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Review of Ragnar Relay: Huntington Beach to San Diego by E. Greene

Posted by: on April, 23 2012

As you read previously, Ragnar SoCal is a race with either 12 or 6 team members leapfrogging each other a distance of 203.5 miles from Huntington Beach to Coronado. It was my first Ragnar experience and I love a new challenge so I was all for running at night, going on lack of sleep, and just having an adventure with friends. The volunteers were wonderful (each team must provide 3 of their own volunteers to help or spend $120 per volunteer that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) – either giving water, directing you into parking, holding up traffic and shouting out bib numbers to get you ready for your team member.
I do understand there were some issues with signs. We witnessed one blow over and watched as a runner righted it back up. At the Captain’s meeting, we were warned that sometimes it happens and sometimes residents who are not too happy with runners coming through their neighborhood at the wee hours of the morning (or kids with nothing better to do) may move the signs. I made sure I knew the legs I was running and wrote everything down on my arm. Some of my team members carried the maps.
With all the logistics that went into the race, it could have been a nightmare, but it ran super smoothly. Kudos to Ragnar for a job well done.