The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series Expands to Seven Events, Adding Three More Venues for 2008
Three more overnight relays, and three more opportunities in different regions of the USA; 200-mile relays ending in Washington, D.C., Daytona Beach, and Austin, Texas are now forming teams.
Posted Monday, 17 March, 2008
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series is growing, and rapidly! Three new events will bring the total to seven, and will target three new regions of the country. The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Del Sol in Arizona ran last weekend, February 29 to March 1st. There will be a break now in preparation for the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back in Utah, the original, which runs June 20-21. Beginning with that one there will be one per month for six consecutive months with the new additions. 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 three new regions, allowing even more people to participate in this fast-growing overnight relay experience.
MyoMed Ragnar Relays now run in the following regions: The Mountain West, Upper Midwest-Mississippi Valley, Pacific Northwest, Mid Atlantic, the South--Texas, Southeast, and Desert Southwest.
Here is the line up as it stands now:
• June 20-21 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back
Logan, Utah to Park City, Utah
• July 25-26 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage
Blaine, Washington to Langley, Washington
• August 22-23 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Great River
La Crosse, Wisconsin to Minneapolis, Minnesota
• September 26-27 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Capital, Washington, D.C.
Cumberland, Maryland to the District of Columbia
• October 24-25 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas to Austin, Texas
• November 14-15 MyoMed Ragnar Relay Florida
Tampa, Florida to Daytona Beach
• February 27-28, 2009(tent.) MyoMed Ragnar Relay Del Sol
Wickenburg, Arizona to Scottsdale, Arizona
MyoMed Ragnar Relay Washington, D. C.
This amazing run will take teams from Cumberland, Maryland for a 189-mile tour along the Potomac River through beautiful Maryland countryside. It travels along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and runs through several other national parks and prominent historical areas, including several towns that were very prominent during the Civil War. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is an amazing structure, given that it was built between 1828 and 1850, and ceased operating in 1924. It was preserved and transferred to the National Park Service in 1938, and became a National Park in 1971.
The canal carried boat traffic that was impossible on the river due to the many rapids. These canal boats could carry many tons of freight with relative ease, pulled by horses and mules. The canal allowed a gradual rise or descent though a series of many locks, some of which still operate today. Amazingly the canal was carried over many tributaries of the Potomac via aqueducts. It branched to the Richmond Canal in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. and you can still see the foundation piers that carried the canal across the river via aqueduct. This is a fascinating trail and a rich national resource of quiet running paths, even in the midst of the city. The MyoMed Ragnar Relay will end in Washington, D.C. for the usual party and celebration. Get your plans together now, because this will be a great adventure in a very unique place—the wooded tranquility of the C&O Canal.
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Austin, Texas
In September the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series runs to the nation’s Capital, and in October to the Capital of Texas. This tour will travel overnight for nearly 200 miles from San Antonio to beautiful Austin, a gleaming city in the midst of the remarkable hill country of the Lone Star State. It will pass through a number of uniquely Texas towns along the way, and provide a view of Texas that is impossible to get any other way. And October is a gorgeous time of year in this country. This will be a big one! They say everything is bigger in Texas. But the overnight, 36-leg relay concept will be the same, and you are in for a rockin’ party along the way, as well as at the finish.
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Florida
Well, you may have been to Florida, but you have never seen Florida like this. Running from the Gulf of Mexico at Tampa Bay, this relay will traverse the pinninsula all the way to the atlantic Ocean and the crashing waves on the beautiful beaches of Daytona. Florida up close and personal, a tour any runner will love. Ragnar events tried to find some hills, but finally gave up—there are none. This highest hill on the course is a highway overpass. Be prepared to run in this semi-tropical paradise in the most comfortable time of year—mid November. Check the Website for additional information on all three new events, but if you like to run (even if a novice) and like to party, the MyoMed Ragnar Relay events are for you. It id difficult to believe that anyone could have more fun in this sport than running one of these extraordinary events.
Next up, the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, June 20-21
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back is the original Ragnar Relay, and has grown exponentially in size and popularity in only a few short years. Spectacular scenery stirs the imagination along the route, enhanced by terrific organization. It runs for 178.3 miles in one of the most beautiful regions, and at the Summer Solstice. This will be one of the top overnight relays in the USA in 2008. It will provide you and 11 teammates the experience of a lifetime.
