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Ragnar Relay Colorado Partners with First Descents to Fight Cancer
First year relay event encourages teams to join Team First Descendant to raise dollars to help young cancer survivors, fighters experience outdoor adventures

Ragnar Relay Colorado Partners with First Descents to Fight Cancer

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Posted Friday, 6 July, 2012

From Ryan Lamppa, Running USA

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. - (July 5, 2012) - Ragnar Relay Colorado, the newest event in 2012 that combines the famous Colorado Relay Race with the nationally renowned Ragnar Relay Series, has announced a challenge to all participants that goes beyond the 200-mile course from Breckenridge to Aspen - beating cancer. The inaugural relay event from Breckenridge to Vail to Aspen will be held from September 7-8, 2012.

Ragnar Relay Colorado is officially partnering with First Descents, a Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing outdoor adventures to young adult cancer fighters and survivors. Together, they are raising money through Team FD, First Descents social giving platform that allows teams to raise money to support the mission of First Descents, to provide young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experiences that will empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

Ragnar sought out a nonprofit partner in Colorado that shared their appreciation for the pure beauty of the Colorado outdoors and could provide the same experiences many of our participants will have to those less fortunate. First Descents was a natural fit.

"Almost everyone knows someone who has been impacted by cancer," said Rachel Peterson, Ragnar Relay Colorado Race Director. "Through this partnership with First Descents, everyone who participates in this year's event can help put a smile on the face of a young adult who is battling or who has overcome cancer by experiencing the outdoors. As Ragnarians, we love being able to run along some of the most majestic places on earth. Now young adults who might otherwise never see the sights and sounds of rivers and mountains will get the same opportunity thanks to our runners."

All current and future teams are encouraged to join Team FD to help defer the costs for young adults to attend these weeklong adventures. On average, First Descendent spends $1000 per adult per week. To learn more about Team FD or to join in the battle against cancer, go to:

About Ragnar Events, LLC
Based in Utah, Ragnar Events, LLC is the largest overnight running relay series in the United States. Teams of 12 run this 200-mile relay in the course of two days and one night. Often called a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant, this unique relay turns out crazy costumes, inside jokes, close quarters and unforgettable stories. Begun as a single relay from Logan to Park City, UT in 2004 by college roommates, Dan Hill and Tanner Bell, now more than 160,000 people have run in the Ragnar Relay Series presented by Nordic Track, which boasts 15 races and is growing every year. Visit for race dates and exact locations.



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