Excited about the REI No Buts Night Run hosted by Ragnar? Us too! But before we dive run right in, let’s get some of your questions answered. Don’t see your question listed here? Leave us a comment below and we’ll do our best to answer it!
So how does this work…?
To get started, pledge to run on Jan. 31 by entering your information on the form. Then, on Feb. 1, we’ll ask you to confirm you ran. This is on the honor system, but we’ll be looking for your photos on Instagram and Facebook and following your journey! For every person who pledges, REI will donate $1 to the American Hiking Society, the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. This is a simple way to help support a great cause with a national footprint. Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook event page!
Is there a cost to participate?
No! This is a free event! Come one, come all. Invite your friends. And commit to doing something challenging while knowing you’ll be supporting a good cause.
Who can join?
Anyone can join across the US, Canada, and world! Ring your long lost cousin in Europe (or wherever), and have them join!
Is there a hashtag?
We’re glad you asked! Use the #NightRun hashtag on your social media posts and tag @RagnarRelay and @REI!
Do I have to run with someone else?
You do not have to run with anyone else, but if you are looking for people to run with, we might have a local Ragnar Ambassador in your area who is hosting a group run. Check to see the local meet-ups here!
Do I have to wear safety gear?
If you are running on the open road we require you to wear a safety vest, headlamp and taillight. Our number one priority is safety, and although we won’t be able to police everyone who participates, we highly recommend you follow our guidelines for running at night on an open road. If you are running on the trail, for your own safety we recommend brining a headlamp and hand flashlight.
Do I have to run?
Mileage and speed don’t matter, it’s all about the run. And, if you happen to prefer snow-shoeing (or whatever) we won’t mind.
How does the donations portions work?
For every person who pledges to run, and then follows through with their pledge, REI will donate $1 to the American Hiking Society, the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. This is a simple way to help support a great cause with a national footprint.
Do I need to submit my miles?
We’ll send you an email to verify if you’ve followed through with your pledge, but we aren’t concerned about your mileage or distance. Just let us know if you ran, and we’ll make sure REI makes a donation on your behalf.
Does it have to be dark?
Yes, but don’t over think it. Just put your excuses behind you and run! It will be a Supermoon if you want to coordinate your schedule with an amazing lunar event. Check here to see if it will be visible where you live.
Will there be a shirt or medal offered?
Participants will be able to buy a limited edition No Buts Night Run shirt after the event is over. There will not be a medal. Stay tuned for details about the shirt!
What do I do if I didn’t get the confirmation email?
If you did not receive the confirmation email there are a few things you can do. First, check you junk and/or spam folders, your promotions tab in Gmail and search for “Ragnar” in your inbox.
If that doesn’t work, please email email@example.com.