Remember when you used to make pillow and blanket forts with your friends at slumber parties? Well, that’s essentially what you’ll be doing at your Ragnar Trail campsite near Ragnar Village, just with much higher-quality gear — and lots of neighboring forts.
Your 300ish -square-foot patch of land will be your refuge for the weekend, providing you and your teammates with all of the necessities and a shelter for the few minutes of shuteye you might be able to sneak in between your legs of the race.
It’s only natural to deck it out. Here are five ways to create a Ragnar campsite worthy of royalty.
1. Light it up
Don’t let your Ragnar campsite get lost in the sea of tents out there! Pin up string lights around the outside and on the top of your tent, and if you’re feeling really bold, set up a shade canopy and deck that out in lights too. Your table? Add lights. Chairs? More lights.
Depending on your style, you can stick to white lights or go all out with multi-colored strands. Either way, your tent will be all aglow and emitting some serious dance party vibes.
2. Get thematic
Camp decorations add so much pizzazz to your Ragnar Relay experience! You could add a few small things, but the real fun begins when your team picks a theme and runs (literally) with it. Some suggestions: Hawaiian luau, fiesta, Disney, Harry Potter… the options are endless.
Try to bring durable decorations you can use more than once, like blow-up palm trees, and steer clear of items that you’ll just throw away, like party streamers. Don’t forget that Ragnar is a certified sustainable event, so try to give some love to the grounds you’ll be camping and running on.
3. Add a recovery station
When you’re running double-digit miles on little sleep, recovery is critical. Set up a recovery station where you can easily plop on a yoga mat for a few minutes of stretching, mash out sore muscles with a foam roller, take a swig of an electrolyte drink, and nibble on endurance-boosting foods like dried fruit.
Just remember: What you bring out, you bring in. Only pack as much for the race as you want to pack when it’s time to head back home.
4. Enlist hammocks
Chairs are nice and all, but when you can kick your feet up and look up at the stars? That’s unbeatable. Set up one (or a few) outside your Ragnar tent to make it feel like you’ve got the coziest front porch in all of Ragnar Village.
5. Wear costumes
Okay, so, this tip doesn’t actually apply to your campsite, but it’s still worth doing. Remember how we said to get thematic with your decorations?
Well, if you deck out your tent with blow-up palm trees, hula frays, and coconuts, you can wear the same get-up! We’re talking hula skirts and flower leis for all three legs of your race. Be prepared to look back fondly on your costumed experience.
Don’t forget the essentials
While decorating and setting up a lavish campsite is fun, don’t forget to bring along the things you really need. Think: reusable waterbottles and your favorite coffee thermos (Ragnar is a cup-less event), utensils, plates, food, water, a table, chairs, a cooler, a camp stove, and sleeping bags, pads and pillows.
Ragnar Trail Wawayanda
Are you ready for your most unforgettable running adventure? Join Fit Approach and team Sweat Pink as we take on Ragnar Trail Wawayanda Lake October 11-12. For two radiant fall days and one starry night, you and your team will conquer a series of three trail loops, relay-style. You’ll set up camp on the shores of Wawayanda Lake, just 50 miles outside of New York City — post-race Girls Night Out, anyone? Join us at Wawayanda Lake or create a team and run another Ragnar adventure. Get $100 off using the code FIT19 at checkout (excludes races already closed).
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).