2009 Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back

I love how the race medal doubles as a bottle opener!

Date: June 19-20, 2009

Time: 30-ish hours total

Logan, UT to Park City, UT
188 miles
12 members on a team each running three legs (3 to 8 miles each)
2 vans

I ran the race last year for the first time with a group of (mostly) co-workers. Had no idea what to expect. Guess I liked it enough to try it again this year.

As luck would have it, the three people who first signed up to join me for the ordeal ended up having to give up their spots (two to injury and one to serious dental ailments & the need for surgery). The week leading up to the race was pretty hectic since my job was to organize the team and make sure everyone was signed up.

We certainly missed our original team members but were lucky enough to find great replacements too. Our team was called “We’re WRAD!” (Stands for “Westminster Runners from All Departments). Well, almost all departments. We had Westminster students, faculty, staff, and two “friends of Westminster” thrown in for good measure. Most of us had been in training for weeks and even months in preparation for the race; others just found themselves thrown into this at the last-minute and still made us proud.

We began the race in Logan (about 1.5 hours north of SLC) at 7:40 a.m. To allow for check in, that meant that van #1 had to leave SLC at 5:15 a.m. Van #2 had the luxury of sleeping in a bit, but they also were the ones who had to run one of their legs in the middle of the night.

I had some of the more easy legs and ran my portions at about 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Friday and at about 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Our whole team got to run the last few hundred feet of the race together and finished at about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Weather was beautiful on Friday and good on Saturday morning. After that, it rained (like it has been doing all spring)–mostly affecting van #2. (Sorry, guys). Some appreciated that, though, since last year was pretty hot.

The whole race was incredibly organized despite having 650 teams and about 2000 volunteers to manage. This year they sold out and I’m sure they will continue to do so now from here on out.

The only negative or challenging thing about the race is the serious lack of sleep. In fact, the race slogan is: “run, drive, sleep?, repeat.” So true.

The best things are: driving and running through some incredible scenery (four mountain passes), challenging yourself a bit, meeting new people, and getting to spend some quality time with co-workers and acquaintances who become great friends in the process of spending the weekend together in a crowded, sweaty van.

Will I do this race again next year?! I certainly hope so! There are also other Ragnar relays out there…Hmmmmmmmmmm.


I didn’t get the chance to run this race in 2010. I’ll tell you more about that later.


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