You’ve been hearing about RAGNAR Relay in our blog, in our eNewsletter, an on the airwaves. The deadline for team registrations is coming up on September 17th. If you’re not a runner, there are some pretty amazing teams for you to cheer on along the course… and hey! There’s always next year to get ready for!
This week’s guestblog is from Elise Timothy with Ragnar Relay.
There is nothing like a crisp, fall day in the South with the autumn leaves changing colors. Except maybe running 200-ish miles, both day and night, with 11 people who are just as adventurous as you are.
Ragnar Relay Tennessee begins in Chattanooga and heads northwest, where you will hug the Tennessee River and traverse the rolling hills of southern Tennessee, sprinkled with changing foliage. During the tranquility of your night run, you will gaze at the stars and race the sunrise that many a country star have crooned about. The race (and your stamina) will wrap up, when you honky tonk your way to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.
Need more reasons to find your inner wild and accept the challenge to become a Ragnarian? Here are a few:
Ragnar is proud to work with this year’s official charity partner, Soles4Souls, a not for profit global social enterprise dedicated to Wearing Out Poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing here in the United States and in 127 countries around the globe. They have the state-wide goal to collect 10,000 shoes by race weekend (October 23-24th).
During Lightning 100’s Team Green Adventures RAGNAR Soles Sweepstakes, local Nashville businesses hosted shoe donations while their patrons vied for a chance to win their own free Team Entry. All together 260 shoes were collected in 3 weeks. It was a nice little dent, but more can be done! Locations like Climb Nashville West, Cumberland Transit (East & West), and REI Brentwood are still participating as drop off locations for used shoes (any type, style, size, or condition welcome… including climbing shoes, pumps, running shoes, and slippers!). Shoes can also be dropped off along the race course and at the finish line on October 24th at Walk of Fame Park.
The EPA estimates that of the 68 pounds of textiles disposed of per person per year, only 15% gets donated/recycled. Soles4Souls has made it their mission to change that.
RUNNING FOR A CAUSE
Celebrity Nashvillian, Thad Beaty, formerly with Sugarland, is going to play a big ‘ole guitar version of the anthem at the start line in Coolidge Park. This will take place at sunrise so come down early. Thad is running Tennessee as his first Ragnar this year to raise money for this great organization.
Amputee Blade Runners:
Look for this inspiring group of athletes along the course. They are raising money to provide running prosthetics for amputees.
St Jude Children’s Hospital:
Look for this dedicated team along the course as they raise money for the renowned research hospital. Who doesn’t love St Jude?
Operation Give Back:
This group is coming back for more Ragnar and look forward to tackling the Tennessee course.
Ragnar Relay Tennessee teams are just the nicest bunch of Ragnarians. We get all warm and fuzzy thinking about how they cheer and provide encouragement to all runners along the course. Local businesses are also welcoming. Mountain Outfitters is a great place to shop, with the owners offering up Ragnar-only discounts near our Exchange 10.
You can’t run Ragnar Relay Tennessee without seeing at least one banjo player or a team paying homage to Elvis, Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson as they deck out their van, don wigs and costumes. Runners finish under the Ragnar arch in Nashville at the Walk of Fame Park. Just steps away from our finish line party, Ragnarians have their pick of Honky Tonks for a night on the town. You never know you might see.
Learn more about Ragnar Relay Tennessee HERE to find out how you can register a team, sign up as an event volunteer, donated shoes to Soles4Souls, or set up camp along the course and cheer on hundreds of runners… running hundreds of miles!