Ragnar Double Medals

Who doesn’t love more bling? We do! And that’s why we created the Ragnar Relay Double Medal Series. Run 2 of the selected Ragnars below and you will get an extra medal for bragging and display.

We hand picked these Double Medals for the 2012 Relay Season. Have ideas for future double medals? Post them in the Comment section below. We love hearing about your acheivements and who will be flashing more bling. Tell us which double medals you’ll be earning in the Comments below as well.

Happy Running!
-Ragnar Staff 



What’s a better getaway than Spring in the Cape and Fall in the Adirondacks? Beaches and Leaves. Oceans and Lakes. Lighthouses and Log houses. It’s all in the package of running scenic Ragnar Cape Cod and the stunning Ragnar Adirondacks and being rewarded with the splendid Docks & Dacks double medal.

More info on Ragnar Relay Cape Cod or Adirondacks



Why hold back? When you run two of our mid-western party Ragnars, it’s time to celebrate! Make It A Double and complete both the Ragnar Chicago and the Ragnar Great River. Stay thirsty, my friends!

More info on Ragnar Relay Chicago or Great River



Hit me. Hit me again. Whatever you do – go big or go home. Run Ragnar Las Vegas and any other Ragnar (except Wasatch Back) in the same calendar year and you can look like a High Roller all night.

More info on Ragnar Relay Las Vegas



You like mountains? You like a challenge? Of course you do. That’s why you want to run both of Ragnar’s most challenging courses in the same year – Ragnar Wasatch Back and Ragnar Colorado. Welcome to the club…

More info on Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back or Colorado



Sometimes being bad feels pretty good. We reward all you Saints and Sinners who run both Ragnar Wasatch Back and Ragnar Las Vegas in the same year with this, probably our most highly coveted medal.

More info on Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back or Las Vegas



There’s a reason that people call California the Golden State. And it’s not because of the golden tans and west coast sunshine. It’s this medal. Run Ragnar So Cal and Ragnar Napa Valley within the same year and start a modern day Gold Rush.

More info on Ragnar Relay So Cal or Napa Valley



The only double medal that crosses two years. Run a Ragnar in 2012, other than the Florida Keys, AND run the Ragnar Florida Keys in January, 2013. Kick off your New Year running the Keys! Work Hard, Play Hard, then show it off with your Two Piece.

More info on Ragnar Relay Florida Keys


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Ragnar Moments

Why do I run Ragnar?

by Brianne Skidmore

I ask myself that every time I find myself scrambling to get in training runs and then again, while scrambling to find a replacement for a sick teammate. I ask it at 2AM, mid-race, as I squeeze myself into a lumpy van bench and plead with my body to fall asleep, and again at 5AM, as I plead with my tired, aching legs to get me across my last exchange.

And my answer is always the same. I run Ragnar because despite the time, the stress, the exhaustion and the pain, there is no place I’d rather be than holed up in a van with 5 of my closest (or soon-to-beJ)  friends…retelling funny stories, sharing relationship advice, exchanging fitness tips and then eating handfuls of…WHATEVER (calories don’t count at Ragnar). And, most importantly, cheering each other on. It’s that cheering that has gotten me through runs that I never could’ve on my own. (What a life metaphor that is, huh?)

If my favorite moments in life are kept in my head like Polaroid snapshots, I have an entire folder for the Ragnars I’ve run. There is a shot of my van mates making a human bridge for me on my very first Ragnar leg. And one of the tighty-whitey underwear purses that our Haulin’ Asphalt secret sisters made and bedazzled for us. (Mine had a bamboo handle and fit Goo and bananas perfectlyJ.) But my, hands-down,  favorite  is the image I have of myself running over a hill in Carlsbad, just before sunrise, and coming head to head with a giant, blood-red moon, floating weightlessly above the California coast. When else would I experience that?!

I run Ragnar because Ragnar gives me the opportunity to experience extraordinary moments with (anything but) ordinary people doing something we love in an extraordinary way.  

Brianne Skidmore is a personal trainer and mother of 4 who has either captained or joined 4 Ragnar teams since 2010, with 2 more Ragnar Relays to complete before the end of 2012. Follow her health and fitness blog @ http://skinnymom.com/author/briannearizona/ and like her on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/Cravefitnesspage.

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Why We Ragnar

Elizabeth McClosky, a member of the team Girls Gone Miles, who ran Ragnar Cape Cod in May, wrote her team this note on what Ragnar means to her. Consider it a little Ragnar inspiration to start the summer off…

Some food for thought now that I have had a few days to digest the culmination of the last nine months.

