Running Almost 200 Miles is Actually Pretty Fun

197.4 Miles Through the Utah Mountains
Hycomp Team Runs the 2012 Ragnar Relay

If you were to drive 197.4 miles it would take you between 2 and 3 hours. Running that same distance through the mountains of Utah only took our team of relay runners 36 hours and 6 minutes. Yeah, that’s right!

“If We Weren’t All Crazy, We Would Go Insane” has been our team name for the last 3 years and like the years preceding this one, our team has been comprised of Hycomp employees and friends. A dozen people that were crazy enough to collectively run almost 200 miles as fast as their feat could carry them.

Ben Brough, Hycomp OEM Sales Manager had this to say about his first experience with the Ragnar Relay. “Running was the easy part to prepare for. I found that it is the lack of sleep and not being able to eat right that makes the Ragnar challenging. The energetic atmosphere is something that can’t be explained, it has to be experienced!”

The Ragnar race is a relay, each runner has three sections of the course to run and each team has 12 runners and 2 drivers. But when you factor in the fierce terrain of Utah’s mountains, the almost complete lack of sleep for 36 hours, and running in the heat of June 15 – 16 the runners of this relay take a serious beating. And yet, year after year, they keep coming back for more.

The average person would ask the obvious question, “Why would anyone want to do this?” But to our runners and anyone else that has run in a Ragnar Relay, the question is quite the opposite, “Why wouldn’t you want to do this?” During the relay, there is a camaraderie forged among all runners, and especially tight friendships and bonds among teams as they cheer each other on. People who have not run a Ragnar Relay may never understand why anyone would want to do something like this… and that doesn’t matter to a runner, they will just keep on running.

Team “If We Weren’t All Crazy, We Would Go Insane” Runners:

Tom Knowles21.1 miles (39 km)
Ben Brough13.7 miles (22 km)
Barbara Tidwell19.4 miles (31.2 km)
Stacey Moss14.6 Miles (23.5 km)
Angela Smith14.8 miles (23.8 km)
Andy Hansen17.2 miles (27.7 km)
Erinn James11.7 miles (18.8 km)
Reid Andrews15.9 miles (25.6 km)
Pete Hyde17.6 miles (28.3 km)
Robert James15.3 miles (24.6 km)
Mike Wiser19.8 miles (31.9 km)
Taryn Ricks15.9 miles (25.6 km)