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Florida Keys Ragnar Relay

January 6-7, 2012

If island hopping in January sounds like fun, then join us for the Florida Keys Ragnar Relay! We’ll pack 2 vans full of fun-loving runners of ALL ability levels to make our way 200 miles relay-style from the shores of Key Biscayne, through Miami, all the way down to the southernmost point in the continental United States.

How fast of a runner do I need to be?

Ideally, you should at least be able to complete 5 miles in less than an hour. If you’re close but not quite there, don’t sweat it. Coach Brian will develop a custom plan that will have you ready in time for the relay. Our teams flawlessly mix runners who can maintain a 12-minute mile pace with those who are twice as fast – as well as all levels in between. Each runner typically sets his or her own goals for each leg of the relay, and the rest of us cheer them on. The Relay itself provides a wide variety of leg difficulties to suit novice and experienced runners alike.

We’re far more interested in winning the awards for team spirit than we are in completing the relay in the shortest amount of time. We just hope everyone will give their best – whatever that is. We’re pretty laid back.

We are serious about getting from exchange to exchange in time to greet our runners, though. We don’t want somebody to kill a leg of the race only to be greeted by an empty exchange zone because they beat the van there. That’s not cool!

What details do I need to know in advance?

We’ve taken care of everything! Your registration fee for our team covers: your share of the team entry fee into the relay, van rental, gas, required safety gear (vests, headlamps, butt lights, etc), required volunteers for the course and custom shirts showing our team spirit.

You can also choose to stay with the team in a hotel in Miami Thursday night before the race, or in Key West Saturday night following the race. We’ll definitely be holding a team celebration at the end of the relay!

Our Florida Keys Ragnar Relay team is now full. We’ll be relaying in other cities all year, though. Join us for a different adventure in 2012. Check back in a few weeks for our team bio.

 

More questions? We’ve got answers!

When and where is the relay?

Friday, January 6th, 2012 – Saturday January 7th, 2012.
Start Line: Virginia Key Beach Park – Miami, FL
Finish Line:
Southernmost Hotel – Key West, FL

The team will stay overnight in Miami, FL, on Thursday, January 5th, then drive to the start Friday morning.

The team will stay overnight in Key West on Saturday, January 7th to celebrate our accomplishment.

How fast of a runner do I need to be?

(This is worth repeating because everyone asks us this question.)

Ideally, you should at least be able to complete 5 miles in less than an hour. If you’re close but not quite there, don’t sweat it. Coach Brian will develop a custom plan that will have you ready in time for the relay. Our teams flawlessly mix runners who can maintain a 12-minute mile pace with those who are twice as fast – as well as all levels in between. Each runner typically sets his or her own goals for each leg of the relay, and the rest of us cheer them on. The Relay itself provides a wide variety of leg difficulties to suit novice and experienced runners alike.

We’re far more interested in winning the awards for team spirit than we are in completing the relay in the shortest amount of time. We just hope everyone will give their best – whatever that is. We’re pretty laid back.

We are serious about getting from exchange to exchange in time to greet our runners, though. We don’t want somebody to kill a leg of the race only to be greeted by an empty exchange zone because they beat the van there. That’s not cool!

What am I paying for?

  • Entry Fee – There is a single entry fee for the team which is divided among the 12 runners on the team
  • Van Rental – Rental of two 12-passenger vans (our mobile homes for the relay)
  • Gas – Sadly,12-passenger vans don’t get the best gas mileage!
  • Required Safety Equipment – We’ll provide the safety vests, headlamps and butt lights required by the Ragnar Relay Series for each team. You’re welcome to bring your own, but it won’t save you any money.
  • Volunteers – The Ragnar Relay Series requires that each team provide 3 volunteers for the course during the relay. In order to simplify things, we’re going to pay to have those volunteers recruited for us. The proceeds go to a local charity.
  • Shirts – We’ll have matching shirts for the whole team so we look and feel as awesome as we are!

What’s with the lodging?

We’d love to have the team together Thursday and Saturday night, but we understand that some of you might live in the area. In that case, you’d probably like to save some money by staying at home or with friends and family on one or more of those nights. That’s why the lodging is optional.

Currently, there is availability at the Miami Airport Springhill Suites (queen beds) on Thursday night and the Westin Key West Resort and Marina (queen beds) on Saturday night. We plan on staying at those hotels, assuming rooms are still available once the team is assembled. The optional lodging rates reflect the cost for a shared room, but everyone will have their own bed.

If you are traveling with a spouse, or someone else you don’t mind sharing a bed with, then only one of you needs to register for lodging. The other can register with the “no lodging” option. Just let us know who’s sharing beds when you reply to our confirmation email.

How will I meet up with the team?

Team vans will be departing the Ft. Lauderdale airport for the Springhill Suites in Miami on Thursday evening and returning to the Ft. Lauderdale airport Sunday afternoon. If you’re flying from out of town, we recommend you using the Ft. Lauderdale airport or the Miami airport. You can meet us at the airport and we’ll transport you to the hotel, or we can pick you up/drop you off at the Miami airport. Otherwise, we suggest you meet up with the team at the Springhill Suites Thursday evening or early Friday morning.

What if I get injured and can’t participate?

Unfortunately, we cannot refund your registration in the event you are unable to participate in the relay. While this may seem a bit harsh, we need to pay to register the team, reserve vans and more long before the weekend of the relay. We may not be able to replace you.

What’s this whole thing going to be like?

If you’ve never experienced an overnight cross country relay, we suggest you read this overview of our experience at the 2011 Florida Keys Ragnar Relay written by Coach Brian.

Here’s what one of our 2011 Florida Keys Team Member had to say:

Daphne testimonial

Daphne M., FL

“Our team could not have done it without you. From the team coordination and scheduling to the driving, coaching, laughs & hugs… it was an experience of a lifetime and I am so thankful to have been on a team with you. Thanks for all the hard work you put into getting the team to the start line and back home. I know the hours it takes to pull off something like this… so thank you. I hope our paths cross soon and that there are more adventures together in the future! Thanks so much!”


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Have a grand adventure with new friends that you’ll never forget! And despite the exhaustion, hunger, sweat and tears – you’ll leave wishing it weren’t over!

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