As the story goes, I was toying with the idea of calling out of work on Monday morning because I wasn’t feeling prepared for the week with laundry, lunches, etc. Then we sat on the highway for HOURS going nowhere, and I thought that this would for sure push me to take the day off, sleep a little, catch up on what I shirked over the weekend. It didn’t help that my whole family was telling me to take the day, that I deserved it, to make it my Mother’s Day…

Nevertheless, Monday morning came, and I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and marched off, admittedly feeling a little unprepared.  But it was because I realized something about this race, about what is underneath the black and purple hijinx, the boas, the tattoos, the cowbells and glow sticks…

What Ragnar has done for me is remind me that life is about going even when you’re tired (“Wake up! Meagan is on her way! GOOOOO!), pushing even when you’re unprepared, and about just doing it when you don’t feel ready, knowing that you’ll figure it out along the way. Even with the hose water, beer lines, and other snafus, Ragnar has really become a metaphor for the way life works.

It’s a reminder that even when you have no idea what lies ahead, even when you’re unsure if you’re going the right way at all, there’s only one thing to do: keep going. It’s a reminder that there are often long, dark, scary roads with no lights ahead of us and no lights behind us, so this is when we run like hell for our lives. It’s a reminder that sometimes in life your friends can cheer from the sidelines, sometimes they can cheer alongside you, sometimes they can jump in and even pull you along because you’re hurting or doubting yourself and they can reassure you. Sometimes, though,  you just have to go it alone, but they’ll be at the end waiting for you. Sometimes, no one is there and you have to figure it out for yourself.

Ragnar is a reminder that when you feel like life is all uphill and you’re ready to quit the climb, that just over the horizon is the finish line.  Running has been the single most important teacher to me for the last 22 years. For all of the laughs, personal bests, and challenges that we’ve all shared over the last three years, the lessons beneath it all are what I will take to the beach next year!!!!!! What a kick ass bunch of ladies! You make me so freaking proud.

Follow these ladies and all of their running escapes on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/GIRLSGONEMILES




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Captain’s Corner: What Every Captain Needs to Know

We’ve asked a few of our repeat captains to blog about what it takes to be a captain and how they manage their teams. This week, Brian Darrow discusses Planning & Recruiting a Ragnar team.

by Brian Darrow

One of the most rewarding things about serving as the captain of a Ragnar Relay team is the general feeling of satisfaction you get from the smiles and high fives of your team as they cross the finish line. Getting them to that point? Well, that takes some effort. Whether your team is made up of friends, enemies (what were you thinking?) or complete strangers; getting 12 or even 6 busy people to show up and perform on cue is never as easy at it first seems. Here are a few things you should know as your team comes together for their next adventure.


Before you do anything, plan out the weekend. Figure out where you’ll be renting the vans, where you’ll be staying, and how much gas you’ll be using driving between all those places and while on the course. Next, figure out how much those things are going to cost. Then, book the vans and the hotels. Most car rental places and hotels require a credit card at the time of booking, but don’t actually charge the card until you pick up the vehicle or check in. You can usually cancel car rentals at no charge right up to the day of the rental. Most hotels require 24 hours notice for penalty free cancellation, but it may be up to a week for others. In any case, your team will have come together (or not) well before then, so you can cancel rooms or vehicles as your plans change.

Now, you don’t have to worry about the hotels and van rental companies selling out and you’ve got a good idea how much everything is going to cost. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of miscellaneous things like insurance for the vans, decorations, costumes and food. That’ll come in handy because people generally don’t like surprises when it comes to spending money.


Most captains start the recruiting process with a group of people who want to run the relay already available. The rest of the spots are filled with friends, friends of friends or complete strangers. If you’re stuck with a few open spots that you can’t seem to fill, you can use the Ragnar Team Finder. Simply log into your account at ragnarrelay.com (create an account if you don’t already have one), and click the “runners looking for teams” link on the right hand side of your dashboard. You’ll find a list of all the runners looking for teams. Clicking on a runner’s name will bring up a profile of that runner with their pace, phone number and email address. Once you’ve registered your team, you can click the check box on the right hand side of your team page to indicate to others that your team is looking for runners.

Another great place to recruit is the Ragnar Relay Series Facebook page. While the general Facebook page gets the most views, there are also specific pages for each event. Many individual runners post their desire to find a team on the “walls” of these event pages. Likewise, you can let everyone know you’re looking for runners and post a little bit of information about your team.

Stay tuned for his post next week about managing the money, getting prepared and packing!

Brian Darrow has captained seven Ragnar Relay teams and plans to complete eight of them in 2012. You can read more of his articles about running, find training plans and join one of his Ragnar Relay teams at digitalrunning.com.

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12 Runners, 2 Vans, and 53 Suitcases

Not quite sure what or how to pack for your next Ragnar? Our Madison based Ambassador, Katie of @KatieTris, shares her packing advice with us below. Catch her at Ragnar Chicago in June!

Let it be known that I have never been a light, only the necessities, less is more, sort of packer.  In fact I would describe myself as more of an “everything but the kitchen sink” sort of packer.  I mean a girl’s got to have options, right?

