Ragnar Trail So Cal - Fall
08 Nov 2018 - 08 Nov 2019
From the organiser
Ragnar So Cal Trail, the race formerly known as Ragnar Trail Los Coyotes, is back on Nov. 8-9, 2019. Even though its got a new name, its still the same great race you know and love. Runners and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla & Cupeno Indians will come together for the best running party under the stars at the Los Coyotes Reservation, about two hours outside of San Diego. With its tough mountain hills and all of the elements and elevation that come with it, this overnight trail-running relay isnt for the faint of heart. Its been crowned as Ragnars most challenging trail race.
You will receive a pack and Runner's Bible outlining all the important information you'll need!
Your team will set out to conquer a series of three winding, double-track trails, relay-style, that start and finish at Ragnar Village. You’ll run through an alpine wonderland of junipers, pines, and oaks, and experience views of the Anza-Borrego Desert to the east with layers of beautiful mountain ranges to the west.On Friday morning, the start gun goes off, and teams of 8 (or 4) set out to conquer a series of three rugged double track trails that start and finish at Ragnar Village. Runners will let loose into an alpine wonderland of junipers, pines, and oaks and experience views of the Anza-Borrego Desert to the east and layers of beautiful mountain ranges to the west.Regular Team: The classic Ragnar Trail experience - a full team of 8 runners conquering breathtaking (literally) trails and hanging at Ragnar Village. Sleep not included.Ultra Team: For an even more challenging experience, four runners take on the whole course. So get ready for extra mileage, two servings of s'mores, and even less sleep.High School Team: Available to actual high schoolers only. Immature grown-ups don't qualify. Don't worry, your track coach can help set up your tent, if you ask nicely.Ragnar VillageRagnar Village is the heart and soul of the event. Each trail begins and ends in Ragnar Village. It is the start line, the finish line, and the exchange point. After each loop you will return to the support of your teammates and the adulation of the teams around you. Ragnar Village will be complete with:Bonfire, s'mores, coffee, hot chocolateFood and Snacks - Friday night dinner included in registration. Other meals available for purchaseGames and GiveawaysRagnar Swag available at the Ragnar Gear Store TentYoga SessionsMoviesBillions of stars
Teams will tackle a series of three trail loops (red, yellow, and green) that start and end at Ragnar Village—as one runner heads out to conquer the course at a time, relay-style. When you’re not running, you’ll be cheering runners as they come into Ragnar Village, partying around the big communal campfire (roasting s’mores and sharing stories), and enjoying the fun-filled atmosphere set up at camp. The race doesn’t stop when the sun goes down so be prepared to run through the night (yes, on the trail!) where your headlamp and a canopy of billions of stars will illuminate your path.
Parking:Each of our Race Venues has different parking rules and regulations. Specific info of this sort is also posted to the race web page and race specific Runner Packet. We ask that teams bring NO MORE than 2 vehicles to the race.
Trail Running Gear and Camping GearTrail running is different than road running and thus the gear needed changes. Check out a list of essential trail running and camping gear for the event on the race webpage in the Updates and Training sections.Headlamp – Every person (runner, friends, family, crew, etc) at the race should have a good headlamp. We recommend one with 70 lumens or more. Water Container – Every runner should run with a water container of some sort. Some of the loops will have water stations but all will be CUPLESS WATERSTATIONS.Your team captain will be sent a detailed packing list nearer to the event, but the basics are as follows:clothingaccessoriesfoodtoiletriessafety gear
Back home at Ragnar Village you can rest your legs next to the campfire, chow down on s’mores and relax with your team. Take a break from city life to find yourself in this journey of adventure, self-discovery, and sheer nature-loving goodness.
Amenities – Food, Showers, Activities:Food – Although every race is different, we provide a Friday night dinner to each runner and strive to have great meal options for purchase for all other meals during the event. Check out the Village section of the race webpage and the race specific Runner Packet for all of the details on food. We recommend that you also bring team food. Treat it just like a camping trip with 7 friends. And please note, Ragnar strives to provide vegetarian options at all meals but other food preferences (gluten-free, vegan, etc) are not always available. Please consider bringing your own food if you have specific dietary requirements.Do I run the whole thing by myself? No. Ragnar is about doing something together you could never do alone. Teams of up to 12 run relay style from the start to end. On Trail, the race has three loops. You’ll tag team it. Runner one will run the first loop and you’ll meet them at the first handoff point. Then, Runner 2 will take over, and so-on-so-forth until everyone has run three loops.Do I run the whole thing by myself? There are two types of teams at a Ragnar: crazy and crazier. Or, more commonly known as a regular team ( 8 people for Trail) and an ultra team (3 for Trail). Each team type can register different divisions such as all women or all men teams, military, corporate, CrossFit, etc.How many miles do you run as part of a team? Ragnarians will run anywhere from 12 to 25 miles (or double that on an ultra-team) divided into three sections. The exact mileage varies by race. Visit the event page, scroll down to the map, and click the down arrow next to “runner distances” to view your mileage.How do you know where to go? If Dorthy and her Oz crew were to write a song about Ragnar, it would go something like “Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the bright blue signs.” Throughout the 200-mile course are reflective signs attached to bright orange cones or posts. When running, you’ll do the touch-and-turn method. So, you’ll run up to the sign, touch it, and then head in the direction it points. You also have the option of bringing along your phone with the downloaded Ragnar App, including a map of the course and that blinking blue dot that tells you where you’re at in comparison to where you’re supposed to be.Do I have to be fast? Anyone can run a Ragnar, as long as you train. We require that teams have an overall pace of 11 min/ mile. This means that you can balance your paces throughout your team. (For example, if one person on your team runs a 14 min/ mile pace, have someone that runs a 8 min/mile pace so that you have an overall pace of 11 min/ mile.) The most important thing is that every team that starts is allowed to finish. If you’re running behind schedule, Ragnar Staff or the “Race Command” will work with you so that you finish before the cutoff.Do you have to run at night? Typically yes. Ragnar are overnight running relay races that take on average 24-36 hours to complete. Most runners will have at least one run that’s at night, in the dark. But depending on the time of year, and daylight savings it is possible that you might not run in the dark. You’ll don your safety vest, headlamp and head off into the dark. And despite your initial fear of bears, you may find, like many others, that the night run is the best part of a Ragnar Relay. It’s a time to bask in peace and quiet, to gaze at the stars and run a little faster than you normally do. If you’re still nervous, you have the option to bring along a pacer or your phone. Next thing you know, you’ll be addicted to runs in the dark.