In the depth of the night, along a lonely dirt trail on Oahu’s North Shore, a runner slogs on. One foot in front of the other, his cadence is slow but deliberate. The dim of his headlamp meekly illuminates his path forward. For the next few hours, the runner will make his way through the bush, clocking in one mile after another. And when he’s done, depleted of energy and soaked in sweat, he will make his way back to a rally point where a teammate will take over and continue the race in the dead of the night. This is the Ragnar Relay, a race unlike anything else in the world and it’s coming to the North Shore and Turtle Bay this spring, on April 21 and 22.
Here’s how the organizers of the event describe their infamously fun-yet-challenging trail relay run: “Your Ragnar experience is as competitive as you make it. Rally your team and battle the other teams in your division for the top ranking, or simply make it your goal to cross the finish line together! Ragnar is about coming together and accomplishing something we could never do alone. From an elite runner to the generally active individual, Ragnar is the perfect race for anyone”
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For their North Shore Trail Relays, teams of 8 run relay-style on three different single track loops that start and finish at Ragnar Village. Teams run day and night until each member has completed all three trail loops.
The event, which spans two days, goes something like this: “Runner 1 runs the Green Loop (hard), then Runner 2 runs the Yellow Loop (harder), Runner 3 runs the Red Loop (really freakin' hard), Runner 4 runs the Green Loop, and so on until every runner has completed the three loops. The total mileage for each runner is close to a half marathon.”
When you’re not sloggin’ through a trail, participants are able to kick back camp-style at Ragnar Village and bond with their fellow runners in one of the most serene environments in the country. S’mores, hammocks, and good times abound and memories are created that will last a life time.
Sound like a challenge you can dig your feet into? Register for the race now and you’ll have a story you can tell for decades to come.