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  1. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    January 12, 2012

    lol sounds expensive, but I guess for that long of a race and such great organization it’s worth it if you can afford it!
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  2. Krissy
    January 12, 2012

    I am totally sold! Sounds AMAZING! I have to do this!

  3. CaitlinHTP
    January 12, 2012

    cheaper than i thought it would be – you’re right, you can EASILY drop $500 on any out of town race experience.
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    • CaitlinHTP
      January 12, 2012

      but i still dont think i could do this… i don’t think i could sleep in van. i would be a total zombie by the end. lol!

  4. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 12, 2012

    This is one of those things that looks fun but I think I’d be a miserable human being after that much time in a van and no bed or shower! haha
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  5. Heather @ Run Eat Play
    January 12, 2012

    Thanks for all the tips! There’s a Rangor Relay in Chicago this summer and it would be so awesome to do!

    • Erin
      January 12, 2012

      I did the Madison to Chicago Ragnar in 2011 and it was a blast. There were a few points when I thought “why am I doing this???” but afterward I was so glad I did. Even though I only managed about 90 minutes of sleep the entire time. It’s kind of like a marathon in that you learn what your body is truly capable of! You can read my recap here: http://eri-thon.blogspot.com/2011/06/madison-to-chicago-ragnar-relay-race.html
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  6. Holly
    January 12, 2012

    I think this race sounds amazing and you have motivated me to try to get on a team for the DC Ragnar this September. Thanks for the advice!

  7. Colleen
    January 12, 2012

    Great breakdown on the basics.
    You have your own visa commercial to tell your future kids: “12 sticky runners in 2 vans for 48 hours, 200 miles in Florida’s heat, $361 in registration/transportation/etc, a wedding proposal at the end = priceless”

  8. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    January 12, 2012

    That does sound expensive–thanks for breaking it all down! but it does seem like an AWESOME experience :) How fun!

  9. abbi
    January 12, 2012

    Overall, my Ragnar experience was expensive, but we did it as an ultra and also had to pay in lieu of volunteers. You are right about the disposable toothbrushes! Someone on our team brought those and were wonderful…they may or may not be a picture of me with a toothbrush in one hand and a plastic cup of wine in the other. I did one of the 2 AM shifts, it wasn’t as bad as I thought, my legs seemed to work!
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  10. Erin
    January 12, 2012

    Nice summary! I agree about stopping for food. The one mistake we made was not stopping for “real” meals along the way. Seriously, the cheap cafeteria hamburger I bought at our second major exchange point was the best thing I’d ever eaten after subsisting on Clif bars and bagels all day.

    Your comment about the toothbrush made me wonder. I *think* I brushed my teeth once. Maybe.

    I do recall that the first time I used a real restroom after using port-a-potties for 24+ hours I almost forgot to flush!
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  11. Chelsea
    January 12, 2012

    I’m definetly going to look into doing my own Ragnar!

  12. Kelley
    January 12, 2012

    After my wedding… Ragnar was probably the best weekend of my life. And I only knew one person on my team. It was AWESOME! I’m already dreaming of the next one I want to do. Here’s my recap of the So Cal Ragnar if anyone is interested: http://kelocity.com/2011/04/17/race-recap-the-socal-ragnar-relay/
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  13. Allison
    January 12, 2012

    Sounds like a totally awesome experience and you’ve sparked my interest! Would be tons of fun to get a group of friends to do it 😀

    How did y’all choose what segments of the run you’d each do?!
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  14. Kathy
    January 12, 2012

    Another awesome post…and I didn’t feel it was so long..ha!
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  15. Whitney @ Whit’s Kitchen
    January 12, 2012

    We have something sort of similar to Ragnar here in Lexington, KY called the Bourbon Chase. Unfortunately it’s in the fall and it’s almost always cold and rainy. I am looking at your photos and jealous of the warmth and sun you have! It’s totally snowing here right now!
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  16. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    January 12, 2012

    Thanks for the info! I’ve been thinking about running a relay here in NH that starts in the mountains and ends up at the beach. Reading your posts about Ragnar has really got me motivated in finding a team.
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  17. Army Amy*
    January 12, 2012

    I never even knew races like this existed! Now I’m really eager to see if there’s one in my area!*
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  18. Deva @ Deva by Definition
    January 12, 2012

    you are totally going to be in my area in May! I’m running the Flying Pig half and cannot wait! It will be my first long race and I am SO excited.
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  19. Heather
    January 12, 2012

    thanks for the tips! so excited for my relay in feb! I appreciate you taking the time to write all this out!
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  20. Emily
    January 13, 2012

    Thanks for the info.

    And I can’t WAIT till May! I am two weeks into my training plan (well, will be after tomorrow’s long run) and I am excited and nervous for my first marathon!
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  21. Sloane @ My Life in Florida
    January 14, 2012

    This race looks like so much fun!! Do you think you guys will do it again next year? I wish I would have known about it. I just recently moved to South Florida. Thank you for posting this!!

  22. Robin
    January 15, 2012

    I did my first relay in September in NH. I didn’t know one person on my team going into the race and now I have 11 ladies that I look up to and can’t wait to run with again next year. I had a night leg and loved it but my body hated it after. If you ever do a race up here, I highly recommend a sleeping bag, we were freezing at night! Thanks for the recap. My relay I participated in, was one of my favorite races last year and I love reminding myself of it.
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  23. Jenna
    January 17, 2012

    I also ran Ragnar Key West!!! So glad you enjoyed it! It was my teams 2nd (we did NY last May). It was such an amazing time!!

  24. Jenna
    January 17, 2012

    I just realized, you guys were “following” my team on Twitter, we were RunShank Redemption!!

  25. Jordan
    May 14, 2013

    Thinking of doing a Ragnar Relay soon. This post was super helpful, especially the cost breakdown. I thought it would be a lot more!

  26. Chad
    September 25, 2013

    I was hooked after my first Ragnar in 2011. Just signed up for #5 as Ultra team captain (again). Having done 4 Ragnar’s (2 regular & 2 Ultra)….if I had to pick one word……EPIC!

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