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Ragnar Relay So Cal—Beautiful Location, Great Concept, Outstanding Adventure, Fun Challenge
California Dreaming! I hear the weather may be nice in San Diego in April. If your New Years resolution involves training for a new race or a truly unique running adventure, rally your friends and teammates to run the Ragnar Relay So Cal. Capture that wanderlust! What are you waiting for?

Ragnar Relay So Cal—Beautiful Location, Great Concept, Outstanding Adventure, Fun Challenge

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Wednesday, 15 December, 2010

Ragnar Events presents another terrific overnight relay with the third annual Ragnar Relay So Cal, running April 15 and 16, 2011. This proven and popular Ragnar formula for relays provides the opportunity to run along the beautiful Pacific Coast (and 14 other regions of the USA). This 193-mile relay will run from Huntington Beach, south of Los Angeles, to Coronado Island, on San Diego Bay. The trek travels along the legendary coast of California, a beautiful route through the Golden State, with mountains, farms, beautiful beach towns and crashing surf. It’s a magnificent course in a beautiful region, and what a terrific concept—such high adventure packed into 24 to 30 hours.

This course is different than that run in the first two years, running further south to catch locales such as Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Corona, Temecula, La Jolla, Mission Bay, and San Diego harbor.

As with all Ragnar Relays, there are 36 delightful legs, and runners will enjoy each mile; additionally, they will 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 triple challenges of team logistics, challenging runs, and team theme/fun. Sleep? Maybe; but more likely teams will rock out and enjoy the adventure when not running, with every transition area a unique experience, every leg a wonderful accomplishment.

Essential Details for Ragnar Relay So Cal

The Dates: April 15th & 16th, 2011; Location: Huntington Beach to Coronado Island, CA; Description: 12 person, 193-mile, overnight running relay race from Huntington Beach along inland valleys and rural roads, to the seashore and scenic vistas to Coronado Island, CA; Start Time: 6:00 a.m. at Huntington Beach Central Park, 18000 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 94647.

Race Director: Steve Aderholt. For information Email: .

Teams Forming
Team captains will get help forming teams; individuals help in finding teams. Logistics are well planned; all you have to do is show up and run. Each team is given detailed instructions (the race bible) that contains all the rules and answers to all questions, and including maps and directions. Provided in a nutshell:

• Ragnar spirit and chance to rock out in a beautiful, inspiring setting.
• High quality technical running tees for all participants.
• T-shirts for volunteers.
• Age Group and Category Awards.
• Medal for every finisher.
• Transition areas with drinks and nourishment (and place to crash if necessary).
• Flawless course logistics and safe handoff locations.
• Excellent directions and instructions.
• Best Team Name Award.
• Participant/Volunteer Photo, Video, and Article Contest
• Best Vehicle Decorations.
• An innovative training calendar spotlighted by the New York Times.
• Rockin’ Finish Line Party!

And there is much more!
The Ragnar Relay Series continues to grow! This Ragnar Relay California will be the third of 15 Ragnar Relays in 2011. Following So Cal there will be four-week break before the New York and New England Relays run on consecutive weekends on May 13-14 and May 20-21 respectively. This successful relay formula targets nearly all regions of the country; the organization continues to expand and the concept has really caught on--perfectly suited for California, a kind of mobile Hollywood production!

Overnight Run, Lifelong Friendships
Most of your team will end up running a night leg with a headlamp--a unique experience. You will be running along the hills in rural California in the wee hours heading for the ocean. Where else can you run in the middle of the night under a canopy of stars with hundreds of other runners—and crazy friends in vans? There is camaraderie; there is fun.

Ragnar, the legendary Norse king/adventurer would be exceptionally pleased with the So Cal course. Being a seafaring man, he would approve of the beautiful route along the Pacific, with mountains, beaches and surf and sand throughout. What a course, what a region, and what a terrific concept—such high adventure packed into 24 hours.

California Dreaming
Huntington Beach, the starting point for this 193-mile rolling challenge, is one of the most famous and most sought after locales in the country. And it is for good reason—natural beauty and beautiful beaches just outside LA. 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, and a rocking finish line party at Coronado Island, adjacent to famous San Diego Bay along Silver Strand Beach and the Pacific. It is within sight of Point Loma Lighthouse and the Cabrillo National Monument across the channel.

