The Ragnar Relay Del Sol is a 200-mile 12-teammate, overnight relay race from Wickenburg, northwest of Phoenix, to Tempe, Arizona running February 25 and 26, 2011. Your team will consist of 12 friends (or six members for ultra teams) who will run around the clock in this early spring relay through the beautiful Arizona Desert. Teams will rock out to live bands, enjoy wacky participant costumes, and make life-long friends with teammates and competitors.
While this 200-miler only lasts about 24 to 30 hours, the memories and inside jokes may last forever. During the relay, each team member runs three legs (or six for ultra teams), each leg ranging between 3 and 8 miles and varying in difficulty. From elite runners to novice joggers, it's perfect for anyone looking for an unforgettable relay adventure.
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The Ragnar Relay Del Sol has been a tremendous success since its inaugural year. It follows the sold-out Ragnar Relay Florida Keys (January 7 - 8), and it is one of the top overnight relays in the USA, one of 15 Ragnar Relays now running in every region of the USA. http://www.ragnarrelay.com/
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The Ragnar Relay Del Sol is part of the Ragnar Relay Series, the largest relay series in the country. The Ragnar Relay Del Sol is second on the 2011 calendar, rockin' out on a phenomenally beautiful Sonoran Desert tour.
The course is divided into 36 legs with designated exchange zones at the end of each leg. There are two main categories for teams to choose from: regular 12-person teams (7 to 12 persons) or ultra teams consisting of 6-runners.
The Ragnar Relay Series also includes the highly successful Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay in Utah (the original Ragnar Relay), which runs 178 miles along the unbelievably beautiful Wasatch Mountains June 17-18, which regularly sells out. Others include the Ragnar Relay Southern California, running April 15 and 16; Ragnar Northwest Passage Relay, July 22-23, with an outstanding 189 miles in the paradise that is the Pacific Northwest Coast. And the Ragnar Great River Relay, August 19-20, runs in Wisconsin and Minnesota for 198 miles along the majestic Mississippi River.
The planning and attention to detail regarding route, safety, and rules that have gone into the relay, such as the extensive instruction book and choice of transfer venues, will be a tremendous asset when teams hit the road. They have planned well for you.
Teams will likely enjoy very comfortable running weather, a spectacular sunset, and phenomenal sun rise. Somehow out on the road these experiences are enhanced by the effort and by the camaraderie. The average high temperature in Wickenburg is 72 on February 25, with an average low of 37, and a mean of 55. Tempe, in the valley, is a bit warmer, with an average high of 74, low 45, and mean of 59. The sun will set at 6:27 p.m. and rise at 6:57 a.m.