Posts Tagged ‘runners’

Bringing a Smile & A Hug to Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Operation Kids had a blast this past weekend at the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back! Our morning started at the break of dawn along with our friends at Best Buddies. Best Buddies actually camped out in their RV, and came ready to roll up their sleeves. And man did they!

Brett, from Best Buddies, handed out flyers and gave hugs to the ladies, while the rest of the Best Buddies crew manned their booth. Brett worked the crowd with his magnetic charm and warm smile. While it’s hard to keep your mind off the pre-race jitters, our friends at Best Buddies helped ease everyone’s minds and made everyone remember that there is a great cause to run for.

Several members from our team took snapshots of the runners and the Ragnarian fans throughout the race.  We even managed to capture a few photos of our Best Buddy pals while they were working. As the first day ended, Operation Kids and Best Buddies anxiously awaited to serve breakfast/lunch at Exchange 30 in Heber City, UT, for the next day.

On Saturday, breakfast started out busy! We were on a roll and then the torrential rain caused the runners to stay in their vans. However, we were not going to let that stop our fundraising efforts for the breakfast/lunch. With the help of Best Buddies and the Best Buddies volunteers we brought the food to the runners! 

After serving breakfast/lunch at Exchange 30, our crew moved to the finish line in Park City, UT. The weather turned into a storm straight out of the Wizard of Oz! Operation Kids along with Best Buddies hung in there until the crowd started dwindling down in numbers due to this unusual weather.

We thoroughly enjoyed our time interacting with the all of the runners and spectators. Operation Kids would like commend and thank our Operation Kids volunteers, the Best Buddies volunteers for all of their hard work, and of course Ragnar! Most of all, our fundraising efforts were for Best Buddies of Utah, and we cannot thank them enough for their contagious energy and “never give up” attitude.

 P.S. Here are a few flickr photos from the Wasatch Back, more will be posted soon! And don’t forget to check out who won in the Operation Kids/Best Buddies drawing.

-Brandon aka “the intern”

Sun, Rain, 188 Miles and Best Buddies

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

If you happened to be in northern Utah on Saturday, you might have thought you had gotten your locations mixed up. Never have I seen such a deluge of rain in Utah’s high desert country than I did on Saturday during the last half of the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back. I’m not sure who ordered up the weather, but it only added to the adventure that Ragnar races always promise to be.

The entire Operation Kids team spent the weekend hanging out with the 9,000 or so crazy Ragnar runners at this year’s Wasatch Back, helping runners and teams raise money for Best Buddies Utah. What a weekend! There will be more updates to come, but the most important is the 40+ generous donors who won gifts as a result of the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back/Operation Kids charity giveaway … our sincere thanks to those generous people who donated to help Best Buddies Utah produce a 5k walk/run for intellectually disabled children.

Prize winners (and prizes won) include:

*Those in orange denoate those names/teams whose donation status achieved Ragnar Raiser status – giving a minimum of $30 an individual or $360 as a team.

Prize First Name Last Name Team Name  
Hires Big H James Sorenson Norwesters Runners Not Winers


Olive Garden Justin Manning Where’s The Finish Line


Tucanos Terry Wright Jacobsen Construction Turtle Crew – The Turbo Tortoises


Merle Norman Shanna Futral Performance Under Pressure


Tucanos Chad Iverson Strong Women, Strong Men meet Gym Class Heroes       


Red Rock Bryan Tagge Bourne to Run


Red Rock Dave Brooks CTR


Wasatch Touring Shawn Christiansen Rose Clydesdales & Athenas


Sun Valley Shanna Futral Performance Under Pressure




Tin Angel Cafe Chad Iverson Strong Women, Strong Men meet Gym Class Heroes       




Best Buy Shane Shupe The Gimps


La Caille Molly Nicholes    
La Caille Josh Winward Second Timers


Salt Lake Running Co. Warren Duff Team Chusqui


Sinclair Trent Wade One Less Appendix


Sinclair Molly Nicholes    
La Caille Missy Collard Collard Chiropractic


Sinclair Denise Rager UTANG MILI-pedes  


Happy Sumo Molly Nicholes    
Happy Sumo Nathan Flaim Whiskey Militia


Utah Museum of Natural History David Dunkley Slowskys


Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Nick Woodward Mach Trauma


Repertory Dance Theatre Terry Wright Jacobsen Construction Turtle Crew – The Turbo Tortoises


Utah Museum of Fine Art Bill Ricks Rage


Lagoon John Spicer Doggie Paddlin


Odyssey Dance Theatre Shawn Christiansen Rose Clydesdales & Athenas


Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Rich Simmons Honey Buckets


Hogle Zoo Shayna Paul Ultra Team + 6 Guys


Hogle Zoo James Borden Victorious Secret


Evolve Salon & Day Spa Shawn Christiansen Rose Clydesdales & Athenas


Evolve Salon & Day Spa Jan Bernhisel Broadbent Vaguely Related


Evolve Salon & Day Spa Teresa Reed Falcon


Flemings Michelle Green 12 Oxen


Utah Jazz Bryan Tagge Bourne to Run


Utah Jazz Molly Nicholes    
Real Salt Lake Robert Smith Strangers in the Night


Anniversary Inn Jody Worthen Family Friends & Fools


Grand America Joyce Wall Got Pain


Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym


Mark & Christy




Road Crew



Ragnar Relay Free Team Denise Rager UTANG MILI-pedes  


Tag Heuer Watch – OC Tanner Chad Iverson Strong Women, Strong Men meet Gym Class Heroes       


Check back tomorrow for more adventure stories, photos and charitable giving updates!