Marathons prove that you can train for an insanely long time, endure large amounts of pain, and that you are a general badass. It’ll also give you one heck of a reputation as someone who can “accomplish something.” But you don’t need to run a marathon to feel like you’ve accomplished some great feat. In fact, running a Ragnar Relay can be pretty rewarding itself, plus it’s a lot more fun, and you don’t have to train as hard (or as long).
In fact, anyone can run a Ragnar with just a little training and a sense of adventure. And it’s a fun goal to set to get yourself back in shape. Don’t think you can do it? Here are a few reasons anyone can run a Ragnar.
1. 11-minute mile average
The last time I checked, in order to run a Ragnar, a 12-perons team had to have an average of an 11-minute mile to qualify. That means the average mile times of you entire team are bundled together to see if you can finish the race on time. To begin with, most people at a slow jog can run an 11-minute mile, but add in the fact that you could have team members that run 7–9 minute miles, and you–personally–don’t have run anything under 12. You can practically walk a mile in 12 minutes.
2. All shapes and sizes run
In my experience, people of all ages, shapes, and sizes run Ragnar; you don’t have to be an Olympic athlete. In fact, I have a friend who is fond of saying, “If you can run 4 miles, you can run a Ragnar,” because most the legs aren’t much longer than that. And when you break them up over a 24-36 hour period it’s entirely doable.
Running a Ragnar isn’t like running a marathon; Ragnar is a team sport. At every exchange and hill, your team will be right there cheering you on and giving you support. You don’t have to do it alone, your whole team will be behind you on every leg.
4. You have to sit in a van
If you can run 4 miles, you may be able to run a Ragnar; but if you can sit for long periods of time, then you may have even more of an advantage. Although you’ll be doing some running, you’ll also spend a lot of your time in a van with 6 other teammates on a 24-hour roadtrip. If you can sit, you can Ragnar.
If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to get back in shape by doing something fun, Ragnar is your ticket. As long as you do some training beforehand–so you aren’t completely out of shape–running a Ragnar can be great for people of all sizes, shapes, and ages.