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Ragnar Relay Series Launches Run Vegas with an Olympian Contest
Nation's largest overnight team relay series will host video contest where one lucky team can add U.S. Olympian Nick Symmonds to Ragnar Relay Las Vegas team

Ragnar Relay Series Launches Run Vegas with an Olympian Contest

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Posted Wednesday, 19 September, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - (September 19, 2012) - Ragnar Relay Series presented by Nordic Track, the nation's largest team-focused, overnight running series, wants one lucky team to experience what it's like to run with an Olympian during their final event of the 2012 calendar year in Las Vegas on November 9-10.

Ragnar Relay Series has launched its Run Vegas with an Olympian Contest, a program where one lucky and creative team will have a chance to add the third fastest 800 meter runner in American history to their 12-person relay. Nick Symmonds , a two-time Olympian and five-time U.S. 800 meter champion will become teammate number 12 for the team that submits the most creative one minute video telling Ragnar (and the world) why you want to run a Ragnar with Nick Symmonds.

Entries will be posted on Ragnar Relay's Facebook page for voting for a one-month period. Winners will be selected based on a combination of both total votes and a panel of independent judges. Videos will be judged based on content and not production value. Winners will be selected on or around October 16. The contest is open to teams already signed up for the Las Vegas event as well as new teams that register by October 1. To register, go to:

The winning team will then add Symmonds, described by some as the Brad Pitt of track and field and an outspoken advocate for the rights of track & field athletes to better market themselves. Symmonds took fifth in the 2012 London Olympic 800 meter final, running the third fastest time in U.S. history. A member of the elite Oregon Track Club, Symmonds is also an active outdoorsman who is thrilled to join the Ragnar Nation as he strives to try to get more people active.

"I've always admired what Ragnar Relay Series does in terms of connecting runners with each other, conquering the challenge of 200 miles over two days together, and then celebrating runners' success," said Symmonds. "Their participation and overall leadership shares a philosophy of mine - work hard play hard. I can't wait to do both in Vegas this November with the winning team."

Symmonds is also a strong advocate for the power of social media channels. In January 2012, he auctioned off his left shoulder on eBay to the highest bidder in the "Your Twitter Handle on an Olympian" competition. He has since grown his following on Twitter to more than 27,000, and was named a Top Olympian to Follow by Mashable in July 2012.

For more information on Nick Symmonds, visit his website at or follow him on Twitter @NickSymmonds. For more information on the Ragnar Relay Las Vegas Race, visit:



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