29 Aug Wichita’s Team Flat AF at Reebok Ragnar Relay Colorado
Meredith Bruner, Lori Froehlich, and Slaton Derrick completed Ragnar Relay.
Reebok Ragnar Relay Colorado reaches 10,000 ft. at its highest point and has been dubbed as one of the hardest Ragnar Relays in the series. Runners tackle 200-ish miles of relay running through the heart of four world-famous Colorado ski towns on bike paths, single-track trails and backwoods roads. There is never a bad view for runners as they experience the Colorado Rocky mountains and White River National Forest.
What is Ragnar Relay?
Teams come together to conquer a course over two days and one night, pushing their limits, on little amount of sleep, with friends and a community of runners by their side.
Ragnar Relay races teams cover 200-ish miles of running from point A to point B, on sidewalks, backroads, bike paths, paved trails and road shoulders. Teams consist 12-Pack team with 11 of your friends, family members or co-workers. Form a 6-Pack team and team up with another 6-Pack team to form a full team of 12 runners. For those looking for an even bigger challenge, form a 6-person Ultra team and conquer the course with half the team members.
Pile teams into vans or SUVs and tag team 200-ish miles, day and night, relay-style over two days and one night. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-13 miles and varying in difficulty. Runners average about 17 total miles, with some of the shorter runner positions totaling 11 miles and some of the longer runner positions totaling 24 miles. Ultra runners take on 6 legs each, and average a full marathon (26+ miles).
While one person is running, the rest of your teammates are on support duty in your race vehicles. Teams of 12 require two vehicles (Runners 1-6 in Van One and 7 -12 in Van Two). Van One’s runners will cover the first six legs. As each runner begins, the crew in the vehicle can drive ahead, cheer their runner on and meet them at the exchange point to pick them up and drop off the next runner. After the first 6 legs, Van Two gets their chance to shine and starts putting in the miles.
Once your van’s runners finish the six legs, you can enjoy downtime, get food, maybe sleep, and then drive ahead to the major exchange point to wait for your other van to finish their six legs. All that stuff above? Yeah… you get to do it two more times.