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Ragnar Relay Niagara

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On 31 May - 1 June 2019, get ready to experience the best parts of Ontario by foot, on a course that cuts across a countryside so scenic you will be rubbing your eyes in disbelief and wondering, “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?!”

It’s an amazing thing, and we’re hard at work making sure the course is improved, better than before, on a great date, and smoother than ever, so you can run, drive, sleep, repeat your way to a glorious victory dance under the finisher’s arch. Mark your running calendar for 31 May weekend and join the adventure that is Reebok Ragnar Niagara!

How to enter the Ragnar Relay Niagara

  1. Regular

    Run 305km
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  2. Ultra

    Run 305km
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Ragnar Relay Niagara routes

This overnight running relay kicks off in the quaint town of Cobourg. From there, you and your team of 12 (or 6 ultra-runners) tag-teams it, about 300-ish km, along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario on the Waterfront Trail, and past unspoiled vineyards, majestic overlooks and a gorgeous sunset that’s nothing short of Instagram worthy. You’ll (continue) running under the Toronto skyline, a gazillion stars and then watch the sun come, again, as you head into day two (still running!) towards the falls. THE FALLS…yes, those falls. The ones they write songs and poems about. Your team will cross the finish line together under the drum of 150,000 gallons of booming water from Niagara Falls and look over at the good ol’ US of A as you wonder what it feels like to get a good night’s sleep.

Event Details

Run from Cobourg to Niagara Falls on May 31- June 1 2019.

Pre Race Kick Off: The Running Room (Whitby): 80 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N 7T2, Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2019,Time: 5pm - 8pm

Start Line: Legion Field, 750 D'Arcy St., Coburg, ON K9A 061, Canada, GPS: 43.972885, -78.156410

Concession Stand will sell some breakfast items. Menu and prices are below: (prices in CA $'s)


  • Instant Oatmeal 1.50CAD
  • Muffin 1.50CAD
  • Bagel or English Muffin w/butter 1.50CAD
  • Bagel w/cream cheese or cheese slice 2.00CAD
  • Yogurt 1.00CAD
  • Fruit 1.00CAD
  • Juice 2.50CAD
  • Tea Coffee 1.75CAD
  • Water 2.50CAD
  • Finish Line: Toronto Power Park (Ex. Toronto Power Generating Station), 7320 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, GPS: 43.071917, -79.073903

    TEAM PARKING: The Grove Parking Lot - Across the road from the finish line, by the Floral Showcase

    Your captain will be sent a detailed packing list nearer to the event.

  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Toiletries
  • Safety Equipment
  • Food
  • Spectators welcome!

    Do I run the whole thing by myself? No. Ragnar is about doing something together you could never do alone. Teams of up to 12 run relay style from the start to end. On Road, the race is divided into 36 sections (called legs) and on Trail, the race has three loops. You’ll tag team it. Runner one will run the first leg or loop and you’ll meet them at the first handoff point. Then, Runner 2 will take over, and so-on-so-forth until everyone has run three legs or loops.

    Do I run the whole thing by myself? There are two types of teams at a Ragnar: crazy and crazier. Or, more commonly known as a regular team (12 people for Road and 8 people for Trail) and an ultra team (6 people for Road and 3 for Trail). Each team type can register different divisions such as all women or all men teams, military, corporate, CrossFit, etc.

    How many miles do you run as part of a team? Ragnarians will run anywhere from 12 to 25 miles (or double that on an ultra-team) divided into three sections. The exact mileage varies by race. Visit the event page, scroll down to the map, and click the down arrow next to “runner distances” to view your mileage.

    How do you know where to go? If Dorthy and her Oz crew were to write a song about Ragnar, it would go something like “Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the bright blue signs.” Throughout the 200-mile course are reflective signs attached to bright orange cones or posts. When running, you’ll do the touch-and-turn method. So, you’ll run up to the sign, touch it, and then head in the direction it points. You also have the option of bringing along your phone with the downloaded Ragnar App, including a map of the course and that blinking blue dot that tells you where you’re at in comparison to where you’re supposed to be.

    Do I have to be fast? Anyone can run a Ragnar, as long as you train. We require that teams have an overall pace of 11 min/ mile. This means that you can balance your paces throughout your team. (For example, if one person on your team runs a 14 min/ mile pace, have someone that runs a 8 min/mile pace so that you have an overall pace of 11 min/ mile.) The most important thing is that every team that starts is allowed to finish. If you’re running behind schedule, Ragnar Staff or the “Race Command” will work with you so that you finish before the cutoff.

    Do you have to run at night? Typically yes. Ragnar are overnight running relay races that take on average 24-36 hours to complete. Most runners will have at least one run that’s at night, in the dark. But depending on the time of year, and daylight savings it is possible that you might not run in the dark. You’ll don your safety vest, headlamp and head off into the dark. And despite your initial fear of bears, you may find, like many others, that the night run is the best part of a Ragnar Relay. It’s a time to bask in peace and quiet, to gaze at the stars and run a little faster than you normally do. If you’re still nervous, you have the option to bring along a pacer or your phone. Next thing you know, you’ll be addicted to runs in the dark.

    Meet the organiser

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    The idea to run an overnight 24+ hour running relay across the mountains of Utah was a lifelong dream of Steve Hill. The dream became a reality in 2004 when Steve, his son Dan and Dan’s college roommate, Tanner Bell, organized the first Wasatch Back Relay, spanning 188 miles from Logan to Park City, UT. Starting small, the Ragnar Relay Series has grown from a single relay in Utah to the largest overnight relay series in the nation. Some call it a movement. We call it Ragnar.


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