Ragnar Trail Cottage Country (Race Review)
The inaugural Ragnar Trail Cottage Country event was held at Hardwood Ski & Bike from Friday, September 9 to Saturday, September 10, 2017. Teams of 8 runners ran a total of 192 km in this fun, 2-day relay race that involved trail running day and night, camping, and a whole lot of team spirit! Check out Diana’s review of the event here:
Music credit: Dancing on Green Grass by The Green Orbs.
In addition to Diana’s review, here’s what some of her team members loved about the event:
Jessica: I enjoyed that each leg was a different route that everyone got to experience. It was great chatting with my teammates about what to expect from each leg. What was really neat about the three loops is they all joined together in the last kilometer, and you'd see runners from other loops join in with you. It also really lets you get familiar with the home stretch so you could end off each leg with a strong finish, and being an easy downhill, you could really open up the legs and fly. I'm quite familiar running trails in the dark but this was my first time running them without a group. It felt a bit isolating at first but then you quickly notice you're surrounded by headlamps as you see lights from runners all over the course through the trees, it was pretty magical.
Lisa: Loved the 'city centre' complete with movies and a giant fire pit. My favourite part was running at night and seeing all the headlamps across the trail and of course finishing through rows of tiki torches- mystical! Such a well-organized event with super helpful individuals from registration and throughout the event.
Lindsay: I really enjoyed the smooth check-in process, the well laid out camping area and village, and the safety video was very helpful way to start the day. The atmosphere stayed alive through the whole event, even overnight which was a great way to stay motivated. As someone who regularly competes in Ironman events, this was a great intro to the world of trail running - broke it down into little blocks that added up to a big distance by the end of 24 hours! Mid-day yoga was a refreshing way to keep active between run legs.
Deanna: I thought the event was very well-organized and overall a lot of fun! From a volunteering perspective, the expectations were made very clear and the environment was fun and exciting, even for those who weren't racing. While I was volunteering at this one, it is something I would love to try out in the future (especially with a team as awesome as this one).
Interested in getting on the wait list for 2018? Visit https://www.runragnar.com/event-detail/trail/cottagecountry