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Swagnar Relay (giveaway)

by Meghann on October 22, 2012

Last January I ran the craziest race of my life: Ragnar Relay: Miami to Key West.


200 miles. 12 people. 2 vans. 48-hrs of insanity.

I’m not even sure where to begin to describe the Ragnar Relay experience because there is seriously no experience like it out there. You can check out my recaps here: Part I, Part II, Part III <- my favorite part of them all ;), but just trust me when I say that Ragnar Relay is a one-of-a-kind experience where strangers become best friends, running on less than 3 hours of sleep becomes the norm, and the option of showering post-run is non-existent. Like I said, nothing out there like it.


That awesome experience is why I was pumped when Ragnar Relay asked me to be a part of their Swagnar Relay blogger series.


12 bloggers. Two Weeks. A whole lotta’ swag to giveaway.

Each blogger was provided with a Ragnar-themed topic before the swagnar hand-off was given (mine’s coming from Tall Mom On the Run!) and I’m blogger #8 in the 12-blogger relay.

My topic? Running at night


One of the things that really impressed me when I participated in Ragnar was their attention to detail in safety. All 12 runners on our relay team had to show proof of possessing a reflective vest during on-site registration and that vest had to be worn during nighttime hours by all relay participants when they were outside the van whether they were running or not.


To be honest, I was a little confused why every runner had to wear the vests when they weren’t running, but just after nightfall it all began to make sense when we were stopping at un-lit streets in the middle of nowhere to offer van support to our runner. Without our vests on, no one would have seen us waiting for our runner and it could have turned deadly. In street clothes at night, you are only visible to drivers up to 200 feet, in dark conditions. Most reflective vests make it so runners become visible to drivers up to 1200+ feet.


On top of the reflective vests, our runners had to wear a headlamp on their front and a tail-light on their back during the night legs. Adding headlamps and flashing LED tail-lights provides increased visibility and safety.


Runner at 150′ sans night gear


Runner at 150′ with night gear


Quite a difference, right?

Of course, reflective vests, headlamps, and tail-lights aren’t out there just to increase visibility and safety for runners who run Ragnar Relay races, any runner who runs at night would benefit from the extra safety precautions. Motorist are not going to see runners on the road unless they make their presence known on the road. Those reflective pieces or additional lights might just be what save your life.

And, now for the run part.

Here’s my stash of the swag to giveaway.


The complete package to keep you running safely at night:

  • reflective vest
  • tail light
  • headlight

Here’s how you win

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Note participants must enter via Rafflecopter for a chance to win the night gear. You have until tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct 23rd) at 11:59pm to enter. A winner will be drawn on Wednesday Oct. 24th and contacted via email.

If you’re not a winner this time, be sure to check out Biran at, he’s on deck next!


We’re low on food supplies in the house, so I stopped at Publix on the way home this morning and picked up some pre-made chili from the deli.


I love Publix pre-made soups and chilis. They’re usually easy to reheat and always very flavorful, I’ve yet to be disappointed.


I added some fresh avocado and cheese to my chili to give it a little oomph.


Guess what? The invites were dropped in the mailbox today! I can’t tell you how excited I am to have that little milestone taken care of. 🙂

1 becca October 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I’ve always wanted a good headlamp and blinking light. 🙂 I run in the dark a lot right now because I run in the early morning.
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2 Heather October 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm

My husband is a night runner and wears no night gear. He absolutely needs this!

3 Natalie @ Free Range Human October 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm

You’re wedding is getting so close! That is a great giveaway! I’m not a runner, but I know my headlamp is so important to me when we’re out on the trail.
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4 Rachelle October 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I have been having to run outside when it is still dark out and I have a reflective vest, but for safety reasons I need to invest into more safety gear.

This would be perfect so that I can still keep up my running.

5 Sloane @ Life Food and Beer October 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Are you planning on doing the Ragnar Relay again next year? I think it would be so much fun!!
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6 Meghann October 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

Not Miami to Key West, but I will be doing Southern CA in April!

7 Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer October 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I’ve been looking for a good reflective vest for my night runs. Sometimes that is the only time I have to run sans jogging stroller!
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8 Annette @FitnessPerks October 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Yay for wedding invites in the mail!!

That is some sweet swag!
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9 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

LOVE this giveaway! I’ve been wanting to get a reflective vest for when I run early in the morning!
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10 Stacey @ Starpulp October 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I’ve run at night before, but will only do it when I’m not running alone!
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11 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats October 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I love avocado in chili. It adds a little creaminess. Every time I hear about ragnar I realize how much of a non-hardcore runner I am. That’s an intense race!
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12 Running Betty October 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

Ragnar is intense, but it is also an adventure! It’s a great way to combine running and socializing. You don’t have to be TOO hardcore, some people only run 11 miles total over the course of the race, broken into 3 legs. Ours teams usually combine new runners and elite runners, and it’s rare that a race can do that.
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13 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm

This headlight would not only be fabulous for morning and evening running, but also for early and nighttime biking!! I’m always worried when I’m out in the dark … there are streetlights, but they’re really not enough!
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14 Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife October 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

this run looks like a blast!
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15 Anne P October 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

Cool post! Reflective gear is SO key for relays.

Can’t wait to see those invites in person!! 🙂
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16 Becca October 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

IN IT TO WIN IT! tryin to get me some reflective gear for my 430am dark as hell runs! lets do this!
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17 Leslie October 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm

It get’s really dark here early in the evening and I wear a flashing safety light on my arm but feel like it’s still not enough. Thanks for offering the giveaway!!
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