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Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage

Fri 12th Jul 2019 • by Ragnar Relay
Blaine, Washington, US
Run 197.1mi

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Tickets $930–$1,620

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Reebok Ragnar Northwest Passage, the unforgettable running relay that sells out year after year, is back July 12-13. Home of iconic landmarks, friendly locals and breathtaking coastal views, the peaceful Pacific Northwest scenery lives up to its famous reputation. Youll take turns running for two days and one night along vibrant fireweed blossoms, fruit stands and picturesque farms.

Distances in this event

  1. 200 miles

    Run 197.1mi
    Fri 12th Jul 2019
    $930–$1,620
    Tickets available
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What’s Included

Your Team Captain will receive an email containing Runner's Bible and Other information you'll want to know!

Course Details

Your journey begins near the Canadian border in the city of Blaine, WA and takes your team past famous sights including the glacial Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, Deception Pass and the Puget Sound.

The course will take you where the forest meets the sea, and leave you breathless as you cross the finish line with your whole team in Langley, WA on Whidbey Island where you’ll celebrate an accomplishment you could never do alone. Don’t miss out on this incredible adventure.

Your 200-ish mile relay wraps up, after each team member completes 3 (or 6) legs, in Langley, WA on Whidbey Island where teams celebrate an accomplishment they won’t soon forget.

Raceday Logistics
    Save yourself some time Friday morning and check in at Exchange 6 on Thursday! Both Van 1 and Van 2 are welcome to check-in. It's an opportunity for vans to check in early, which can help reduce the stress of race day.

    Safety training and all of the other check-in processes available at the start line and Exchange6 are available at the PPU. Either or both vans can check-in at the PPU. Thursday Packet Pick Ups are NOT REQUIRED for any members of the team. However, in order to check-in at the PPU, ALL members of a van must be present.

Location: Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

Travel

$15 parking fee for non-race vehicles.

Kit List

Your captain will receive an in-depth packing list, however the basics you will need are

    clothing
    accessories
    safety gear
    food
    toiletries
Spectators

When you’re not running, you’ll be partying with your team and other runners at Ragnar Village - think campfire stories, s’mores, live music, round the clock food vendors (no joke) and even time to roll out those sore legs.

FAQs

Safety Tips

In addition to wearing the required safety gear (headlamp, taillight, and safety vest), here are Ragnar’s safety tips for running at night:

  1. Run Without Headphones
  2. Run with your Phone
  3. Have a Plan to Check-in with Your Team
  4. Bring a Personal Safety Device
  5. Run with Others
  6. Know your options: Pacers and the “Buddy Pass” (*Check the Race Bible for more details)
  7. Don’t Ignore your Instincts

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.

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