Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage 2011 Recap

Hands down, last weekend rocked! It was unlike anything I’ve experienced before! I have hundreds of pictures and thousands of details I want to share with you! But first, if you don’t know what Ragnar Relay is, check out this post.

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Thursday Night

4 car rides.
1 ferry ride.
2 wrong turns.
1 pit stop.
3 glasses of wine.
1 huge plate of spaghetti.
1 plunger turned hat.
5 hours of sleep.

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Friday Morning

5am wakeup call.
1 PBJ.
1.5 hour drive.
1 huge orange arch.
287 Team Number.
12 11 runners.
2 vans.
300+ teams.
100+ ridiculous costumes.
1 award for our “Double O’s” theme. {James Bond}

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The Beginning

9:15am.
6 legs.
5 runners.
5.4 miles for me.
56 minutes running straight into the wind.
1 roadkill.
1 sidewalk chalk message.
4 awesome cheerleaders.
2 horns acquired.
1 van decorated.

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Break One

1 beer.
2 fish tacos.
0 showers.
10 minute cat nap in the sun.

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The Middle

7:30pm.
6 legs.
5 runners.
4.1 miles for me.
42 minutes of twists and turns at dusk.
1 scary underpass.
3 roadkills.
1 sexy reflective vest and headlamp.

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Break Two

1 larabar.
2 girls in van.
3 boys in sleeping bags outside.
2 hours of “sleep”.

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The End

4:00am.
1 PBJ.
6 legs.
5 runners.
2.9 miles for me.
34 minutes of uphill.
1 roadkill.

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The Final Exchange

9:30am.
1 hot shower.
1 mimosa.
1 huge breakfast.
1 beer run.
4 awesome vanmates.
1 Van #2 runner sighting.

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The Finish Line

11 happy runners, reunited.
11 plastic martini glasses.
11 awesome medals.
2 crappy beers.
1 ridiculous husband Goldfinger.
1 sunburned wife Dr. Christmas Jones.
104 total roadkills for Van #1.

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Heading Home

2 ferry rides.
5 car rides.
1 bout of laughing until you cry.
1 handle of stout.
1 Milky Way Dark.
1 Dairy Queen Run.
1 pizza to go.
3 new friends (at least).

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Totals

197 miles – Blaine to Whidbey Island.
27:45:17 time running.
8:54 team pace.
12.4 personal miles in 2:12.
1 phenomenal experience.

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5 Responses

  1. Sounds like alot of good food and drinks in your van! So much fun. Great job on your legs. i can’t belive we never got to hook up.

  2. That’s so cool! I love the recap and the photos.

    You know what Hood to Coast was missing? BEER!!!!!

  3. This was an awesome recap and I am beyond impressed by your time! And that’s great that you made new friends…I love that feeling!

  4. I’m doing the Ragnar Northwest passage this year, any advice???

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