In case you've never heard of Ragner, it's a relay made up of teams of 12 runners (or six runners if you are truly insane). The teams trade-off running around the clock until they reach the finish. As you can imagine, there's not much (if any!) sleep.
Our race was 188-miles through some of the most beautiful, but STEEP, mountain country. The leaves were just starting to change and it was gorgeous! Most of my legs were on trails along streams and rivers - beautiful during the day, but creepy during the night. I don't know if I was more afraid of running into a bear or being attacked by a scary human. Luckily, I experienced neither one, just quiet, solo running in the dark.
My team was so much fun! Usually running is such a solo sport, but the relay adds in a teamwork aspect. I enjoyed cheering on and supporting our runners as well as the time we spent not running where we got to know each other better and talk about everything under the sun. It was also fun to chat with other teams along the course.
Our team name was "Soda Fast" (sorta fast, get it?)
This was at the starting line.
We had a six-pack of Diet Coke and a six-pack of Coke.
While we weren't the fastest runners, we weren't the slowest. Best of all we won the team spirit award for "Farout Fashion." I would much rather be spirited and fashionable than fast any day!
If you've ever thought about doing one of these relays, go for it! You will not regret it. I'm already looking forward to next year.