You’ll spend a considerable amount of time at your campsite (Related: 5 ways to deck out your Ragnar tent) so it’s only natural to look for ways to pass the time — other than sleeping and running.
To help with that, we hand-picked six cry-laugh-worthy games for you to play with your Ragnar teammates. We know you probably don’t want to pack any more than you need to (Related: 7 essential camp gadgets for your next Ragnar Relay) so only one of these campsite pastimes requires extra equipment.
Go ahead and get your game face on: These six campsite games are sure to inspire camaraderie — and a dash of healthy competitiveness — along with lots of laughs and good memories.
Also called bean bags, bag toss, corn toss, and more, cornhole is classic outdoor game that requires minimal equipment and is a fantastic way to keep your competitive juices flowing before and after your trail legs.
How it works: The real rules require a specific board size and distance between boards, but you might not have enough room in your campsite to comply, so just do your best or combine space with your camp neighbors. After you set up your boards, choose an opponent and start tossing! Stand beside the board and don’t let your foot cross in front of the board. You get three points for tossing a bean bag into the hole and one point for landing it on the board. Play to 21 points.
2. Ragnar Charades
A game night classic, Charades never fails to end in buckled-over fits of laughter (and, of course, confused scratching of heads). We suggest taking your charades game up a notch and making it Ragnar themed.
How it works: Choose a player to start the game. This person thinks up a word or phrase (an object or a person associated with your Ragnar experience) to pantomime and continues to act out the word or phrase until another player guesses it correctly. Whoever guesses correctly pantomimes next!
3. Two Truths and a Lie
This game may be the very best way to get close to your Ragnar teammates. It’s fun, it’s quirky, and it’s one surefire way to learn a lot about a person.
How it works: Everyone starts out by introducing themselves with their name, two truths, and one lie. For example, “Hi, I’m Samantha. I can run a 5-minute mile, I once talked to Matthew Mcconaughey in an airport, and I love pineapple on my pizza.”
After each person gives their introduction, the rest of the players try to guess which statement was the lie. You might notice that many people’s truths are more unbelievable than their lies! You can keep this game going for as long as you like, or set a limit, such as playing until someone gets 10 correct guesses.
4. React and Act
React and Act is a funny icebreaker similar to charades. That’s right, more acting — you won’t have a TV at your campsite, so you might as well enlist your teammates for some entertainment!
How it works: Everyone writes random scenarios on scraps of paper (for instance, “just finished the yellow loop,” “fell asleep with my headlamp still on,” or “got a personal best on my 10K time”) and puts them in a hat or bowl. Simultaneously, each player draws a slip of paper and reacts to the scenario using gestures, facial expressions, and sounds. All players try to guess the other players’ scenarios, and the round ends when everyone’s scenario has been guessed.
Ah, childhood. This game should elicit feelings of nostalgia and memories of summer camp as a young kid.
How it works: Sit or stand in a circle. Player 1 thinks of a phrase and whispers the phrase to the next person in line. No repeating yourself! Players keep passing the message down the line, saying what they think they heard from the person before them. Once the message reaches the last player, that person will announce the final message and player 1 will announce the original message.
6. Marshmallow Maverick
How it works: Roast a crust around a marshmallow on a stick in the fire, pull the crust off and roast it again until there is NO marshmallow left — whoever gets the most rounds wins! You can eat your crust each time, or pile it up on a graham cracker to make a s’mores at the end of the game.
This game works best for people who love roasted marshmallows — and good news, Ragnar actually provides all the s’mores makings at every Trail race. Join the nightly bonfire in the Ragnar Village and enjoy a game of marshmallow maverick with your teammates!
When you’re not running, you’ll be huddled around campfires, cooking out, cheering on other runners, and creating bonds you won’t find anywhere else (you’d be hard-pressed to find a group of people willing to run 5-plus miles in the middle of the night).