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Ragnar Relay Las Vegas – Unforgettable Run from the Moapa Valley to Las Vegas, Nevada
The Silver State beckons! Don’t miss out on an exciting experience of a lifetime October 9-10, 2009, as you and 11 of your friends run around the clock exploring some of the country’s most dramatic and fascinating natural wonders and treasures.

  
Ragnar Relay Las Vegas – Unforgettable Run from the Moapa Valley to Las Vegas, Nevada

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By Noreen Cohen
Posted Tuesday, 25 August, 2009

Imagine the thrill of running with your team in a magnificent land filled with scenic and historical treasures. Starting at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Logandale, Nevada, and continuing with legs through the Valley of Fire State Park, your team will be part of an incredible 171-mile adventure-fest ending in Las Vegas, a city like no other in the world. Discover an awe-inspiring array of natural beauty just beyond Vegas’s bright lights, a fantastic contrast to the neon glow of the city best known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Experience the red sandstone escarpments of Red Rock Canyon and the Valley of Fire State Park. The relay will take you miles along the expansive shoreline of Lake Mead, an alluring, shimmering backdrop that is certain to inspire every runner. The race wraps up at the luxurious Red Rock Casino just minutes away from the Strip district in Las Vegas. This ever booming city has plenty of everything– grand hotels, spectacular shows, excellent shops and restaurants, brightly lit casinos, and theme park attractions. This is super charged world is at your fingertips offering the kind of excitement that just doesn’t come along every day! And the contrast of the natural beauty desert with the streets of Las Vegas adds to the thrill and camaraderie of the Ragnar experience.

It will be a 24-hour party through one of the most beautiful and unique environments and backdrops in the world!

Course Highlights
The Clark County Fairgrounds in the Moapa Valley—near the Muddy River which winds its way to Lake Meade—is a terrific starting point for this adventure. And the section through the Valley of Fire State Park (legs 5 to 7) is the perfect location for your own fiery Ragnar Relay experience. You will find it hard not to fall under the spell of this place, a bewitching combination of red sandstone formations, areas of petrified wood, and 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs that represent ancient trees, animals, and early man.

Located in Overton, Nevada, the park is 55 miles Northeast of Las Vegas and it is both the largest and oldest state park in Nevada. Overton is a fertile Moapa Valley town, has the kind of scenery that you will marvel at, complete with beautiful farmland, mesas, foothills and Lake Mead.

The party in your van will only get better as you leap frog your way past the blue splendor of Lake Mead, one of the nation’s most popular playgrounds. Its expansive shoreline is backed by cliff and canyon scenery, the utmost in dramatic desert landscape.

A feast for the eyes awaits you at the remarkable Red Rock Canyon, a simply amazing geological masterpiece. Beautifully layered sandstone, unique rock formations, sheer cliff faces of staggering heights, and petrified sand dunes make this scenic loop really special.

You won’t have any trouble finding your way to this finish line! Just look for the flashing red, white and blue Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign that greets visitors to a sea of neon lights and the glitz and glamour that is uniquely Las Vegas. The relay ends at the fabulous Red Rock Casino, the definition of luxury, and enjoyment.

Run, Drive Sleep, Repeat
It is easier than you think! Gather your lucky friends for an exciting running adventure that they won’t want to miss. It will be an unforgettable experience and your friends will thank you. Need a few friends? No problem the Ragnar folks know just how to help you find team members who will quickly become familiar, perhaps even lifelong friends.

One of the best aspects of the relay format is that it is an accessible race for beginners, yet challenging enough for the most competitive. Fear not, you do not have to be an elite runner. Although the relay race is physically demanding, the legs vary in difficulty, and runners can choose the distance that is just right for them.

Each relay team consists of 12 members. There are also six member ultra teams. During the relay, each team member runs three legs ranging between 3 and 8 miles and varying in difficulty. Each team is responsible for providing two support vehicles, with six runners in each vehicle. The first vehicle will drop off the first runner, drive ahead a few miles, cheer the runner on and replenish them with water and snacks. The van will then drive ahead to the first exchange point to drop off the second runner, and pick up the first runner when the leg is complete. They will repeat this pattern for six legs until they hand off to their second vehicle. Teams repeat the pattern as they leap frog their way to the finish line.