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

Although much of the course is along the Pacific Coast Highway, there will also be rural solitude and farms, forests and scenic valleys. The relay moves east and then south from Huntington Beach and runs along the Cleveland National Forest and the Santa Ana Mountains. Mount Santiago (5,687 feet) and Mount Modjeska (5,496 feet) will be most prominent in the evening as the relay moves away from the LA metro area, giving runners and teammates a very different look at So Cal. Other locations evoke images of surfing and music, including a whole series of beaches and beach towns. The course works its way around and through San Diego and along the harbor, before heading out onto Coronado and the Silver Strand Beach to rock at the finish line.

This will be the third annual Ragnar Relay So Cal, and this organization has tons of experience in putting on relays; believe me when I say they have the details covered. They administer 15 of the most successful and fastest growing overnight relays. Check the details at or visit the Home Website at and target your next adventure. Wanderlust!

Ragnar Relays Throughout the Nation
Ragnar Relays now run in most regions of the country. Ragnar is pleased to bring their concept to So Cal—and then Northern California in September. This event, and the 14 others around the USA, allows thousands of people to participate in this exceptionally popular and tremendously fast-growing overnight relay adventure. These relays are designed for runners of all abilities. Teams will enjoy that incomparable feeling of accomplishment and team camaraderie.

Here is the fantastic 2011 line up as it stands now:

• January 7-8, 2011 Ragnar Relay Florida Keys (Sold Out)
Miami to Key West, Florida

• February 25-26, 2011 Ragnar Relay Del Sol
Wickenburg, Arizona to Tempe, Arizona

• April 15-16, 2011 Ragnar Relay Southern California
Huntington Beach, CA, to Coronado Island

• May 13-14, 2011 Ragnar Relay New York
Woodstock, New York to Westchester County

• May 20-21, 2011 Ragnar Relay New England (Yale to Harvard)
New Haven, CT to Boston, MA

• June 10-11, 2011 Ragnar Relay Chicago
Madison, WI to Chicago, IL

• June 17-18, 2011 Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back (The Original)
Logan, Utah to Park City, Utah

• July 22-23, 2011 Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage
Blaine, Washington to Whidbey Island, Washington

• August 19-20, 2011 Ragnar Relay Great River
Winona, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota

• September 16-17, 2011 Ragnar Relay Napa Valley
San Francisco to Calistoga, CA

• September 23-24, 2011 Ragnar Relay Capital, Washington, D.C.
Cumberland, Maryland to the District of Columbia

• October 7-8 , 2011 Ragnar Relay Pennsylvania
Lancaster to Pocono, PA

• October 21-22, 2011 Ragnar Relay Las Vegas
Valley of Fire to Las Vegas, Nevada

• November 5-6, 2011 Ragnar Relay Tennessee
Chattanooga to Nashville, TN

For more information on the organization, the relays, general information, registration details, and on Ragnar, please go to

Go Ragnar, Go Adventure
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 major urban areas 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, fun and camaraderie with new and old friends. You won’t believe how much you will enjoy this unforgettable experience.

The relay series has excellent sponsorship with Nordic Track. With 15 such events in an 11-month stretch, the Ragnar Relay organization really knows what they are doing. Enjoy running, enjoy life and run the Ragnar Relay So Cal!

Let’s Go!
On April 15-16, 2011 the 3rd Ragnar Relay So Cal will bring together runners of all abilities to forge friendships and get that incredible experience only available from an overnight relay. This year you can participate on one of several hundred teams to run the 193-mile, 36-leg scenic odyssey from Huntington Beach to Coronado.

A Ragnar Relay is not just a major accomplishment; it is an awesome adventure and getaway. It is the ultimate blend of athletic achievement and social enjoyment. There is a long list of terrific reasons to run this one, whether your team is aiming for a championship or running for fun--nothing quite like it. The Golden State and the Pacific have inspired many. There are personal attachments to the wonders and power of this region. Each participant in the Relay will gain a personal connection, and close friendships. Yes, it’s 193 serene and beautiful miles from the Los Angeles area to San Diego—through landscapes that inspire the athlete and soothe the soul. Be a part of it!



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