When we hear the word MVP, we think about the person on a team who scores the most points or runs the fastest.
That super athlete is a critical part of any team, no question about it. But we like to think there’s more than one way to be an MVP.
When you’re running a Ragnar Relay, chances are you are in it for the experience: for the team bonding, the starry nights, the chance to take on a challenge in a fun, community-oriented way, and maybe even scoring a moment of glory. When it’s not about the points you score or the pace you run, being MVP is more about building your community and helping everyone have the best experience possible.
Here are our favorite ways to show your team the love—and make the Ragnar experience one that you’ll call up as a happy memory for years to come.
1. Surprise your teammates with a gift
Receiving gifts is fun, but we’d argue that giving gifts is even more fun. Who doesn’t love to see someone’s face light up with happiness? Create team shirts, trucker hats, water bottles, or another long-lasting gift that’ll have your entire team looking back fondly for years. Not only will you make your teammates happy, but you’ll experience the innate joy that comes with gifting people something they love.
2. Bring extras of the important stuff
There’s almost no doubt that you’re going to need more body wipes, reusable grocery bags, deodorant, and snacks. Be that person who has extras of the essentials to share. For extra MVP points, pack these seven trail-ready gadgets and accessories.
3. Take lots of photos
There’s no such thing as too many photos! Snap pictures of the campsite, the trail, scenic overlooks and, of course, you and your team. Encouraging group photos is the best way to preserve these memories that you can all look back on as a bonding event.
Pro tip: Create a shared photostream or a Facebook group so you can all share your photos in one place!
4. Be willing to collaborate and compromise
Relays are about teamwork. Nobody likes that one team member who doesn’t help out at all — but nobody likes the do-it-all, either. You and your teammates should discuss working, running, and camping styles ahead of time, of course, but be willing and able to shift if things change: Pick up some slack or let go of the controls a bit if needed.
5. Offer moral support even when you don’t want to
You’re going to be tired and your body’s going to hurt, but your teammates need you. Ragnar is all about accepting the challenge at hand and helping your fellow runners do the same. You can make everyone’s day by helping someone make it to the finish!
6. Encourage team-building and bonding
Ragnar Relays are challenging, but they’re supposed to be fun! Bond with your teammates by playing hilarious games at your campsite and telling stories about your favorite (and least favorite) moments on trail runs. Oh, and don’t forget about one of the best bonding activities: decorating your campsite.
7. Congratulate and celebrate
Don’t be that runner who wants to head home immediately after the race. Relax and enjoy a well-deserved celebration with your teammates! Most Ragnar Trails are close to super fun locations: Wawayanda Lake is just 50 miles outside of NYC, so you can totally hit the town if you can snag an extra day off work. Bring snacks and spirits for real MVP status!
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