Westport A new road race will have competitors running into the night, through it and into the next day.
The Ragnar Relay Series will be holding its first Ragnar Relay Adirondacks Sept. 28-29, and is seeking volunteers to help staff several checkpoints between Saratoga and Lake Placid.
“We have about 40 different exchange points and water stations along the course,” Rita Fitzgerald, Volunteer Coordinator for Ragnar said. “These are staffed largely by volunteers, and we do have a need for more people to come and help work these locations and cheer on the teams. The areas where we are currently short include Bolton Landing, Silver Bay, Hague, Crown Point, Port Henry, Westport, Elizabethtown, and Au Sable Forks.”
Ragnar holds nationwide overnight running relay races that range from 180 to 200 miles, broken up into 36 transfer stations and taking at least 30 hours to complete. The group had been holding a May race in the New York City area, but wanted to move the race upstate.
“This new course will replace Ragnar Relay New York and showcases the beauty of the Adirondacks,” Fittzgerald said. “A fall race will give runners the opportunity to experience fall foliage in the Northeast.”
So far, Fitzgerald said that there are 254 registered teams for the competition.
“Most of these are our ‘regular’ 12-member teams, but we do have eight hard core ‘Ultra’ teams of six members,” she said. “Overall, we estimate at least 3,300 people coming through the Adirondacks for this event, with more to come in future years.”
The new relay starts at the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, skirts along the Hudson River, passes through the Lake George region, up the southern side of Lake Champlain and ends in Lake Placid.
“Each year we reassess our race courses to ensure we are bringing the best race to Ragnar participants,” Race Director Courtney Mitchell said. “We decided to change the course to take advantage of the Adirondack region with its brilliant foliage and tree lined streets.”
In the race, each team member runs three of the 36 legs, in consecutive order. A slap bracelet acts as the relay baton that runners hand off after their section of the course. This leapfrogging pattern continues to the finish where teams are greeted with a finish line party.
For additional information on the race, visit ragnarrelay.com/race/adirdonacks.
To find out more about volunteering at one of the transfer and/or water stations, contact Fitzgerald at (360) 708-8850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.