So about 2 weeks ago I was chosen to be an ambassador for Ragnar Relay Chicago, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to learn what all my responsibilities would be, tonight I was on a conference call with some of the other ambassadors. So excited!!!
It made me think of my first Ragnar that I did in 2012 and what a fun experience it was. I joined a Ragnar team knowing no one on my team, I randomly emailed someone who had posted in one of my running clubs and joined a team. A few months before the race the team folded, and I was once again on the hunt for a team since this was a race I really wanted to do, so another Kenosha running club member started looking for a team and I told her if she found a team that needed two people, I’d be game. She found a team out of Chicago and we both joined. I had emailed the team a bunch of times and felt good about the group, I couldn’t wait to meet them on race day.
On the Friday morning of race day at around 4am I met my team, we were an 11 person team, so I was about to meet 10 complete stranger, I was nervous and excited hoping I would live up to their expectations.
We got to Madison and by then we were mostly awake, then our awesome adventure began! I was in van 1, we all hit it off and I was super excited to have joined this group. I was runner #3 right in the middle of the group, I navigated most of the trip, I suck at driving a 15 passenger van, but I can read directions, most of the time plus I was from Wisconsin and knew most of the area.
After our van did our second legs, we had some late night down time before meeting van 2 again. Turns out where we had to meet van 2 was right near my house, so van 1 headed to my house for a couple hours of sleep, I was also able to drop off my stinky running clothes at home so I’d have less to bring back from Chicago.
We met back up with van 2 and ran our last set of legs, once van 1 was done we headed to Montrose Harbor to wait for van 2.
Ragnar is super fun and a long 2 days but so worth it, in 2013 I ran with people I knew, ill be posting about this years Ragnar soon.