Ragnar Northwest Passage Part 1

23 Jul

I want to introduce you to my 2013 Ultra Dicey Ragnar Northwest Passage team.

Runner 1: ELLEN

Finished her first leg!

Finished her first leg!

I have known Ellen for 2 years. We have done Ragnar the last 2 years together. She is the only one who wanted to tackle the “ultra” division again. She is very quiet. But sometimes we can get her to talk. She is an amazing runner! She is going for a BQ in Chicago this year!

Runner 2: ME

Getting pumped up to start!

Getting pumped up to start!

Well you all know me. This will be my 5th relay. 2nd Ultra relay.

Runner 3: ABBEY

Waiting to start her first leg

Waiting to start her first leg

Abbey is an ultra runner and Ironman. I have known her for many years. She has been super busy with life and has not been able to train as much as she would have liked BUT she still killed the 36 miles she ran this weekend.

Runner 4: SHAWN

FINISHED 38.5 MILES and still smiling!

FINISHED 38.5 MILES and still smiling!

I have only known Shawn for 10 days. I had a great time getting to know her this weekend. She was our last minute sub. She went out there and did the toughest and longest leg. She has done 13 half marathons this year alone. Totally amazing runner.

Runner 5: ALANA

Killing her third leg and our friend from the ultra stupid team

Killing her third leg and our friend from the ultra stupid team

Alana is a good friend for a long time. She is an amazing runner and Ironman. She also has an 8 month year old. She said she didn’t train as much as she wanted but she was pushing Emilia in a stroller on her runs so that has to account for something!! Her longest leg was her third and it was a half-marathon.

Runner 6: AMY

Going out on a VERY HOT first leg

Going out on a VERY HOT first leg

I met Amy when I was promoting Ragnar at the Racecenter expo in February. Talk about an amazing runner. She lost 85 pounds, looks great, loves her coffee, and runs like an animal. She still has a flip phone with no data package. We gave her shit all weekend long!

Driver: BOB

He likes wine but didn't have a beer until we were all done!

He likes wine but didn’t have a beer until we were all done!

Bob is Ellen’s hubby. He has drove us through Washington the last 2 years. He is a total rock star. I am pretty sure we would not have survived without him! In addition to the almost 800 miles he drove us this weekend, he also did our timing. At EVERY exchange he got out and clocked us. Even from the hours of 2-5 in the early am on Saturday when the rest of us “could not” get out of the van because we were sleeping or too cold or too tired, he got out for us!!

This all started Thursday at noon. We drove up to Blaine from Portland. After a few stops in Portland, Vancouver, and SeaTac we had our whole team and this adventure was going to start. We arrived in Bellingham at about 5. We ended up going to the same restaurant as last year (by accident), D’Anna’s Café Italiano. We sat in the exact same table too.

We hit up Fred Meyer for a few last minute things. We decorated the van. To bed we went for an early 6am wake up call.

We had to be at the start line at about 7 to get checked in.

We have to go through a safety briefing. Just keeping us safe out there.

Start Line:

Rolling the dice! Under the start arch!

Rolling the dice! Under the start arch!

We quickly got a picture at the Peace Arch.

Peace Arch State Park

Peace Arch State Park

All of a sudden it was GO TIME!!! Ellen was off and running….

7 Responses to “Ragnar Northwest Passage Part 1”

  1. MoM July 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

    Looks like you and the team had a great time – happy times and good memories!! I am so proud of you all – go ULTRA DICEY’S!! Is this the Las Vegas Ultra team???

  2. Kristen L @ DYL July 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

    I’m excited to hear more about the rest of your relay! Seems like you had a really great group of women to run with.

  3. Change of Pace July 24, 2013 at 4:51 AM #

    Love that you. Nitro diced your team; there are some amazing women you ran with!
    Can’t wait to read all about it!

  4. Joann July 24, 2013 at 8:41 AM #

    Nice report Leslie!!! Love reading about your adventures and it “almost” motivates me to open a blog page, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be as cool as yours! hahaha!! Nice job out there!!! If you ever need an extra person let me know… I’m always easily convinced to join crazy things like this!!! 🙂 Glad you girls had tons of fun!! Way to go!!! 🙂

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats July 26, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

      You should write a blog cause It would be so funny!!! I will keep you in mind if I need another person or if we want to do something next year!!! 🙂


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