DC Ragnar Relay: Part 1

Where to begin…this experience was far better than I could have ever imagined.  I was not originally scheduled to run this relay, but due to a last minute injury, I was given the opportunity to join the Young Guns and I had soooo much fun.

The race took place on Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th.  I packed on Thursday night and it was pretty simple…lots of running clothing, running shoes, face wipes, and deodorant.  I packed each outfit in a large Ziploc bag so that I could change out of one sweaty outfit, put it in the bag, and put on the fresh clothing.


I woke up at 3:30 am on Friday morning and headed to Rockville to meet the rest of the team.  Van #1 hit the road at 4 am because they had a 7 am start time, but I was in Van #2 and we didn’t leave until around 8 am.

We met Van #1 at the first major exchange which was Exchange #6.  Here’s how it works:  Van #1 holds runners 1-6 and they each take a turn running a leg.  Runner 1 starts running and the van drives to where they finish and then Runner 2 takes over.  When runner 6 is finished, Van #2 starts and runners 7-12 take a turn.  Exchange #6 was fun because we got to see the members of Van #1 and hear about how their first legs were.

Young Guns!


Van #2!


Umm Tim, where is your team shirt???

Van #1 finished strong and then it was Van #2’s turn!

Runner 7:  Phil

Runner 8:  Iwonka

Runner 9:  Ryan

Runner 10:  Liz

Runner 11:  Me.  My first leg was 9.2 miles long :).

Photo: Linda rollin out for her first go!

Runner 12:  Tim

Both vans met up at Exchange #12 and waited for Tim to finish.


Once Tim finished we ate a delicious cafeteria meal, relaxed, and drove to the next major exchange point to try and get some rest.



More to come…we did all of this two more times!

Have you ever run a Ragnar Relay?


  1. Oh man! Ragnar is by far one of the funnest events out there! I have ran Ragnar three years in a row now and I am hooked!

    • I know exactly what you mean! Our team is already planning our next one! Which ones have you done?

      • I have only ran the Wasatch Back race of Ragnar. This is a pretty fun race though as it is the original and draws SERIOUS crowds! This last summer there was roughly 15,000 people who ran it. GREAT TIMES!

        ESPN even did a pretty cool video about it. check it out

  2. Linda..😀that sounds like fun!! Glad you got the experience. I really miss running with everyone😞 hope we are back to work soon.

  3. I am desperate to do a Ragnar race… sounds like a blast. 🙂

  4. Yo Liddy! Great race review.Sounds like an awesome event. Great job. Count me nxt yr. Take care. Franko

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