The devastating wildfires in Northern California made it impossible for us to host the 2017 Ragnar Napa Valley relay. While we were sorry we were not able to put on this event, the impact to the lives and community in the Napa and Sonoma regions far outweighed any other consideration.
Ragnar is about coming together to do things we couldn’t do alone. Whether we’re conquering 200-ish mile overnight running relays, or in the case of the 2017 Ragnar Napa race cancellation, we’re about coming together to turn an unfortunate situation into an opportunity for good.
In 2017, we changed our focus from hosting the race to helping rebuild the local community that has given so much to Ragnar over the years.
Ragnarians from around the country came together to #RunForNapa, donate, contribute and volunteer for a number of charities and local groups who all have the same collective goal of rebuilding the community.
Here’s a snapshot of the good we can do when we come together:
$30,000+ Donation to relief efforts from the Ragnar Nation
Participants registered for the 2017 race had the option to donate their registration fee directly to the North Bay Fire Relief, and so many Ragnarians chose this option that more than $30,000 was donated directly to this fund.
$20,000 Donation to relief efforts from Reebok
332 Hours of service donated
During the Ragnarians for Napa Rally, runners, friends and Ragnar staff chipped in 322+ hours of service to help charities and local groups that support rebuilding the devastated areas.
250 Participants in the group run
Ragnar had 250 runners come together at Golden Gate State Park and #RunForNapa. Although the 2017 race was canceled these runners still brought the Ragnar spirit by cheering each other on, wearing something a little out of ordinary and indulging in celebratory donuts. Talk about turning lemons into lemonade!
After the group run at Golden Gate State Park, 120+ Ragnarians volunteered at 8 different locations throughout California to help support an area that has given runners so much over the years.
20 Backpacks Donated
Operation Backpack gathered donations such as lunch boxes, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, colored pencils and gently used school backpacks for children affected by the fires. The Ragnar Nation donated enough items for 20 complete backpacks.
8 Different locations were frequented by Ragnar volunteers
Some 120 volunteers set out in the area to support the following charities and local groups;
- Ceres Community Project– Sebastopol – Food preparation
- Sonoma Humane Society– Santa Rosa – Distribution assistance and special projects
- Sonoma County RecoversDistribution Warehouse – Sebastopol – Donation sorting/warehouse assistance
- Sonoma Family Meals– Santa Rosa – Meal Preparation & Distribution
- Sonoma County Regional Parks – Sebastopol – Ragle Ranch Live Oak Restoration
- Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Relief– Santa Rosa – Homeowner assistance w/ debris sifting
- Vincent de Paul Society– Rohnert Park – Thrift Store & Warehouse Assistance
- Healdsburg Free Store– Healdsburg – Donation Sorting & Client Assistance
7 Ragnar partners who stepped up to support the Rally
Ragnar is lucky enough to work with some pretty great partners who helped us reduce the cost of the group run and rally so we could focus our efforts towards making a bigger impact in the community. We wanted to call out 7 partners and thank them for their support;
Reebok: Made a $20,000 cash donation to the North Bay Fire Relief.
Muscle Milk: Donated Muscle Milk to the group run participants.
Kind Bar: Donated Kind Bars to the group run participants.
Flip Belt: Helped Ragnar staff with operations and joined runners for volunteer work.
Honey Bucket: Donated portable toilets towards the group run.
Sports Basement: Donated tables to use during group run.
San Francisco Rec and Parks: Helped us secure a venue for the Group Run in a short period of time.
1 Amazing community of like-minded people determined to do some good
That’s you Ragnar Nation. Thanks for your continued support and helping us in our mission to turn something unfortunate into something good.