Named a Top 10 Destination Marathon by Forbes.com and one of the world’s most “exotic” marathons by CNN Travel, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is a Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a 42.2 kilometre (26.2 miles) adventure past beaches, through natural parks, and along Vancouver’s bustling Seawall.
Santa Barbara and the adjoining Santa Ynez Valley offer the ideal destination running experience. Held in early May, it’s the perfect time to visit this haven for outdoor recreation. The area has plenty to offer including beach and ocean activities, hiking, biking and running trails, historic towns and missions, plenty of shopping and restaurant options, and an abundance of wineries and tasting rooms. And you’ll LOVE this scenic course that runs from downtown Santa Ynez through Los Olivos into the Danish-settled town of Solvang. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a weekend full of activities in this bucolic setting and celebrate in style at the expanded post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park. Run the half marathon or the two-person relay. Form a team of six or more. Run with, or for, your mother. But be warned…this race is habit forming and sells out early!
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The Gorgeous Portland Pub Relay is the first relay of our Gorgeous season. It is designed to be simple, fast and above all, not taken too seriously! The race will take place on May 20, 2017 and run 26.2 awesome miles — or something darn close to that — covering six legs, stopping at six amazing Portland Pubs. The catch – we’re not going to tell you the course! Scavenger hunt meets relay!
Reebok Ragnar Wasatch Back is the race that started it all. This 200-ish mile overnight running relay begins in Northern Utah in the city of Logan and traverses across the back of Utah’s rough and tough Wasatch Mountains. Teams of 12 runners (or ultra-teams of 6 runners) tag team miles across three mountain passes, next to alpine lakes and past fields of wildflowers. When the sun sets, billions of stars, lit-up vans and glowsticks light the night. Teams finish together like champions at Solider Hollow, UT, the home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Learn for yourself why so many runners have Ragnar stickers on their car, or come back and do it bigger, better and faster than before.
The Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon is not just a running race, it’s a destination lifestyle experience. Destination Races produces the Wine Country Half Marathon series in renowned wine regions across North America. Loudoun County plays host to this popular event located in and around historic Leesburg, VA, one hour west of Washington DC. This is the only event in the series held in the eastern US.
The race starts and finishes at bucolic Doukenie Winery, the perfect venue for hosting the post-race Wine & Music Festival, Presented by Visit Loudoun. This scenic, tree-laden course runs north of the winery on historic byways, passing vineyards, farms, ranches and estates along the way. Come experience the race of a lifetime as we welcome you to Virginia and DC’s Wine Country!
Join us for the 4th Annual Bend Beer Chase – a unique, one day “beer relay” featuring the region’s best brews! We’re bringing our relay style to the one day relay world – with a great course that features the best of Central Oregon’s breweries. Relay with your friends and experience 20+ breweries in one day!
There are two different ways to experience the Bend Beer Chase:
One day relay with 1-6 people: One van, one day relay of ~50 miles of awesomeness. Teams can be anything from a pair to a team of six, and even Solo. This also includes the Keg Leg brewery run in Bend.
Keg Leg as an individual: As an individual only participating in the Keg Leg brewery run in Bend.
The Gorgeous Hood To Hood Relay starts at Timberline Lodge on majestic Mt. Hood. Teams of no more than six runners will head down the mountain and turn north on Highway 35 towards Hood River, OR. The twelve legs, mostly downhill, wander through amazing forest, beautiful fields and orchards with views of Mt, Hood, Mt. Adams and the Columbia River. The 100 teams will finish the relay at Pfriem Family Brewers along the Columbia River with a great party.
Spend a summer Saturday running a One Day Relay within minutes of Portland. This 65 mile, 12 leg running event incorporates the full length of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail as well as the surrounding area of rural Washington County. Take in a bit of Oregon history while enjoying natures best in the Pacific NW. Team sizes consist of 6 (or less) runners.
Where the forest meets the sea, Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage will excite your senses and leave you breathless. The journey begins near the Canadian border in the city of Blaine, WA. Then you will run relay style from point to point as you experience the iconic sights of the Pacific Northwest including the glacial Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, Deception Pass and the Puget Sound. As you and your team cover 200 miles of running, vibrant fireweed blossoms light the way through the gently rolling countryside, quaint towns and endless skies that backdrop noble bald eagles soaring above the trees. As you push through the fatigue and final miles of the course, the excitement will grow with each step as you surge to the finish line on Whidbey Island for a celebration you won’t soon forget.
Dual Duel – 10 mile Track Relay, 10k Solo & Kid’s Run
Location: PCC Sylvania Campus, Portland, OR
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Running and walking in circles doesn’t always mean finishing where you started. This afternoon/evening event features solo and two-person relays as well as a Kids’ Run. Please note the location change to the PCC Sylvania campus at 12000 SW 49th Ave, Portland, OR 97219.
We developed this race to highlight the beauty of Central Oregon and to provide a different relay experience – one focused on team spirit and camaraderie, a challenging and varied race course, an intimate feel, and a non-congested relaxed race experience. Scott took two years off work to develop the course and prepare for the first year and Scott and Carrie produced the inaugural CLR one week after getting married in July 2008.
