5 Tips for Racing a Ragnar Trail Relay.
*Disclaimer: I have been provided with a free entry to run with Team Sweat Pink at Ragnar Trail Race Los Coyotes November 9-10 and have been sent items by partnering sponsors as a part of my participation.
In November I will be joining Team SweatPink at the Ragnar Trail Los Coyotes Race in California. I have never done a trail Ragnar but have run many Relay Races and many trail races. I am looking forward to blending two of my favorite types of racing into one awesome race adventure.
Here are some tips that will hopefully help me and anyone else running a Trail Ragnar Relay to get through with a smile!
- Use a headlamp.
Not only will you be hitting the trails but you will be heading out at night. A headlamp is key for seeing the trail and all of the obstacles that may await you underfoot. Some of the most fun to be had is during the night legs! Just beware of what’s underfoot and who’s ahead of you.
- Wear shoes with a good tread. I have tried out many different versions of trail shoes. I always look for a rugged tread that can be helpful on slippery and smooth parts of the trail. A rugged tread on your sole can prevent slips and falls but you still need to pay close attention to footing.
- Bring lots of food to refuel.
The Ragnar is broken into 3 different legs run at different times after the relay hand off. After running each section you will need to refuel in preparation for your next leg. What I like to refuel with is a mix of “real food” and energy gels (usually taken during the run). For food I like to eat things such as Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, beef jerky (current favorite is Country Archer), bananas, and bagels with cream cheese and nutella.
- Know the terrain and elevation.
Every trail race is different. Sometimes the terrain can be very rooty, other times very rocky, and sometimes smooth, beautiful single track. It is important to know ahead of time what type of footing to be prepared for as well as the elevation so be sure to check out elevation guides ahead of time.
- Bring a sense of humor. Since these relays run through the night it is important to bring your sense of humor because this will make the adventure of running a Trail Ragnar way more fun.
I cannot wait for this adventure with Team SweatPink! Follow along with our adventures on Instagram, November 9-10!
- Jenny, @runnylegs
- Sean, @ultrarunnersd
- Kristina, @OCrunningmama
- Jared, @jaredsblank
- Debbie, @coachdebbieruns
- Sandra, @organicrunnermom
- Jenn, @Jenn13.1
- And me @jamiekingfit
What tips do you have for running a Trail Relay Race or a Relay Race? Have you ever run a Trail Ragnar? Which one?