ragnar relay so cal {team sparkle ULTRA edition}

by @according2kelly on May 14, 2012

recruiting team members for a two hundred mile ragnar relay running adventure, isn’t exactly easy. but recruiting for an ultra team is even harder.

did i forget to mention that little detail?

team-sparkle-run-ragnar-so-calgenerally speaking, most people run the ragnar relay with 12 team members & 2 vans (6 runners in each van).

each team member (of a 12-person team) runs three legs, in rotation. for example… runner 1 runs his leg & then hands off the “baton” to runner 2, who is anxiously waiting for him (or her) at the first exchange. runner 2 takes off, while runner 1 rejoins his teammates in the van. the van then leapfrogs down the road to the next checkpoint, to drop off runner 3 – & so on, & so on… with each runner running every 12 legs. make sense?

but we aren’t most people. that’s why we decided to race the ragnar so cal as an all-women’s ULTRA team…

ultra-ragnar-relay

luckily,  5 of my best friends agreed to run ragnar with me.

we may not be the fastest, & we aren’t exactly what you would call serious runners (most of us have only run 1 marathon, we generally squeeze runs in-between school drop-offs, business meetings and baseball practice, & at least for me, running is more therapy than exercise), but we didn’t care.

ragnar so cal wasn’t about the competition – i wouldn’t even call it a race. from the very beginning, our ragnar was more about the adventure & the “unforgettable stories.” we wanted, no we needed to prove to ourselves, that even casual runners, like ourselves, could survive a 200 mile journey & live to tell the tale.

ready to meet the other members of team sparkle ULTRA?!

linda: runner 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 31, with a total mileage of 40.2 miles. she’s a mom of 3 who loves to run, bike & swim.

linda-ragnar-so-calkenna: runner 2, 8, 14, 22, 28, 34, with a total mileage of 37.3 miles. mom of 2, who’s a nurse in her “spare” time.

kenna-ragnar-so-caltamra: runner 4, 10, 16, 22, 28, 34, with a total mileage of 26.7 miles. self-pronounced cat lady, avid mountain biker, talented musician and she’ll beat you at any video game.

tamra-ragnar-so-calcarrie: runner 5, 11, 17, 23, 29, 35, with a total mileage of 30.2 miles. mother of 4, with not enough time to sew, run, thrift, DIY, mountain bike & crochet, but she sneaks it in anyway.

carrie-ragnar-so-calelise: runner 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, with a total mileage of 29.9 miles. she’s the cupcake activist: fighting for the cupcake cause. as a triathlete she likes to burn calories so she can eat them.

elise-ragnar-so-calso there you have it. team sparkle ULTRA edition. linda, kenna, me, tamra, elise & carrie. 6 girls on a mission to run 200 miles.

team-sparkle-at-ragnarbut a team is only a strong as their “support” staff. & luckily, we had some amazing people working behind the scenes.

julie: photographer, official facebook & twitter updater

julie-ragnar-so-cal

mark: driver extraordinaire

mark-ragnar-so-cal

images via angry julie.

read the rest of the team sparkle ragnar so cal adventure…
* part one: ragnar relay so cal {what is it?}
* part two: ragnar relay so cal {team sparkle ULTRA edition}
* part three: ragnar so cal {the sparklicious swaggerwaggon}
* part four: ragnar so cal {team sparkle relay essentials}
* part five: team sparkle RUNS ragnar so cal
* part six: kelly runs ragnar socal {with team sparkle}
* part seven: team sparkle FINISHES ragnar so cal

6 comments
Missie
Missie

You guys are so cute! I so need a sparkle skirt!

Ciry
Ciry

How cool! I want to run it next year!!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

You have to put a ragnar relay on your running bucket list!

Carolyn
Carolyn

We have something similar near me called Reach the Beach which is also a 200 mile relay. You team looks super fun! I am planning on doing it next year.

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