Posted by: Joe English | February 21, 2008

Complete Ragnar del Sol Arizona relay coverage coming next week

For post-race coverage visit the following links:
Running the Ragnar Del Sol Relay with RxRunning1 (the complete story)

Selected photos from the Ragnar Del Sol Relay 2008

It’s relay time again! I love relays.

For runners in the Pacific Northwest, the Hood to Coast relay is one of the premiere events on the race calendar. And as readers of Running Advice and News you’ve probably read about it here — you may have even entered our Hood To Coast Relay contest that ended last week (winners to be announced shortly). But relays have been growing in popularity over the years and there are others out there besides their Grand-daddy here in Portland.

One such relay is the MyoMed Ragnar del Sol Relay in Arizona, which is coming up February 29th to March 1st 2008. Ragnar del Sol is part of a series of relays that includes the Wasatch Back Relay in Utah, Ragnar Relay Great River in Minnesota, Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage in Washington, and Ragnar Relays in Washington D.C., Austin and Florida.

The Ragnar del Sol offers runners a chance to experience rugged Arizona deserts — in hopefully cool winter weather — while running among Saguaro catcus and the beautiful red rocks of the southwest. The race travels 182 miles from a small town north-west of Phoenix called Wickenburg to the far east side of Phoenix, meandering along isolated desert roads, suburban communities and national forest lands.

Raganar del Sol is growing rapidly, doubling participation to 2,000 runners in its second year. The attraction is that the race provides more than a running a event, but a team environment that elevates the social aspect of the event. Tanner Bell, co-founder of the event, notes that “what it comes down to is teamwork, and for many, the very idea is irresistible.”

For the 2008 event, I’ll be traveling to Arizona and running alongside my pal Coach Dean Hebert to experience the race first hand. Next week, you’ll get a chance to read a lot more about this cool relay event with live coverage from the venue, photos and interviews with participants.

Until then, check out the MyoMed Ragnar del Sol Relay web-site at for more information.

Coach Joe English, Portland Oregon, USA
Running Advice and News


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