Reasons I Loved Ragnar

It’s been a busy week back to work after Ragnar Cape Cod so I have been a bit delayed in my promised glut of #Bragnar posts. Find a recap of my actual legs here. More than a week after Ragnar Eve, I am still giddy from what a great experience I had. Here’s why.

1) The views

I haven’t run any other Ragnar Relay races before but this particular one came with some killer views.

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2) Letting out your inner kid out

Evidently it’s a thing to decorate vans for the race. Doing this as an adult tends to make one giddy.

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3) Speaking of acting like a kid

Again, sticking magnets on vans is a bit of silliness that we tend not to manifest in our grown-up lives and some of the team names were hysterical.

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4) The crazy night gear

Overnight runs call for gear that will make you stand out in the dark and I love things that sparkle and glow!

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5) The other crazy gear

Typical road races have water stations ever couple of miles or offer little other the backs (if you’re as slow as me) of other runs to view but we supplied our own water and got to take a movie over the Bourne Bridge.

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6) People acting crazy

Let’s face it, being up all night in a hot sweaty van in between running a lot will lead to some insanity. Who doesn’t love some insane behavior among friends. (Okay, it was mostly just this one chick who was crazy but I love her!)

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7) The cheering

I loved people rooting for me and I love rooting for them.

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8) Sharing the starts and the finishes

In most races, you run from start to finish but in a relay you get to hand off to your buddies at each exchange and this camaraderie is special.

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9) The friendships

Even if you find yourself in a van full of strangers, it doesn’t take long to get to know each other really, really well.

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10) The Swagnar

You get cool Ragnar stuff to commemorate your effort.

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