2020 is Your Year to Run Ragnar!
(Here’s What You Need to Know. It’s Going to be Amazing!)

MRG has taken part in several Ragnar Relays over the past couple of years—three Ragnar Road Michigan events and last summer’s inaugural Ragnar Trail Michigan. These two-day races are so much more than running events. They’re opportunities to enjoy some seriously fun times with friends, whether in a van or in a tent depending upon the race, and be among like-minded people who are all about celebrating one another and their milestones. It’s an event like no other!

If you’re already signed up for one (or both!) of Michigan’s Ragnar events this year, you may be wondering about what to expect. Read on for a few tips and inspiration. (And if you haven’t yet signed up, keep reading for an AMAZING discount code for your team. Team MRG hopes to see you there!)

Team MRG at Ragnar Road Michigan

How many, and what, clothes to pack?! 

Think layers, and also prepare for all kinds of weather (rain, cold, heat, wind). We like packing complete running outfits in individual Zip-Loc bags—3 for each of your running legs—and then you have a handy spot for sweaty clothing after you finish. More packing tips here from MRG.

Other items to pack? 

Don’t forget your headlamp, reflective vest, taillight, sunscreen, and body wipes. We’ve also brought a foam roller with us, which has come in handy. Here’s what to pack for the trail relay, and also for the road relay.

Wait, we run at night? Do I have to run alone?

Nope, use the buddy pass!

Let’s talk food—best camping/van snacks/food to eat during the race. 

Here’s what Team MRG recommends!

Team shirts – required? No. fun? Definitely. 

Each year, we’ve had a different color Team MRG long-sleeve shirt and we wear them on the final day, when we’re crossing the finish line together. Perfect for post-race photos, too!

Team MRG at the inaugural Reebok Ragnar Michigan. The race starts in Muskegon and finishes in Traverse City.

How to stay organized as a team.

Two things that have helped us: a captain who is uber organized (Yay, Pam!) and also getting together pre-race for dinner and drinks (this can be hard if teammates live in different cities, but if you can swing some kind of pre-Ragnar gathering, it’s helpful!) 

OK, I want to do this. How do I recruit my team??

All the details here.

If you haven’t yet signed up for Ragnar Michigan Trail this June 27-28 or Ragnar Road Michigan on Sept. 25-26, be sure to use the special Michigan Runner Girl Code, MRG100, to receive $100 off your team’s registration price. This is good for both Ragnar Trail Michigan this summer and Ragnar Road Michigan in September.

Coming Soon! 

MRG sits down with Ragnar Relay Co-Founder Tanner Bell on the Michigan Runner Girl Podcast. Hear how he and his college roommate started Ragnar in 2004, what it took to grow it to where it is today—more than 40 events in the U.S. and now in cities around the world! Stay tuned to the MRG Facebook page and MRG website to listen to this upcoming episode. 

Get your discount code here!

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