Ragnar, the largest series of overnight trail and road running relays in the United States has officially launched in Australia with events confirmed in Sydney and Brisbane.
Following years of extraordinary growth in the United States, Ragnar has spread its wings with races in the UK and Europe and now Australia, starting with Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley on October 27-28, 2018.
Tanner Bell, Co-Founder and President of Ragnar said, “ Ragnar’s namesake was a legendary hero of Norse Mythology. He was a larger-than-life explorer, adventurer and wildman. I can think of few cultures that embody these Ragnar virtues better than Aussies. We have scoured Australia to find the most fantastic trail courses in Australia and Glenworth Valley and Sirromet are the best of the best. I can’t wait to see the wild men and women of Australia as they conquer these courses. Move over Norse Mythology a new breed of adventurers is about to take on Ragnar.”
Ragnar events will be conducted in Australia and New Zealand under a license agreement between Utah-based Ragnar Events, LLC and Australian-based Ragnar Oceania Pty Ltd.
Ragnar Oceania Director and Co-Founder Trent Taylor said that Ragnar Trail relays will add a new dimension to the Australian running calendar.
“Summer camp for adults is a perfect description of Ragnar Trail events. The Ragnar brand is fun, the events are highly inclusive and offer something for everyone whether you are an elite trail runner or a running enthusiast looking for your next challenge. The team based nature of Ragnar makes it a highly social affair and many do it with a lot of flair, particularly some elaborate camp-site setups and choice of running apparel.”
The central Ragnar village is the epicenter of the Ragnar social experience where participants have the chance to grab some food, buy Ragnar gear, be entertained by on-stage performers, watch a movie, hang out around the fire, catch a quick nap, cheer for other runners, grab a drink, take part in contests and enjoy the whole Ragnar Trail experience.
“Our team has had the opportunity to attend Ragnar Trail events in the US and I can comfortably say that it is like nothing else on offer in Australia. The atmosphere is incredible, the campsite is sensational and the trail running is a great challenge. Anyone with an interest in running will get a great kick out of participating in our upcoming Ragnar Trail events,” said Taylor.
“We also can’t wait to introduce our Australian participants to s’mores, a delicious, gooey, chocolately staple around the campfire at Ragnar Trail village.”
Ragnar Trail events see teams of 8 (or teams of 4 for Ultra teams) conquer a 180 to 200-ish km course over two days and one night with friends and a community of runners by their side. Each participant in a team of 8 will complete three loops that add up to between 20 and 25km in total distance run, with each loop starting and finishing at the central Ragnar village. Participants camp on-site during the event.
Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley (October 27-28, 2018) is held at picturesque Glenworth Valley, located on 3000 lush acres just one hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD. The central race village and campsite in the heart of Glenworth Valley is the gateway to three separate Ragnar trail loops with a 6km, 8km, and 11km loop offering great variety, challenge and incredible scenery. Registration for Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley will open in the coming weeks.
Ragnar Trail Sirromet (April 27-28, 2019) is held at the stunning Sirromet Winery, located just 30 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. A renowned event venue, participants will enjoy world-class facilities while experiencing the challenge of 180ish kilometres of trail loops that take in the vineyards and undulating running trails across this impressive property. Registration for Ragnar Trail Sirromet will open mid-2018.
Ragnar Trail Glenworth Website >> https://run.ragnarrelay.
Ragnar Relay International Website >> https://www.runragnar.com/
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Ragnar Oceania Twitter >> twitter.com/ragnaraustralia