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The Ragnar Relays have got the North East Covered
Looking for that big running goal in 2011? Looking for that something Epic to rally your team around? Run a Double-Header! Ragnar has a series of 4 races to choose from. Now you can run two or more Ragnar Relays in the same year, get a special double medal and never have to leave your own back yard!

  
The Ragnar Relays have got the North East Covered

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By Christopher Russell
Posted Friday, 31 December, 2010

Never before have you been able to run so many great Ragnar Relay races in the North East. Whether it’s New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. or New England; wherever you live in the North East there is now a Ragnar Relay in your backyard. With their winning combination of great courses, great fun and years of experience with overnight relays, Ragnar brings FOUR high-quality overnight relays to the North East for you in 2011 – two in the fall and two in the spring. These four are part of the 15-race schedule Ragnar has laid out for 2011.

Grab your team and be the first ones to double up this year.
Ragnar has created a special “Double Header” medal for anyone who runs two of these North East relays in the calendar year. You love the Ragnar experience now be the first to claim bragging rights to the double header. It’s a new challenge, an epic challenge and it’s ready for you and your epic team to conquer.

The four races in the North East Ragnar Relay series are:
• New England, May 20th -21st, 2011 Yale to Harvard
http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/newengland
• New York – May 13th -14th - 2011 – Woodstock to Westchester
http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/newyork
• Washington D.C .– September 23rd – 24th, 2011 - Cumberland to Washington DC
http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/dc
• Pennsylvania – October. 7th – 8th, 2011 – Lancaster to Poconos
http://www.ragnarrelay.com/race/pennsylvania

The North East has always been the epicenter of a strong running community. When this community gets involved with the high-quality Ragnar Relay Races, an excellent experience is guaranteed. It’s the perfect communion of running culture and running venues. Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss out on this year’s double header opportunity—relay running immortality for your team.

It’s about friends, challenge and fun…
Anyone who has run an overnight relay race will tell you that it is something that they will never forget. Running an overnight relay race forges friendships through shared experience. Whether running, riding in the van or relaxing at a transition area, you will learn a lot about yourself and your crew.

Running an overnight relay race is just plain fun—a unique experience. Running two or more will be unbelievable; and you learn so much the first time around. Teams get prizes for decorating their vans or dressing up in costumes. It’s an opportunity to let down your hair a little bit as you encourage and cheer your teammates along the course. The dynamics of physical challenge combined with camaraderie and fun makes for a perfect stew of experience that you will cherish forever.

Why a Ragnar Relay?
Ragnar is a pioneer in creating the fun and challenge of the overnight relay.

“You and 11 of your closest friends running day and night, relay-style, through some of the most scenic terrain North America can muster. Add in live bands, inside jokes and a mild case of sleep deprivation. The result? Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it a Ragnar Relay!”

The depth of experience of the Ragnar organization sets them apart from other events. Ragnar has the most experience in overnight relays, and is by far the largest such organization going. They bring you the best courses, 15 events in 11 months, the best amenities and the best quality experience. Ragnar began organizing overnight relays more than seven years ago. They are experts at what they do and this makes the Ragnar experience fun, safe and worthwhile.

The Ragnar Relay has become a trusted brand, synonymous with overnight relays. There is now an enthusiastic community of fans who love to run Ragnar Relays every year. There are other relays, but Ragnar has years of experience with many successful events and delivers the best, most consistent quality, from start to finish.

Whether it’s the beautiful courses, the safety, the medals, the shirts the big start tents, the well-staffed transitions, the excellent ‘race-bible’, the finish line archway, or after-race party – you are guaranteed a consistent high quality experience with a Ragnar event.

Who should run a Ragnar Relay?
The beauty of an overnight relay is that almost anyone can do it. You don’t have to be an immortal or even a serious runner. Anyone capable of running 4 or 5 miles can join a team of mid-pack friends for the experience and fun. Teams are started in waves by expected pace times so that all the teams converge towards the finish.

You only need to be able to run 5 or so miles at a time and there are no pace limits. You will never be alone, with other runners on the course, other teams on the route, staffed transitions and your own chase vehicles. It’s a rolling group run, for 200ish miles of fun.

The important parts of the overnight relay experience have less to do with the running and more to do with the friendships forged and fun enjoyed. Maybe your particular contribution can be decorating the van or coming up with a killer team name. Your desire to participate and to have a blast is more important than your speed and endurance.

Can you run fast? Absolutely! For those of you looking to compete there are categories for different team configurations so you are positioned to compete against like teams. For example I ran the New England Ragnar Relay on an ultra team that consisted of 6 runners and we won our division, but the experience and the friendships I made there will outlive the memory of the prize for winning.

What’s an overnight Relay?
An overnight starts on a Friday, runs through the night and takes approximately 24 hours to complete. Teams of 12 runners take turns, rotating through 36 stages to complete the course. Each Runner will have 3 legs of the race separated by 11 legs. Everyone ends up running at least one leg during the night.

The running itself is not as challenging as you might think. Each leg for a 12 member team might be as short as 3 miles. The challenge (and fun) is in planning the logistics of running repeatedly at all hours of the day and night and coordinating enough sleep breaks to keep everyone ambulatory. As the race motto says “Run, drive, sleep, repeat!”

Typically teams will have two support or chase vehicles, usually vans because these have enough space to stretch out and potentially catch a nap in between legs. The teams must coordinate who is in which van, who is running, who is driving and who is sleeping so that everyone has a chance to get some rest and get ready; and of course they must make sure no one misses a leg when it’s their turn to go.

For many participants this is one of the few times they have run, if ever, in the middle of the night. To keep the runners safe they wear reflective vests and head lamps. Such is the stuff of epiphanies; to be exhausted and sleep deprived watching the sun come up while you are running with a van full of friends cheering you on.

Are you ready to take on the double header challenge?
Come on and sign up for a Ragnar Relay. You now have four opportunities in the North East. Take the double header challenge. Team captains get extra incentives so go to www.ragnarrelay.com and check it out.

Everyone who runs a Ragnar Relay will consistently tell you that they loved it, that they enjoyed the experience and would do it again. What are you waiting for? Get your team together and take advantage of this great opportunity to forge lasting friendships and have unforgettable fun.

 

 

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