This relay is an overnight adventure, approximately 24 hours, through one of the most beautiful regions on the planet, the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah. It is a team event like no other; you will share a challenging and memorable experience, including a mountain-framed sunset and sunrise that will take your breath away. It will be run during the shortest night of the year.
Everything about this relay is designed for runners to have a tremendously good time in a spectacular mountain-valley setting. Whether it is team or individual costumes, the best decorated van contest, team theme or name, music, medals, or parties—this will be one really enjoyable experience. The rapid growth and popularity are proof of this. But it is the grandeur of these mountains as a backdrop to every mile that really makes this event unique.
The 36 legs in the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back average 5.0 miles. The shortest is three miles, and the longest is eight. Six legs are classified as easy, based on distance and elevation change; 11 are rated moderate; 14 are classified as hard, with five rated as very hard. Two team support vans—six runners each--will carry runners from exchange to exchange and will trade off every six legs at the van transfer areas.
Headlamps or flashlights and reflective vests will be worn during darkness. Runners may have pacers run with them during the nighttime legs. Vans will be able to “shadow” runners—not follow them, but keep them in sight for safety and directions. There will be live music at several of the van exchanges, and time to make friends from around the country. Whether you come with a team or sign up individually and meet them there, you will make life-long friends while running the Wasatch Back.
The Wasatch Back is the eastern slope of the Wasatch Mountains, and is much more sparsely populated than the Wasatch Front, or western slopes nearer Salt Lake City and the urban areas bordering the Great Salt Lake. The Wasatch Range extends 160 miles from the Idaho border south to central Utah. Much of the range exceeds 10,000 feet (the Great Salt is at elevation 4,202 feet), with the high point being Mount Timpanogos at 12,208.
The Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back—the original--is now one of seven produced by Ragnar Events, LLC, and is part of the MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series, the largest relay series in the country. They administer seven of the most successful and fastest growing overnight relays in beautiful, but very different, regions. The Ragnar Relay Del Sol runs from Wickenburg, Arizona to Scottsdale, Arizona, with 12-person (or 6-person ultra) teams running February 27-28, 2009. It runs 198.3 miles in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert.
The MyoMed Ragnar Relay Series includes the highly successful Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay, July 25-26, an outstanding 189 miles along the splendid Pacific Northwest Coast. Then the Ragnar Great River Relay runs August 22-23. Staged in Minnesota and Wisconsin, it winds 198 miles along the majestic Mississippi River.
You Can Do This—Run for the Fun
Adventures like this one don’t come along very often. Build a team of adventurous, fun folks and see the grandeur of your chosen relay course. Then try one of the other six 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. 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 or fire personnel and the military. Lastly there is a division for running stores.
These relays are designed for runners of all abilities. 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. In another innovative move, runners can select their three legs based on ability, and need not follow a set sequence.
The planning and attention to detail regarding route, safety, and rules that have gone into the 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 for your team.
Corporate Opportunity—Team Building
Planning and organizing for a 12-person team to run 178.3 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 courses will be well marked and monitored with plenty of access to aid. Safety is the highest priority of 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.
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 Ragnar Relays from the beginning. This was their first relay, the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back. Their goals have grown, but the essential purpose is the same--to bring the tremendous experience of a distance relay and beautiful landscapes to as many as possible.
The Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay started out with 22 teams in 2003, then grew to 89 the second, and 174 teams the third year. There were 316 last 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.
Ragnar Events, LLC is located in Bountiful, Utah. For more information on the organization, the four relays, and on Ragnar, please go to www.ragnarrelay.com.
So Many Reasons to Go Ragnar
Each event has a breathtaking setting, a destination region that many visit from around the world; it has remote and singularly gorgeous views to experience, yet is conveniently located near a major urban area and airport.
Teams will likely enjoy very comfortable running weather, a spectacular sunset, and phenomenal sun rise. They will appreciate stunning scenery and a lot of live music. Somehow, on the road with friends, these experiences are enhanced by the challenge the camaraderie. You won’t believe how much fun 24 hours can be--fantastic opportunity, unforgettable experience.
The relay series has excellent sponsorship with MyoMed and others. It is exceptionally well planned and well orchestrated. And it will be just about as much fun as runners can have—challenging, yet remarkably enjoyable, the epitome of camaraderie and teamwork. Enjoy life, Run a MyoMed Ragnar Relay!