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.

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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!

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Van #2!

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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.

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

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

Have you ever run a Ragnar Relay?

Comments

  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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