Like everything in life, change is inevitable. Ragnar Relay underwent several changes (so far) for this year, and I’m here to tell you about them!
As always, this post is sponsored by no one, and all opinions are my own. This is not intended to do anything other than to share my opinion… aka slow news day around here. Thanks for reading!
Change #1 – Trash liners for each van.
In the past, we had to BYO trash bags. It was one more thing on the endless list, and one more thing that I would inevitably forget and have to buy along the way. While I appreciated being provided the trash bags, this is why the change took place – there are no longer trash cans at minor exchanges. Major exchanges only. During Ragnar FLK, we found this to be unacceptable. The trash was overflowing and smelled terrible. We could barely dispose of our own refuse, as instructed. If this is the new norm, then it needs to be maintained!
Change #2 – Recycling.
Same as #1 – bags were provided, and collection only took place at the major exchange. Smelly trash everywhere. By the time we got to exchange 30, it was vile. And we never used the recycle bags, because our van didn’t really care about being responsible. We were tired and threw things in one bag.
Change #3 – Unmanned aid stations.
On the longer legs, aid stations are provided for your convenience. In my previous experience with these at FLK, they were manned. Not any longer. Unmanned, and pretty empty containers of water. I hope I was just passing by before the coolers were changed out!
Change #4 – T-shirts are prepackaged and given to van 1 only.
This used to be the norm, then it was changed, now it’s changed back. It’s nice to not have to worry about these things if you’re van 2… BUT I don’t know how the bags were packed, since we had hardly any of the correct sizes in our labeled bag. It was weird.
Change #5 – New shirts!
The shirts this year are 50/50 blend instead of the usual tech fabric. I like the design and I like how soft the shirt is, but I would never wear it to work out, which is a shame. I have 3 of the same shirts from last year, and they barely make it through the wash before I wear them again. Also, beware – THE LADIES’ VERSION RUNS SUPER SMALL. Like, practically doll-sized. (For existing Ragnar users, you can edit your shirt size on the website by logging in, clicking on Edit My Profile, and scrolling down to the shirt sizes.)
See? Kinda tiny. (I have a tank on underneath.)
Change #6 – New medals!
I’m sure you’ve seen the mock-up on social media somewhere, so I won’t bore you with that. The coolest part is what they DIDN’T tell us about the medals.
When you flip them over and connect them, you get this!
(Photo credit – Judy stole the photo from someone on Facebook, aka those are not my team’s feet.)
HOW FREAKING COOL IS THAT?! (For the record, I have the “Rag” part on the back of my medal.)
This is by far my favorite change. Those medals are seriously heavy, and seriously cool. I love them so much. Once you do more than one race, you get a connector plate to make a giant medal. It’s like playing with an erector set, but with race medals. The nerd in me finds this super amusing.
For all of my Ragnar vet friends, what change would you make and why? (Besides the Chicago finish line, which has already been moved back to Montrose Harbor for 2015!)