Team Spirit
The Ragnar Relay Series is jam packed with fun and entertainment as well as running! You have the opportunity to not only compose teams but also to create team spirit and camaraderie--the sense of oneness and support developed through running and having a great time together. There aren’t very many opportunities to do this these days, so don’t miss this chance to have a blast.

There are a number of possible options for composing teams, including corporate teams, school teams, running club teams, police and fire fighter teams and military teams. Of course, there are also good old friends-who-love-running teams. No matter how your team comes together, there won’t be any shortage of laughs and light-heartedness as old and new running pals bond together to cross the finish line.

Please visit the website for more information about teams and team classifications http://www.ragnarrelay.com/team

Experience Nevada
If you are looking for the ultimate race destination and travel adventure, Nevada is a great place to start. Over 300 days of sunshine a year and a myriad of outdoor recreational activities, attractions and natural wonders make it an ideal vacation choice. The variation in Nevada’s landscape is amazing; it includes breath taking, mountains, deserts, canyons, lush meadows and beautiful lakes.

And although Las Vegas often takes center stage, you will be wowed by the number of must-see treasures beyond the shiny cityscape including the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and expanses of the Mojave Desert for starters. But that is not all; there are also plenty of unexpected gems as well. You will be constantly surprised at the overall variety of sites to discover. Come explore one of Nevada’s several underground silver mines, or take a tour of an old ghost town to experience the Silver State’s rich history and heritage. Bring the whole family because Nevada offers plenty of exciting activities and distinctive attractions with something for everyone.

Ragnar Events
The Ragnar Relay Series was a dream come true for an innovative group of race organizers, who took their inspiration from Ragnar, a powerful Norse King who symbolizes the free spirit in every runner. They tossed around the idea of staging an overnight team running event that would take place over especially scenic stretches of roadway throughout the country. They mulled their idea over for quite some time before they were ready to bring the concept to fruition in 2004 when they launched the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay, a 170-mile race from Logan to Park City, Utah. It was well worth the wait. Their passion and dedication for creating an excellent distance relay translates in an unforgettable amazing experience for runners just like you. It comes as no surprise that their winning formula has made them the largest series of relay races, with an ever expanding calendar of successful events around the country including events in Washington, New York, New England, Florida, Utah, California and Arizona, just to name a few, each one living up to the excellence and high standards that the Ragnar name is known for.

Flawless Logistics
You can count on Ragnar Events, LLC to cover all of the details regarding routes, and safety. They are looking out for you and have a successful formula to ensure that you have a great time. You will know exactly what to expect because everything is outlined for you in the “Race Bible”, an extensive instruction book that teams will receive.

First aid stations equipped to handle basic injuries are provided at each of the major exchanges. For major injuries, local EMS units will be on call and prepared to respond to emergencies.

For a complete list of safety rules and instructions, please visit the website http://www.ragnarrelay.com/lasvegas/safety.php

Training
The Ragnar Relay Series has a training program that is just right for you. Don’t let anything hold you back from participating in the running event of a lifetime. Who would want to miss the 24-hour party-on-the-road? Even if you are a novice runner, there are specially designed training programs that will prepare you for race day so that you can worry about more important things like the great music along the course and the rocking post race party.

Yes, Coming to Las Vegas
The Ragnar Relay Series is coming to Las Vegas this fall! It is just the amazing fun- filled running event that you have been looking for! Whether you are traveling across Nevada or across the globe, the magnificent desert landscape is certainly worth the trip. If you have not yet had the opportunity to participate in a Ragnar Relay, now is the perfect time. You owe it to yourself to give it a try. A spectacular course, good times with friends; this is what memories are made of.

For additional information please visit the website: http://www.ragnarrelay.com/lasvegas/index.php

 

 

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