Operation Giveback successfully participated in the 2011 Ragnar Relay Series in Tennessee!
In another effort to raise awareness for our Wounded Service members, Operation Giveback particpated in the RAGNAR Relay Series in Tennessee. Just what is Ragnar Tennessee?
"PICTURE THIS: A 195 mile running event that will push you and 11 pals through the birthplace of country music, Tennessee. Starting in Chattanooga you will hug the Tennessee River and head northwest. Your team will run, day and night, across the rolling hills of southern Tennessee while enjoying the stunning November foliage. After the hills, you will move on to the ‘stills, as you pass through historic Lynchburg. The race (and your stamina) will wrap up, when you honky tonk your way to the Country Music Hall of Fame, in Nashville, Tennessee...
This isn’t your average 10K or half marathon, this is Ragnar! "
Operation Giveback 2011 RAGNAR Relay Series Tennessee TEAM:
1. Guillermo (William) Castillo, SSG (R) "Wounded Warrior"
2. Robert Schneider, MAJ (R)
3. Jennifer Schneider, MAJ (R)
4. Scott Anderson, DA Civilian
5. Walter Griffin, LT (R)
6. Kyle Griffin, DA Civilian
7. Jose Garcia-Aponte, CSM (R)
8. Abigail Olp, DA Civilian
9. Brian Brown, LTC (R)
10. Lito Santos, SGT (R) "Wounded Warrior"
11. Johnathan Holsey, WO1 "Wounded Warrior" (Active Duty-ARMY)
12. Chris Gordon, SSG (R) "Wounded Warrior"
13. Rob Wisdom, MAJ (R)
15. Karren Connors, DA Civilian
16. Gabriel Santos, UCF Student
"What is RAGNAR?
You and 11 of your closest friends running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style, through some of the most scenic terrain North America could muster. Add in crazy runners, inside jokes and a mild case of sleep deprivation. The result? Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it a Ragnar Relay.
It's really quite simple. Get a bunch of friends together (or we can help you find team members who'll quickly become your friends) and start running. Okay, there's a little more to it. Your relay team will consist of 12 members (or 6 for Ultra teams). During the relay, each team member runs three legs, each leg ranging between 3 - 8 miles and varying in difficulty. So, from the elite runner down to the novice jogger, it's the perfect relay race for anyone.
How do you cover 200(ish) miles? Only one runner hits the road at a time. The rest of your teammates are on support duty in your race vehicles. Teams require 2 vehicles, with runners 1-6 in van 1 and 7 -12 in van 2. Van 1's runners will cover the first six legs. It's a relay, so as the each runner begins, the crew in the vehicle can drive ahead, cheer their runner on, and meet them at the exchange point to pick them up and drop off the next runner. After the first 6 legs, van 2 picks up the slack and starts putting in the miles. A day, night and day later, you'll have made it all the way from start to finish!
Any Easy 200(ish)
Running three legs during a 24-hour relay race is much easier than you think. Each team member runs three legs, ranging between 3 and 8 miles. This relay race is physically demanding, but legs vary in difficulty, and runners can choose their legs. This unique relay format makes the Ragnar Relay an accessible race for beginners yet challenging enough for the most competitive runners."
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