Why I Ragnar

We asked a few Ragnarians why they run Ragnar and why they keep coming back. Here are a few of their answers. Comment below and tell us why you Ragnar.

“Why do I run Ragnar? Best summed up like this: “Running 7 miles down an unfamiliar road by myself in the fog & rain at 3 o’clock in the morning – in a tutu – and loving every second of it.” – Janie Crouch (Ragnar DC 2011, Key West 2012, DC 2012, Vegas 2012, Key West 2013)

“I run Ragnar’s to tour the country and sightsee amazing places that I otherwise would never get a chance to see.  Running Ragnar events make me realize a lot about myself and what I can achieve and capable of and about other people (both the good and the bad).  It is an adventure and I absolutely LOVE IT!!” – Julie Wang

“I Ragnar because it empowers me. Ragnar unleashes something inside that can’t be contained. It makes me feel invincible, confident, at peace.  Over the past three years I have gotten in to running, became more consistent with my training, started to get serious about losing weight, become more focused and happy. This is all due to the adventure that started at Ragnar NY 2010 and won’t end until I no longer have use of my legs.” – Paul Laedke




3 Responses to Why I Ragnar

  1. Matt Smith says:

    I run Ragnar for the chance to push myself physically, and to run with good people. I did Hood to Coast last year, and heard that Ragnar was MUCH more fun. Definitely looking forward to the chance to do it!

  2. Ivan Hooper says:

    I Ragnar for the camaraderie. I've made some great friends, not just on my teams, but from all over. I love meeting people on the course and talking to them about their experiences with relays and running in general. I started running simply to lose weight and get in shape; I dropped 50 lbs and ran my first overnight relay, Ragnar NW Passage, in 2008. I was immediately hooked: this year's Napa Valley will make 8 Ragnar Relays and 16 total overnight relays since then. Now I run to stay in shape, and I Ragnar for the people, the teams, the van shenanigans, the costumes, and the good times. How else do you get to run through the beautiful countryside at 1 AM, howling at the moon, and not get arrested? (Ragnar NW Passage 2008, 09, 10, 11, 12; Del Sol 2010; Vegas 2010; Napa Valley 2012)

  3. When I first heard of Ragnar Relay in 2007 I did not imagine the effect it would have on me as well as the addiction problem that would come after. I have run 6 NW Passage Relays and SWAT for 3. The Camaraderie is like no other race. I have ran many marathons and other races and none compare to Ragnar. There's so much joy, happiness, peace, excitement, adrenaline, confidence, support, motivation, inspiration, energy, creativity, unity, enthusiasm, and much more, the list goes on, that Ragnar offers and brings into any runner's life. Both for the volunteer and the runner participating in Ragnar, the atmosphere is "habit-forming" in a good way! It is catchy and it gets spread once you are in. Thank you so much. I have set some PR's on the NW Passage course and so have my teammates, it is an honor to have done so while running a Ragnar Race. Thank you very much for all that you do to make all this happen for crazy runners like me. Keep 'em coming. I plan to run Ragnar for as long as my legs allow me.

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