Tomorrow is a day for adventure. A day for pushing oneself beyond the known limits. For crossing the boundaries of self-doubt. This is the first international Ragnar Relay Niagara Ontario. And you, lucky runners, are the very first Ragnarians to conquer the course, one kilometer at a time.
Keeping an eagle eye on all of the participants is a woman who came to Ragnar a year ago with big ambitions and just the right amount of heart to throw together a 311 km overnight relay, and make it look easy. Katie Aston Seeley, the young, up and coming race director, not only wrangled the logistics of this beautiful Ragnar, but managed to do it all this year and get married in her spare time. She’s pretty proud about both accomplishments, but you’ll hear her going on and on about this stunning course. “Ragnar Relay Niagara Ontario is one of the series’ flattest courses, allowing runners to push themselves for even faster times, and teams to push for record completion times for a Ragnar Relay. And, if running itself doesn’t take your breath away, the Toronto skyline at night sure will! Plus, this has to be the most incredible finish line ever: runners will get to celebrate a great finish while looking down at both the American and Canadian Falls in Niagara.” She has a point. But, it’s not just the course that makes this race special. The real secret to an awesome race is, well, you. Katie describes the Ragnar Relay Niagara Ontario as “the most adventurous of the Ragnar Nation, and the bravest of the Canadian running community that truly embodies the Ragnar Viking spirit of venturing to new lands and conquering with a sense of adventure. Plus, Ragnar runners are helping us give back to the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, an organization dedicated to building trails and communities conducive to running and active lifestyles.” It’s true: Ragnar runners rock. And this weekend, they’ll be making Ragnar history. Good luck runners!