Ragnar race expanding

<span>Ragnar, known for staging 200-mile overnight relay events, is expanding its brand this year with the addition of a trail relay series, one of which is coming to a location in northern Utah. </span>

<span>This new series is emerging with a Ragnar partner, Salomon, a trail running outfitter.</span>

<span>“The idea has been dancing around at Ragnar for a couple of years now,” said the company co-founder, Tanner Bell. “It’s a concept that is different because it’s running on dirt trails.</span>

<span>“Instead of point-to-point like our road races, it’s actually three loops that start and end in a central location that we call Ragnar Village. There are eight people on a team and each person runs all three loops but they rotate through the loops.”</span>

<span>He said it takes from 18 to 20 hours which is a little less time than the Ragnar road relay.</span>

<span>The Ragnar website currently lists six of these trail relay events this year and four of them are now open for registration. </span>

<span>“One is near Zion National Park in April, another in West Virginia in June, at Tahoe in July with two others in southern California and Arizona, both in October. Right now we’re finalizing dates for one in northern Utah expected for the last half of the year.</span>

<span>“These are all dirt trail events at what we consider epic locations, intriguing places. For example, Zion Ponderosa Ranch in southern Utah is an incredible place.”</span>

<span>He calls these events basically a “camping relay”.</span>

<span>“Instead of people getting in their van and going from one point to another, they run their loop and get back to the Ragnar Village where we will have music and food and snacks and bonfires. It’s really going to be an enjoyable vibe at each village.”</span>

<span>Ragnar began when the company’s principals were in college.</span>

<span>“We had no idea we would end up having 15 road races and six trail races around the country but it has been a really incredible journey and we appreciate everyone’s support.”</span>

<span>Bell said there are about 1.5 million people running trails compared to 30 million running on the road.</span>

<span>“There is a huge gap there and we hope this will bring people to understand trail running and to get comfortable with it. We will be doing a lot of training runs on trails.”</span>

<span>Ragnar is named for a 9th century Norse king, a conqueror, wanderer, “…and all-around wild man” according to Bell.</span>

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