Some organizations push dieters to stick to their nutrition goals in order to lose weight. That’s awesome. Others push students to achieve their academic best. That is also great. Ragnar wants to push runners to challenge themselves in a long-distance endurance race scheduled to take place on August 7-8, 2015. You can run the Colorado Ragnar relay race with 11 of your closest friends or a group of complete strangers. It is up to you. The point is to go do it.
Ragnar Colorado is an annual endurance race that involves three legs broken into 12 individual stages. Each of the 12 runners takes a single stage for each leg, completing that stage before passing it off to the next runner in line. Running continues throughout the day and night. In the end, the team will have covered 200 miles between the Copper Mountain ski resort and Snowmass.
There is a lot to love about this race. First and foremost is the spectacular beauty of the Colorado Rockies during the summer. While most people know this part of the country for its robust ski industry, there’s nothing quite like seeing the mountains in full bloom. The colors, textures, and shapes will astound you. Imagine running along a mountain vista path at 10,000 feet – incredible!
Why You Should Do It
Perhaps you have never run a Ragnar event before. If that is the case, there are several reasons you should do it. First might be the opportunity to challenge yourself to do something you have never done before. Running along mountain trails and backwoods roads is not the same as covering the streets in your neighborhood. Some of the stages in this race are very hard indeed. Finishing Ragnar Colorado with your teammates will give all of you an incredible sense of satisfaction in knowing you completed one of the most challenging races on the Ragnar schedule.
Need a few more reasons? How about:
- Team Building – One of the main advantages of team relay racing is that it is a great team building exercise. To win a race of this type, each team member must depend on the others to do their best. Teams train together, race together and support one another across the finish line.
- Strong Relationships – Ragnar believes that team building builds strong interpersonal relationships that can help runners develop strong relationships in other areas of their lives. The organization also believes that strong relationships lead to stronger community ties as well.
- Charity Partner – Ragnar’s charity partner for this year’s Colorado race is St. Jude Children’s Hospital. As you may already know, St. Jude offers free care to all of their patients – they never charge a dime. When you run the Colorado Ragnar relay race, you will be helping to meet the financial needs of this incredible organization. SOS Outreach and the Colorado Outward Bound School will also benefit from this year’s race.
Registration is now open for Ragnar Colorado. There are four different registration options for teams of six or 12 runners. Ragnar is also offering a special registration package for high school teens of 12 members. You can register online by visiting the organization’s website and clicking the link on the right side of the page.
Yes, you can run the Colorado Ragnar relay race this August. Regardless of your skill level, you can get together with your best friends and running partners to field a team of 12 or 6. You can do this. It only takes a little commitment and a love of running.