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Ragnar Trail Appalachians – WV

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Escape the daily grind and head toward adventure at Ragnar Trail Appalachians-WV on Aug. 9-10. Teams come together for an overnight running relay with trails fit for any level of runner at Big Bear Lake, a truly magical location that will have you asking “Did we travel back in time?”

Teams will take turns running on 3 sweet tree lined trails full of dense Appalachian forest, rolling hills with serious elevation, and giant ferns reminiscent of Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs...we think.

How to enter the Ragnar Trail Appalachians – WV

  1. 125 M Relay

    Run 125mi
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  2. Ultra - 4 people

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  3. High School

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Ragnar Trail Appalachians – WV routes

Teams of 8 runners, or 4 runners if you're in an ultra team, come together to enjoy running through 3 sweet tree-lined trails full of dense Appalachian forest with giant ferns and perfectly perpendicular trees casting shadows on your path. Your team will run day and night and day again, past every shade of green known to man, through this Jurassic Park-esque setting. Each runner hits the trail one at a time, while the rest of the team has the option to take in the party vibe at Ragnar Village, catch up on some much needed sleep, or explore a sea of decorated campsites.

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Ragnar Village:

    round the clock food vendors

Arrival Details - Thursday

Thursday Arrival

Thursday Arrival time will be 3:30pm. Please do not arrive before 3:30pm, the venue cannot accommodate cars lining up prior to the opening time. If you have gear to drop off near the camping area please drive the 2.5 miles following Ragnar signs to the Village area. Follow all posted speed limits while at Big Bear Campgrounds (20 MPH). You will be driving through a residential area where people of all ages will be cruising around on golf carts. Please do not come to the venue past 10 PM. Gates will be closing. No vehicles will be allowed to enter the park after this time. There will be a $10/night parking fee ($20 for Thursday Arrivals, $10 for Friday Arrivals). The parking fee will be CASH ONLY. If there is a medical issue overnight on Thursday, there will be a medic in the medic tent located in the main village area. If you have an emergency, call 911, then go see the medic in the medic tent.

The arrival process: Please read through this and follow along with the layouts below..

    When you first enter Big Bear Lake Campgrounds, the Big Bear staff will confirm that you are a Ragnar participant, and you'll be waved ahead to our volunteers.

    You will be guided into a line and then make your way up to the Orange Ragnar Tent. It is here that you will pay your parking fee of $10/vehicle/night (Saturday night excluded). You will also receive your Team Shuttle Vehicle sticker at this point. This allows one of your teams vehicles to park near the camping area. This sticker will be placed on the windshield of a vehicle, and will be given to the first vehicle that arrives for your team. All other vehicles park near the main park entrance and use our Ragnar shuttles, or your one designated team vehicle to get back and forth (we prefer that you use the Ragnar Shuttle, please try and limit your driving while at the event).

    Vehicles will then drive 2.5 miles down the road to the Gear Drop/Camping/Village area where they will enter the gear drop area.

The Gear Drop Area functions just like an airport drop-off area. Please decide on the map where you and your team will be camping ahead of time if at all possible. The tree'd camping area offers great views of runners finishing their loops, is shaded, and full of excitement. The camping along the landing strip is also awesome and full of energy, but is not quite as boisterous as the tree'd camping can be.

    When you enter the corresponding gear drop, you'll pull off to the side, unload your gear and passengers in 5-8 minutes, the driver only will get back in their vehicle and proceed to one of the two parking areas (the Team Shuttle Vehicle area, or parking back up near the entrance of the park). If you are parking in the main parking area near the entrance, we will have 15-passenger vans running as shuttles. Hours are oulined in the race schedule.

* Please note via the orange arrows in the second graphic below, that the gear drop along the landing strip is a one way loop, and pull-offs for unloading gear is only on the right hand side of that loop. There is camping in the middle of that landing strip and on both sides.

Camping/ Check-in

Runners can camp Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night(Saturday night parking has no fee). No one will be allowed into the parking lot, village, gear drop or camping area before 3:30 PM on Thursday or 7 AM Friday. Please keep your team's footprint within a 17 foot by 17 foot space. Some camping areas will be marked with chalk, please stay within the chalked lines in those areas.

Tree Camping: There is a ton of tree camping at this venue! Feel free to use these areas and any other tree camping areas you may find!

Camping is allowed Saturday night. If you don't feel like packing up on Saturday, just hang tight and stay another night. The Ragnar Village will be broken down, and there will not be any vendor or food sales, but feel free to enjoy a final night of camping. We only ask that when you leave Sunday morning you meticulously pick up waste and microtrash around your area, and take it home with you to dispose of, even if you don't think it is yours.

Compulsory must haves:

  • trash and recycling liners
  • first aid kit
  • cash
  • ICE contacts for each runner
  • anti-chafing
  • clothing (wet and dry conditions!)
  • Accessories
  • Night Gear - headlamp and flashlight
  • camping gear
  • toiletries
  • food
  • 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.

    Amenities – Food, Showers, Activities:
    Food – Although every race is different, we provide a Friday night dinner to each runner and strive to have great meal options for purchase for all other meals during the event. Check out the Village section of the race webpage and the race specific Runner Packet for all of the details on food. We recommend that you also bring team food. Treat it just like a camping trip with 7 friends. And please note, Ragnar strives to provide vegetarian options at all meals but other food preferences (gluten-free, vegan, etc) are not always available. Please consider bringing your own food if you have specific dietary requirements.

    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 Trail, the race has three loops. You’ll tag team it. Runner one will run the first 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 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 ( 8 people for Trail) and an ultra team (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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