Well after over a year of planning the race is now staring us in the face…RAGNAR RELAY-CHICAGO!! During this year there has been much training, dreaming, worrying and lots of laughter shared among a group of 12 runners that all decided it was time to run this awesome race!
The group was formed from an on-line virtual running club on Facebook known as Runjunkees. I think you kind of get from the name that we’re all a little on the nutty side when it comes to our running and the desire to seek out new and exciting races and/or challenges! We all live and breathe running and share the stories on Facebook of all our adventures. Some of the people on our team (known as the Mighty Minions) have never even met one another in person! We’re setting out to run this race of about 200 miles, living in two vans with people that are basically new to our lives…how cool is that?! The added bonus for me is that my younger sister Patti and my bride of coming up on 10 years Karla will also be running on this team! Super Bonus!!
The Ragnar Relay Series started in about 2003 and I’ve had my eye on it for about 10 years. The series has grown in leaps and bounds and relays are now held in states all over the country. They offer both road and trail relays and in some spectacular places. This particular one we’re doing starts in Madison, WI and goes into Chicago, IL. Much of the run is along lake lined areas and offers all kinds of challenges for us. We’ll run in parks, on roads, trails, have some hills and a little flat land. We’ll go from farmland to big city lights! This will be EPIC!
Back a few years ago, I was running a half marathon in Bowling Green, KY and spotted a Ragnar emblem on the back of a vehicle. I told my wife as we walked past “one day I’ll have that on my car”! I’ve never let go of that and I…along with my team will be proud owners of both the Ragnar emblem and the very special Bling that comes along with it!
I told you all that this year was about the “Bucket List” runs and Oh Baby is this ever a Bucky List winner! I plan on adding some fresh ink on my skin once this journey has been completed! To some that may seem extreme…but to me it feels right and it’s again part of “my journey”
I plan on taking as many pictures as possible along the way and keeping everyone updated via Run Zombie Run on Facebook! It looks to be on the warm side so expect messy, wet people with huge smiles! 🙂 I’ll kick out another blog once we wrap things up and get back home.
So please remember to get out there and live! Take those dreams and turn them into reality! Set goals and crush them! I’ve said this before and here we go again…”Life is not a spectator’s sport…go out and play”!
I’ll see you all on the road!