What is a Ragnar Relay?

Ragnar's Northwest Passage starts tomorrow, and there will be quite a few Fleet Feet Seattle runners out there. If you don't know what Ragnar is all about, Wendy shares a quick primer along with some photos from last year. The Fleet Feeters will be back to tell their 2014 tales on our blog after the race. Best of luck to everyone running!

By: Wendy

This is the third year I'll be running Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage.  Ragnar is a running relay from the Washington/Canadian border to Whidbey Island where a 12 person team (or a 6 person ultra team or a 2 person ultra ultra team) pile into two (or one) vans and tag team run 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style. Only one runner per team hits the road at a time. Each participant of a 12-person team runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-8 miles and varying in difficulty. So, from the elite runner down to the novice jogger, it's the perfect race for anyone.  In between running those three legs, each runner hopes to eat, sleep and even shower! 

Wendy's 2013 Ragnar Team


Team members trying to rest in between their legs on a gym floor.

The Fleet Feeters who are running on 12 person teams are:  Wendy Foster, Mariah Foster, Christy Bemis, Heather Elton, David Clark, Rufus Park, Marti Dolezel, Upasna Dawaldi, Karen Hooper, Ruth Howell, Elizabeth Luther, Katie Gries, Rich Southern, Jennifer Wascher, Tami Ing, Deb Silva de Souza, Jayna Rubin, Derek Schleich, Moorea Klika and Janna Martin.

The Ultra/crazy team is Cindy Hamra, Sarah Strong and Rob Chateauneuf.

Fleet Feet runners who are driving vans are Adrienne Wingo and Michele Guerrini.

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