This is my third year running Ragnar and each year it’s awesome. I was on team Soul Mates! A mixed team with some members of my Spokane to Sand Point team. In van 1 me, my friend Amy, S2S runner Diane, Gani and Suresh runners from the Bellevue Running Club and Mike a friend of Amy’s. In Van 2 Scott M and Sophie from S2S, Corine, Alison, Scott K and Matt. This was my first year not on an Ultra team. Van 1 and 2 have very little interaction, it really feels like 2 separate teams.
We had an 8 am start which was perfect. We left Renton at 4:30 and arrived in Blaine, after a Starbucks stop, about 7. Gani was first up and was super excited.
I was runner 5. My first run was at 12:20 and it was super hot already, about 75 and full sun. 5.8 miles at a 9:50 pace.
After handing off to Van 2 in Bellingham we had a great lunch at Aslan Brewery.
My second run was my favorite. It was at 9:08 pm. It was 8.25 flat miles along farm land with the sun setting on the Cascade mountains and it was beautiful! 9:32 pace, it had cooled down to about 65.
After these legs we went to Oak Harbor High School and got a few hours of sleep before our final legs.
My last leg was the shortest, but already 65 and sunny at 8:30 am. 4.5 miles at 10:09 pace. That is what heat, hills and sleep deprivation does.
After our last legs we went to Useless Bay Coffee Company for a great lunch. Mike did a great job of picking the restaurants. Then it was on to the finish line to wait for Van 2.
I loved eating real food in a restaurant and getting sleep. But I missed the challenge of the Ultra team. Once again Ragnar does everything very well. We had no issues. Thank you to the amazing volunteers along the course, especially the volunteers at Coopville High School. Thank you to the other teams, who make this the blast that it is. This is my favorite 2 days of the year, until you run one you have no idea how much fun a sweaty, slightly smelly, sleep deprived group of people can be.
And I get to do it all over again in month at Hood to Coast! Can’t wait!
Thank you Suresh for the awesome pictures!