You’re going to want to add this relay to your race repertoire.
So you’ve done a marathon… and a 50K… and a Spartan… and even a 100-mile ultra (go you!).
But you haven’t dipped your toe into the waters of weekend-long relays yet. If you’re an avid runner who’s always looking for the next best race but haven’t run a Ragnar, it’s time to broaden your athletic horizons.
As runners, we can sometimes be awfully autonomous — that is, we want to run our own route at our own pace during our own time. This is exactly why a Ragnar Trail should be the next challenge you tackle. Not only is a Ragnar race a serious physical challenge, but it challenges your mindset and running ideals, too.
Here are four reasons why a Ragnar Relay Race is the most challenging of them all.
You have to trust your teammates.
Ragnar Relays require trust, collaboration, and organization. Being on a Ragnar Relay team is exhilarating, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy feat. Like we mentioned earlier, runners can be somewhat self-ruling. When you’re part of a Ragnar team, you have to understand your teammates’ strengths and weaknesses, and trust that they will do their part to get you to the finish. They’ll be counting on you, too!
You have to run fast.
This is a relay, remember? At Wawayanda Lake (and in most Ragnar races) you won’t be running more than seven miles at a time. And if you’ve completed marathons, ultras or obstacle races, we know you can run seven miles fast.
Facing shorter distances can be more of a challenge than you might think: If you’re used to slower, steadier paces and longer races, kicking it up a notch might prove difficult.
But we know you can do it.
You have to be coordinated.
If you’re like many runners, you probably took up the sport because it’s one of few that doesn’t require a ball and hand-eye coordination – but you’ll need to tap into some foot-eye coordination for a Ragnar Relay.
Many Ragnar trails, including the three loops at Wawayanda Lake, are extremely technical and often single-track. Watch out for tree roots, rocks, holes, and other obstacles.
You have to run at night (seriously!)
This is easily one of the most difficult parts of running a Ragnar Relay, because, um, sleep? We’re all for pulling a fun all-nighter every once in a while, but running a 5K in the middle of the night can seriously knock you out of balance!
But then again, you’ll be invigorated with adrenaline from partaking in such a fun event that maybe you’ll set a personal best. Just make sure to bring a headlamp so you don’t trip, fall, or step on small nighttime scavengers.
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: Bourbon Chase, Sprint, and Sunset formats).
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).
Created in partnership with Ragnar.