Learn more about the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in this brochure provided by Visit Bend.
Are you ready for an achievable relay on a conveniently closed, short, fast course, while still encompassing the energy and enthusiasm of the Mother of All Relays?! Teams of four will participate in the two mile closed course relay in beautiful Tualatin Community Park. Get ready to party all day while competing in this team event! Don’t have a full team or want to join a team? We’ll provide team matching!
In addition to the relay, the Crawfish Crawl half marathon is back for the 2016!
The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon is truly a hidden gem, offering an experience unique to any of its sister events in the series. Hosted in Yamhill County in the heart of the Willamette Valley, participants rave about the small-town charm, incredible sunrise views, scenic course, great wines, and post-race Wine & Music Festival, presented by Ken Wright Cellars. Less than an hour from Portland, this thriving wine region is a favorite of Pinot Noir lovers and romantics who desire a less hectic vacation experience. Activities are planned all weekend long , including the race expo held at the magnificent Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. If you aren’t already a resident or frequent visitor, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the area and this race. Bring your family and friends and plan to stay and play!
Reebok Ragnar Relay Great River brings together the magic of running through rural and urban Minnesota, bonding with new and old friends, and the accomplishment of conquering 200 miles by foot. Your team of 12 (or 6) will start your running adventure on the bank of the Mississippi River in Winona. From there you’ll experience every shade of green you can imagine as you run by endless rows of corn fields and through forested areas like Afton State Park. There’s no shortage of water views on this course including sunset views on Pepin Lake. Come be a part of 10+ years of history at Ragnar Great River and learn what it means to Find Your Inner Wild!
The annual Hood To Coast Relay is an overnight, long-distance relay race held in the U.S. state of Oregon, annually in late August, traditionally on the Friday and Saturday before the Labor Day weekend. It is one of the longest and largest relays in the world (with 12,600 in Hood To Coast Relay, 18,000 total participants, including Portland To Coast Walk Relay and High School Challenge Relay). Considered to be on the “bucket list” for many a runner and walker, Hood To Coast has filled its team limit for the past 24 years, and 17 straight years on “Opening Day” of the lottery. The course runs approximately 320 km (200 mi) (the course length changes by 1-5 km each year due to small changes made by race organizers) from Timberline Lodge on the slopes of Mount Hood, the tallest peak in Oregon, through the Portland metropolitan area, and over the Oregon Coast Range to the beach town of Seaside on the Oregon Coast.
Walkers and high school teams may choose to compete in the Portland To Coast Walk or Portland To Coast High School Challenge respectively, both of which are held in conjunction with the main relay and start in downtown Portland instead of Mount Hood.
There’s nothing quite like the Rocky Mountain Runner’s High that you’ll experience at Reebok Ragnar Relay Colorado. Reaching 10,000 ft. at its highest point, it has been dubbed as one of the hardest Ragnar Relays in the series – it might just literally take your breath away. You and your team will start the journey at Copper Mountain Ski Resort. From there, you’ll tackle 200-ish miles of relay running through the heart of four world-famous Colorado ski towns on bike paths, single-track trails and backwoods roads. There’s never a bad view as you experience the Colorado Rocky Mountain Range and White River National Forest. Ragnarians will find their inner wild among sweeping vistas, glittering waterways and larger than life mountains. Medal lust, craft beer, and a party will pull you towards the finish line at Snowmass Resort where you’ll celebrate together and share stories of a lifetime.
The Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon accentuates the amazing beauty of the Okanagan Lake and the surrounding valley. The course offers eye-popping vistas along the route and runs through scenic county roads, landmarks, greenways and lakefront parks, finishing in Waterfront Park for the trademark Wine & Music Festival. It’s hard to imagine a more scenic and engaging course, anywhere.
The race has a limited-size field designed to offer our participants and their guests the finest destination experience possible. A team competition and two-person relay are offered. Runners and fast walkers must be able to complete the course in 3 hours and 30 minutes, keeping a pace of 10 min/km (16 minutes per mile).
This is the one that started it all. Running 60 miles from outside Cascade Locks and into the heart of Portland, the Gorgeous Relay is truly Gorgeous. Experience the Historic Columbia River Highway on its 100th Anniversary as it winds past waterfalls, creeks and forests. With views of the Columbia Gorge, the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and Historic Vista House at Crown Point, and finishing again at Base Camp Brewing Company, this will be the most gorgeous relay you’ve ever run!
Experience one of the country’s most spectacular and breathtaking marathons and half marathons or run the two-person relay half marathon. Run on the historic Columbia River Highway with its colorful fall foliage, pass by waterfalls and enjoy amazing vistas.
This 9:00 AM event is for 5k, 10k, and 15k runners. It is also for 5k and 10k walkers – we call these fitness walkers. Teams may also compete in a 15k Relay. The course is on the golf paths and on the fairways of the golf course. Make this a simple 5k, 10k, or 15k for Fun, for Competition, for Fitness. Come dressed in a costume to be eligible to win awards in our Costume Contest.
Follow the flat course through the Woodland Bottoms just when the tulips & lilacs are in full bloom. Take in breath-taking views of the Columbia & Lewis Rivers. Relax at the post party at Horseshoe Lake!