The Ragnar Trail Relay is coming to Atlanta, April 4-5, 2014, when the weather outside is most frightful. Maybe cold, possibly warm, likely wet, slight chance of dryness, normally humid (even in the dawning days of Spring), but always unpredictable. Despite repeated protests and picketing, no state officials plan to put that string of words on any Welcome to Atlanta sign or guidebook. So, consider this your "insider" warning.
Still, most avid trail runners live for this kind of unpredictability. It is the nature of trail running, so to speak. Ready for any terrain, any weather, any challenge.
The Georgia International Horse Park will be hosting the 2014 overnight relay. Located in Conyers, Georgia, just a short drive from the Atlanta city limits, the GIHP is home to many trail races throughout the year. The Ragnar Trail Relay is probably the most ambitious of all of them. Here is how it works:
- Relay teams consist of either 4 or 8 runners
- The course is 120 miles long, lasting approximately 22 hours
- Start times are staggered between 10am and 7pm on Friday (April 4)
- Teams will finish between 9am and 4pm on Saturday (April 5)
- On an 8 person team, each runner completes approximately 5 miles before handing off to the next runner, so each team member completes 15 miles of the course
- Double all distances for a 4 person team
- When not running, party it up and cheer on your team in the Ragnar Village
Feeling up to the challenge? Choose your team and register here for the 2014 Ragnar Trail Atlanta.