We finally had a quick team meeting and decided to run the Adirondacks Ragnar Relay – and to do it with 6 people! We have a team of 5 so far and are deciding on our 6th. This means we will all be running between 28 and 36 miles in 24 hours come the middle of September.
Also, it means finding a member for the team that fits in with the group. That is probably going to be the toughest part. Believe it or not, finding someone to run 30-ish miles with really isn’t going to be that difficult, but finding a person that will get along with us and have a good time might be tough. We’re going to give it some more thought while we start training and see if we can come up with a good fit.
As with most running groups we have our own “personality” and tend to lean towards a love of good food, beer, and dirty jokes. Which is great for us but could be an awkward fit for the wrong person.
Ok, on to the planning. We’ve decided that the best way to run the Ragnar as an Ultra team is to divide up the major responsibilities between the members – much easier with 5 or 6 people as opposed to 12 people (the “standard” Ragnar relay size). Here is what we have so far:
- Accommodations – everyone wants a bed and shower after this race!
- Van rental – a family van worked for the last Ragnar, but with 6 people and a dedicated driver or two we want to get a larger passenger van. Also, we need to find out how the insurance will work with possible multiple drivers.
- Team shirts
- Sponsorship – that’s right! (want to help us? please?!?)
- Registration, safety equipment, etc
We think that those categories will cover us fairly well; everyone has their own likes and needs for food and drinks – we usually get together after races and go crazy anyways, so really it comes down to just making sure we each have what we need during the race.