The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series Moves to New York
It’s new—it is an experience. It is a run through New York. Enjoy an unforgettable relay experience from legendary Woodstock to the Big Apple, NYC, May 15- 16, 2009.
Posted Thursday, 13 November, 2008
Get into a New York State of mind for the running experience of a lifetime as you and 11 of your closest friends run around the clock in the Hudson Valley. Starting in the legendary town of Woodstock, New York, your team will be part of an incredible overnight 175-mile adventure ending in New York City, one of the world’s most exciting, fascinating and beloved cities.
Presenting the Best of New York State
Imagine the fun of running with your team while reawakening your senses to the natural beauty and tranquil pleasures of the breathtaking Catskill Mountains. The relay adventure begins in the famed town of Woodstock, which is centered in the heart of one of the most historic, sophisticated and boldly beautiful parts of the southeastern Catskill region. A long time artist’s community, this charming town, has a unique vibe and vibrant pulse that is just right for getting your team off to a great start.
The course highlights include scenic country towns, bucolic farmlands and orchards as you leap frog your way through the Hudson River Valley. This spectacular stretch is lined with splendid historic sites, unique museums, charming country manor houses and lively Hudson River front towns.
It is no wonder that it is considered one of the most beautiful regions in the eastern United States. See for yourself why these magnificent landscapes were the inspiration for America’s first art school, the Hudson River School of Painters.
The Sidewalks of New York
Those little town blues will start melting away as your relay team heads toward the finish line in the Bronx. Home to a renowned botanical garden, world class zoo, stately mansions and historic sites, the Bronx is one of the most intriguing boroughs of the Big Apple. All it takes is a New York minute to see why it’s like no other place on earth. Only here will you experience those sublime moments that New York City is famous for. Only here will you enjoy that king/queen of the hill, top of the heap feeling of accomplishment and team camaraderie. A rocking finish line party is complete with live music, awards, great food and friends. http://www.ragnarrelay.com/newyork/index.php
Run, Drive, Sleep, Repeat
It is easier than you think! Gather your lucky friends together for a memorable running adventure that they won’t want to miss. It will be memorable, and your friends will thank you! Need a few new friends? No problem, the Ragnar folks can help you find team members who’ll 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 their individual legs. Everyone will be happy!
Your relay team will consist of 12 members or six-person ultra teams. During the relay, each team member runs three legs (ultras run six), each leg 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. That vehicle 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!
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series was a dream-come-true for an innovative group of race organizers. They tossed around the idea of staging an overnight running event with 12 person teams over a spectacularly scenic stretch of roadway, for a long time before the concept came to fruition. This relay series started back in 2004 when they launched the MyoMed Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay, a 170 mile race from Logan to Park City Utah.
They take their inspiration from Ragnar, a powerful Norse King who symbolizes the free spirit and outdoor adventurous soul within everyone. Their passion and dedication for creating the best distance relays translates into an unforgettable experience for you. It comes as no surprise that their winning formula has made them the nation’s largest series of relay races with an expanding calendar of successful events around the country, each one living up to the excellence and high standards that the Ragnar name is known for.
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay series now includes nine terrific events around the country with more on the planning board:
• 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, CA
• 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
• October 23-24, 2009 (tent.) MyoMed Ragnar Relay Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas to Austin, Texas
One of the most fun and entertaining aspects of the MyoMed Ranger Relay Series is the opportunity to compose teams and to build team spirit, that camaraderie and sense of oneness and support built on running and having fun together. There are a number of possibilities for composing teams, including corporate teams, school teams, running clubs, police, fire protection, and military teams. There won’t be any shortage of good cheer, laughs and light-heartedness as old and new running pals bond together in a united and enthusiastic effort to take the Bronx! This non-stop 24-hour relay party gives you the chance to meet your own personal fitness challenge while supporting your team members in their effort to do the same. What an ideal racing event; it multiplies the good times and gusto, providing a new angle on an ancient sport!
There are six team classifications including women’s, men’s and mixed regular teams, and women’s and men’s and mixed ultra teams. There are eight divisions within those classifications. Please visit the website for more information about team divisions:
You can count on Ragnar Events, LLC to cover all of the details regarding the route, safety and rules. They are looking out for you! You will know exactly what to expect because it is mapped out in an extensive instruction book called the Race Bible. The course is well marked and monitored with access to aid.
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series has a training program that is just right for you. Don’t let anything hold you back from participating in what could be a life changing event. Besides, who would want to miss the 24-hour party—on the road, in the van, and while at rest? Even if you don’t run often or haven’t experienced a MyoMed Ragnar Relay before, there are specially designed training programs that will prepare you for race day so you can worry about more important things like the music along the course and the awards for best decorated vehicle and best team name.
The novice training program is designed for any person who is generally fit to begin an exercise program and has been doing little or no running previous to starting the training program. The intermediate program is intended for a person who has been running 20- 30 miles per week, exercises on at least 3 days each week, and races only occasionally.
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The Ragnar Relay Series is coming to New York! It is truly a one-of-a-kind relay running event. http://www.ragnarrelay.com/newyork/index.php If you have never done a MyoMed Ragnar Relay, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. It is the chance to build lasting memories of good times and good friends. The relay format makes it is easy for everyone to participate regardless of running ability. All of the planning and attention to details have been taken care of for you so there is no guess work, just a formula that works tremendously well.
It is time to put those vagabond running shoes that are longing to stray to good use. Here is your ticket to discovering New York on a grand scale. Experience the outstanding beauty and diversity of scenery from Woodstock to New York City. Enjoy the easy going charm that you will find everywhere. Your team will delight in the fabulous sights along the majestic and historic Hudson River Valley. When you get to sidewalks of New York City, you will know that you have made it there and you can make it anywhere.