My first Ragnar I defintely stuck to my tried and true methods of bringing a little bit of everything.  I brought:  

  • bag of clothes (which is a topic we’ll revisit in a bit)
  • bag of food (did I mention that we also had communal bags of food and an entire cooler of goodies) 
  • bag of food to share with the van
  • bag of pre-filled water bottles
  • messenger bag (the bag was overflowing with stuff because what if I received an email I just HAD to answer, or wanted to catch up on my reading, or something)
  • sleeping bag, blanket and pillow
  • yoga mat
  • foam roller

And the truly amazing thing? I was not the one with the most gear in our van. 

Ragnar is different than packing for a marathon, a triathlon, or any other race for that matter.  It’s different than packing for a weekend getaway or camping trip.  The bottom line is that you are spending 24+ hours living out of a van with 5 of your, soon to be, closest friends.  During those 24+ hours you will be running multiple times, attempting to sleep, probably going out in public, and who knows what else.  

By my 2nd Ragnar I had established my must-haves and my not-necessaries and felt prepared, but not over-packed.  Everyone’s list will be a little different, but here is what I won’t leave home without:

Running clothes: Head-to-toe clean set of clothes for EACH leg I run. This is crucial as clean, dry clothes are much more comfortable and will reduce the risk of chaffing, etc.

My first time around I included a lot of extra running clothes because ‘what if”?!? I packed a warm top and running tights, in June, because “what if” it was unseasonably cold at night.  I packed two shirt options for just about every leg because “what if” I changed my mind.  I packed an extra pair or two of shorts because, well, “what if.”  I’m a girl that likes options, but in all seriousness, I didn’t wear half of the clothes in my bag.  Check the weather the day before and adjust accordingly.  I can promise, from experience, that it will be ok if you have to wear the outfits you packed.

Comfy Clothes: I cannot stand to sit in my soggy workout clothes for much more than 5mins after I’m done. I found a tank top, t-shirt, yoga capris, skirt and a sweatshirt covered all my bases. And clean socks and underoos, obviously. A skirt? Is that really necessary? For me, yes.  Having a longer, lightweight, skirt made changing discretely in a the backseat of a van easy and also let things air out a bit, if you know what I mean.

Shoes: 2 pairs of running shoes and a pair of sandals.  It has rained at both Ragnar’s so having a pair of dry shoes has been clutch, and the sandals were a great way to stretch (and air out) my piggies between legs.

Food and Water: Obviously having a few go-to items that you know you crave post-run is key, but remember that you really are only in the van for 24+ hours.  And there are plenty of convenience stores and restaurants along the way.  Ragnar also has food for sale at the major exchanges (pasta dinner, PB&J, pancakes, etc).  I promise there are no shortages of options along the way.

Be sure to decide as a van before Ragnar as to whether or not you will be stopping for meals so you know how much you need to bring.  It’s also a great idea to bring one of those giant 5G water coolers for the van to refill your water bottles from. Same thing on snacks.  Our driver made the most amazing trail mix for the van that we all grazed off of for the trip.  A few sweet and salty options for the van to share is probably all you need.

Sleeping: Both Ragnars I brought something to sleep on, and neither time did I use it.  I am a very good car/van sleeper, so I opted to sleep in van seat and got enough shut-eye to get me through.  Had it been wicked hot that probably wouldn’t have worked out quite so well… A pillow is a must have for me, but I will likely forgo the sleeping pad and/or yoga mat and sleeping bag going forward.  

I saw plenty of people setting up tents to sleep in but can’t say I understand it.  When you only have a few hours to sleep do you really want to spend a portion of that putting up, and taking down, a tent?  My first Ragnar there was indoor sleeping at two of the major exchanges, so getting out of the elements wasn’t an issue.  My second Ragnar had indoor sleeping at one of the exchanges, but the weather cooperated so sleeping outside wasn’t an issue.  Be sure to read up on what the major exchanges offer ahead of time so that you can plan accordingly.

Two things I would highly suggest are a sleep mask and ear plugs!!  When you are trying desperate to catch a few zzz’s in a busy parking lot or school gym you’ll thank me for the suggestion.

Everything else: Sunscreen, bugspray, toiletries, towel, etc. Bring ’em.  Books, computers, magazines, etc. Leave ’em.  Every van should have at least one photographer in the bunch to capture those candid moments, but if you’re not a picture-taker don’t sweat it.  Baby wipes. BRING ‘EM!  

And of course don’t forget the Ragnar required bits and pieces like headlamp, taillight and reflective vest. 

I’m sure that some of you are reading this somewhat mystified and awed by the amount of stuff I thought I needed for Ragnar…both on on my first trip and even my revised, trimmed down list.   Packing light is second nature for some.  You know the ones that manage to pack for a 2wk vacation in 1 carry-on sized suitcase?  I clearly am not one of those gifted individuals.  Or my clothes are bigger.  Whatever the case, I’m getting better. 

Bottom line is that the less stuff you have in the van the more room you have to sprawl out and get comfy for one heck of a ride!

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