Monday, June 13, 2011

Run, Drive, Sleep? Repeat.

I'm getting all excited for this weekend. Why? Because it's the Ragnar, that's what.

What is this thing called Ragnar? Have you ever wondered what that symbol sticker thing means that you see in the back windows of cars?

Well, here's what it's all about according to the website:

Picture this:

You and 11 of your closest friends running 200(ish) miles day and night, relay-style through some of the most scenic North America could muster. Add live bands, inside jokes, and a mild case of sleep deprivation. The result? Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows, or deoderant. We call it a Ragnar Relay.

It's really quite simple. Get a bunch of friends together (or we can help you find team members who'll quickly become your friends) and start running. Okay, there's a little more to it. Your relay team will consist of 12 members. During the relay, each team member runs three legs, each leg ranging between 3-8 miles varying in difficulty. So, from the elite runner down to the novice jogger, it's the perfect relay race for anyone.


Each team chooses a name for themselves. We're "Scrambled Legs and Achin'" Don't you love that name? These people really get into the whole theme, complete with costumes and decorated vans. We have matching t-shirts with our "logo" and embellish the Suburbans with cotton stuffed nylon "legs" flopping around in the wind gloriously. We might even have a rubber chicken on the roof. Some teams are mixed gender, some same. I'll be running with a varied group of women-- (I ran with them 2 years ago and was supposed to run last year, but couldn't with my marathon injuries.)--grandmas down to college age. A blast. One of the funnest things I've ever done.

victory medal moment with deoderant consolation prize

I thought you'd get a kick out of some of the other teams names. Here's some of the ones that made me laugh out loud:

Running Out of Cache (that's the name of the county we start out in)

Who the Hills Idea Was This?

Still Kickin'

Sweaty Wedgies


Progressive Risk Takers

Chemically Imbalanced Runners

Mom's Found Therapy

Notso Macho Libre

Our Wives Think We're at Work

Chaffed in all the Wrong Places

Pink Parts

Fanny Packers

2 Days and Confused

Slow Children At Play

My Dad's Faster Than Your Dad

This Will Be Fun, I Promise

Eleven Runners and a Fat Guy

Dude, Where's the Van?

Mixed Nuts

Rustee Joints

Team Icy Hot

I Thought We Were Running To Cold Stone


Endorphins Make People Happy

Just Happy To Be Here

Rapid Thigh Movement

Spit Happens

SWAT (sweaty, worn out, and trapped in this van)

Are We There Yet?


  1. I had never heard of this sport until someone in a booth at my triathlon expo was promoting one. I thought it sounded a little crazy but fun. Your insights confirmed my opinion. Those names are so funny!

  2. I'm so excited! Thursday evening can't come soon enough. Can't wait to see you there!