The Founders

The idea to run an overnight 24+ hour relay across the mountains of Utah was a lifelong dream of Dan Hill’s father. The dream became reality when Dan and his college roommate, Tanner Bell, organized the first Wasatch Back Relay, spanning 188 miles from Logan to Park City, UT in 2004. The first race started small, but the Ragnar Relay Series has grown from a single relay in Utah to the largest overnight relay series in the nation. Some may even call it a movement. We call it Ragnar.

What’s in a name?

Ragnar was a king and hero of early 9th century Scandinavia. He was a conqueror, a wild man, a leader, fearless and free-spirited.*

In much the same way, today’s Ragnarians fulfill their freedom to roam, to explore, to lead, – a free-spirited desire to get out there and experience an outdoor adventure with friends. They traverse beautiful scenery, conquer challenges, and celebrate as a team. They outfit themselves in crazy costumes, deck out their vans and tents and walk away with kick-ass medals, bragging rights and unforgettable stories of this epic adventure!

Who are we? People that seek adventure, love fitness and the outdoors, give moral support to each other at 3 AM, enjoy camaraderie, don’t stop for bad weather, accomplish the amazing – together, aren’t afraid to wear crazy costumes, cheer others on, and ring cowbells to celebrate victories – small and large.

We love spreading the Ragnar lifestyle to the world and seeing others to join the Ragnar Nation to run, volunteer, partner and cheer!

*Actual history may vary from our romanticized version.

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