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Ragnar, the largest series of overnight trail and road running relays in the United States has officially launched in Australia with events confirmed in Sydney and Brisbane.

Following years of extraordinary growth in the United States, Ragnar has spread its wings with races in the UK and Europe and now Australia, starting with Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley on October 27-28, 2018.

Tanner Bell, Co-Founder and President of Ragnar said, “Ragnar’s namesake was a legendary hero of Norse Mythology. He was a larger-than-life explorer, adventurer and wildman. I can think of few cultures that embody these Ragnar virtues better than Aussies. We have scoured Australia to find the most fantastic trail courses in Australia and Glenworth Valley and Sirromet are the best of the best. I can’t wait to see the wild men and women of Australia as they conquer these courses. Move over Norse Mythology a new breed of adventurers is about to take on Ragnar.”

Ragnar Oceania Director and Co-Founder Trent Taylor said that Ragnar Trail relays will add a new dimension to the Australian running calendar.

“Summer camp for adults is a perfect description of Ragnar Trail events. The Ragnar brand is fun, the events are highly inclusive and offer something for everyone whether you are an elite trail runner or a running enthusiast looking for your next challenge. The teams based nature of Ragnar makes it a highly social affair and many do it with lot of flair, particularly some elaborate camp-site set ups and choice of running apparel.”

The central Ragnar village is the epicenter of the Ragnar social experience where participants have the chance to grab some food, buy Ragnar gear, be entertained by on-stage performers, watch a movie, hang out around the fire, catch a quick nap, cheer for other runners, grab a drink, take part in contests and enjoy the whole Ragnar Trail experience.

“We also can’t wait to introduce our Australian participants to s’mores, a delicious, gooey, chocolately staple around the campfire at Ragnar Trail village,” said Taylor.

Ragnar Trail events see teams of 8 (or teams of 4 for Ultra teams) conquer a 180 to 200-ish km course over two days and one night with friends and a community of runners by their side. Each participant in a team of 8 will complete three loops that add up to between 20 and 25km in total distance run, with each loop starting and finishing at the central Ragnar village. Participants camp on-site during the event.

Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley (October 27-28, 2018) is held at picturesque Glenworth Valley, located on 3000 lush acres just one hour’s drive from the Sydney CBD. The central race village and campsite in the heart of Glenworth Valley is the gateway to three separate Ragnar trail loops with a 6km, 8km, and 11km loop offering great variety, challenge and incredible scenery.

Register for Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley Now >>

Ragnar Trail Sirromet (April 27-28, 2019) is held at the stunning Sirromet Winery, located just 30 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. A renowned event venue, participants will enjoy world-class facilities while experiencing the challenge of 180ish kilometres of trail loops that take in the vineyards and undulating running trails across this impressive property. Registration for Ragnar Trail Sirromet will open mid-2018.


It’s a relay Race

Replace batons with a high five or a sweaty chest bump, and this relay works just like the one you ran in school with your three best friends or three classmates who you were forced to team up with. Ragnar Trail relays are the same concept. Runner one will run, then handoff to runner two, who will handoff to runner three until everyone on your team has run… three times.

It’s all on Trails

Think of the rock skipping you did as a kid, but on steroids. Ragnar Trail Relays take place on single track trails, wide dirt paths and everything in between. It’s a fun mix of running and hiking in some of the most breathtaking parts of the country.

You’ll Run Three Loops, But Not All Once

Your kilometres will add up, anywhere from 20 to 25km (double that on an ultra-team). But, you don’t run that distance all at once. You’ll run one loop, hand off to your teammate, relax for a few hours, then run again. All your teammates will run the same three loops, so you can compare notes after. The three loops are green (hard), yellow (harder) and red (really freakin’ hard). Runner 1 will start by running the green loop, Runner 2 will run the yellow, Runner 3 will run the red, then Runner 4 will start the order again by running green until everyone has completed all three loops.

It’s an Overnight Relay, Which Means You’ll Run in the Dark

Ragnar Trail Relays in Australia begin Saturday morning and end sometime Sunday. And yes, you and your teammates will keep running through the night (teams typically take anywhere from 22 to 36 hours). As the sun sets on Saturday night, runners turn on their headlamps and set off into the dark. And, it’s one of the best parts of the race. You’ll see other runners out on the trail, you’ll overcome your fear of the dark and you’ll fall in love with night running. Then, you’ll head back to the Ragnar Village for a short nap before your next run.

The Party is in Ragnar Village

Yes, this is a running race. But, you won’t be running the whole time. You’ll spend plenty of your time in the Ragnar Village. The Ragnar Village has everything from your team campsite to partner tents to the bonfire and s’mores. While your seven teammates are running, you’ll have the chance to grab some food, buy Ragnar gear, watch a movie, hang out around the fire, catch a quick nap, cheer for other runners, grab a drink, fill up your water bottle, take part in small contests and enjoy the whole Ragnar Trail experience.

It’s impossible without a team

What makes a Ragnar Trail relay unforgettable is the time you spend conquering this challenge with your (new or old) best friends and crossing the finish line together. It’s hard, but achievable. You’ll leave with an awesome medal to brag about your accomplishments and a million or more inside jokes.

Important Links and information:

Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley – SYD >>

Ragnar Relay International Website >>

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