. Many companies pay tens of thousands of dollars for such team building—and other methods are likely much less effective. Let Ragnar be your team-building consultant!

The course will be well marked and monitored with plenty of access to aid. Safety is the highest priority for Ragnar Events, LLC. Carefully selected van exchanges will allow runners to shower, eat, sleep, refill water bottles, party, and get to know friends. The big finish line party will reinvigorate all participants, with live music, awards, massages, vendors, and excellent food and beverages. Teams will enjoy that incomparable feeling of accomplishment and team camaraderie.

MyoMed Ragnar Relays Throughout the Nation
MyoMed Ragnar Relays now run in the following regions: The California Pacific Coast, the South—Texas, Southeast—Florida, Desert Southwest, Northeast—New York, Rocky Mountain West, Pacific Northwest, Upper Midwest-Mississippi Valley, and Mid Atlantic—Maryland and Washington, D.C.

This is an enormous undertaking considering the logistics involved in point-to-point 200-mile events. But they have been tremendously successful, and growth has been phenomenal. So Ragnar Events, LLC will be pleased to bring their concept to California—Santa Barbara, Hollywood, famous surfing beaches, and the world famous Pacific Coast Highway. This event, and the eight others around the USA, allows even more people to participate in this tremendously fast-growing overnight relay experience.

Here is the fantastic line up as it stands now:

• October 24-25, 2008 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas to Austin, Texas
• November 14-15,2008 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Florida
Clearwater, Florida to Daytona Beach
• February 27-28, 2009 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Del Sol
Wickenburg, Arizona to Mesa, Arizona
• April 24-25, 2009 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Los Angeles
Santa Barbara, CA, to Dana Point
• May 15-16, 2009 MyoMed Ragnar Relay New York
Woodstock, New York to the Bronx
• June 19-20, 2009 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back
Logan, Utah to Park City, Utah
• July 24-25, 2009 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage
Blaine, Washington to Langley, Washington
• August 21-22, 2009 (tent.) MyoMed Ragnar Relay Great River
La Crosse, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota
• September 25-26, 2009 (tent.) MyoMed Ragnar Relay Capital, Washington, D.C.
Cumberland, Maryland to the District of Columbia

Ragnar and Ragnar Events, LLC
Ragnar was a wild individualist, a powerful Norse King and historical character who is shrouded in myth. For the folks at Ragnar Events, LLC, he symbolizes the free spirit and outdoor adventurous soul within everyone. He was apparently tough, determined, and care free; he has become the symbol and “spirit” of MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series from the beginning. This spirit was embodied in their first relay, the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back. Their goals and number of events have grown, but the essential purpose is the same--to bring the tremendous experience of a distance relay and beautiful landscapes to as many runners as possible.

The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back started out with 260 runners in 2003. Last year they had 7,000 runners and expect even more next year. This relay expanded and the concept was used to create the other similar relays in different beautiful regions. They have enjoyed explosive growth with each adventure, a reflection of the national trend toward overnight distance relays and adventure outings. They have learned much over the years, and those participating in the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Los Angeles will be the beneficiaries of that knowledge and expertise.

For more information on the organization, the nine relays, general information, registration details, and on Ragnar, please go to www.ragnarrelay.com.

So Many Reasons to Go Ragnar
This event has a breathtaking setting, a destination region that many visit from around the world; it has remote and singularly gorgeous views to experience, as well as an up close view of one of the most famous urban areas in the nation. For all the “wild” adventure, it is conveniently located near a major urban area and airports.

Teams will likely enjoy very comfortable running weather, a spectacular sunset over the Pacific Ocean, and phenomenal sun rise. They will appreciate stunning scenery and seascapes and a lot of live music and fun and camaraderie with new and old friends. Somehow, on the road with your team/friends, these experiences are enhanced by the challenge. You won’t believe how much fun 24 hours can be--fantastic opportunity, unforgettable experience.

The relay series has excellent sponsorship with MyoMed and Nordic Track. It is exceptionally well planned and well orchestrated. And it will be just about as much fun as runners can have in any event—challenging, yet remarkably enjoyable, the epitome of camaraderie and teamwork. Enjoy life, Run the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Los Angeles!

 

 

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