Running to Help Kids in L.A.

Have you ever dreamed of running along the beach in perfect, sunny weather? How about spending the night with 11 other runners who haven’t slept or showered in 24 hours? If you’ve ever wondered, that’s about what a Ragnar Relay feels like.

This past week was the inaugural Ragnar Relay Los Angeles - a team relay from Santa Barbara to Dana Point, California. More than 100 teams participated, running down the Pacific Coast Highway in mostly perfect weather.

With the relay came the classic “Ragnarly” team names and costumes … like the SKIRTS (Society of Kindred Individuals Running Together), who ran in … what else? Running skirts. Or the Mothers Into Lifelong Fitness (whose acronym got a chuckle out of us all). Or the Runaway Brides & Grooms, who dressed in tuxedo t-shirts and wedding garb suitable for running. And who could forget the member of the Inflatables team dressed in an inflatable Sumo costume running up the last leg of the PCH with his team member, cheering him to the finish?

Best of all, runners raised money for the Greater Los Angeles Boys and Girls clubs – benefiting youth health and fitness. Megan and I had the chance to spend the day in Santa Barbara at the starting line and talk to the runners about Operation Kids and our partnership with Ragnar Relay. The next day we were treated to much warmer weather as we sat in Salt Creek Park in Dana Point to cheer the runners on as they crossed the finish line and raise additional money for the local Boys & Girls Clubs.

There are another 9 races this season – ranging from Washington State to Florida. Those in the New York area should join Steve at the Ragnar Relay New York – a relay from Woodstock to the Bronx May 15-16, where he will be helping to raise funds for Operation Kids to benefit youth health and fitness programs along the race route.

It promises to be another Ragnarly experience … to use the Rangar lexicon.

Photos coming soon!


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