Ragnar Trail Snowmass-CO, the sell-out race you've been waiting for, is finally back. This is a full-blown 3-day weekend adventure bringing together Rocky Mountain beauty, high-country camping and stunning trails.
Start early with camping on Thursday night; you can even upgrade your camping experience with Ragnar Glamping. If air conditioning is more your style, enjoy world-class lodging right at Snowmass Village.
On Friday, your team will begin your journey of three challenging trail loops that start and finish back at Ragnar Village. When the sun sets and the moon comes out the party keeps going as runners head to the trails in the dark for a spirit-quest, soul-searching, star-fueled night of running.
Experience true mountain running with snow-capped peak views, blooming wildflowers, ridge running, buffed-out trails and even a little climbing (with a BIG pay-off). With it's incredible views, the altitude definitely won't be the only thing taking your breath away.
Your whole team will finish together on Saturday, triumphantly, under the Ragnar arch with unforgettable memories and a bond to last a lifetime.
P.S. Want to make it an even more epic weekend? Make sure to stick around after the finish to enjoy the Snowmass Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival.
The 2018 edition of RAGNAR Snowmass showed the consistently well run and organized events that RAGNAR puts on. There was a little snafu this year though where they didn't confirm their request to have soccer field sprinklers turned off. Luckily it's so dry in CO that by 0900 things were dry. It made for a great story to reflect on as well. Otherwise the Snowmass scene is amazing with great views, well marked courses, and and plenty of food and water opportunities both in the village and on the trails (well not so much the food part on course).
As far as trails go, expect non technical dirt paths that switchback along the hillsides surrounding the village community center. The ups are steep and the downs exhilarating, especially in the dark. It's been particularly dry this winter so the moondust like dirt was thick. A handheld water bottle on the shorter loops served less to keep you hydrated but rather for rinsing out your mouth. Chewing gum helped tremendously throughout the weekend. The trails are fairly exposed so if you come, bring plenty of sunscreen and other protective layers. The suns intensity is astonishing at 8000ft and can make 75 deg weather feel like 90.
If you are a sleeper during the downtimes I highly recommend setting up camp on th baseball diamond/soccer field side of the village (across the street from the start/finish). Much quieter area and the porta johns aren't as frequented. Speaking of porta johns. The company that maintains them is phenomenal. Always seemed cleaned and stocked with TP. Major shoutout to them for great service both in 2017 and this year.
The village is well organized and always has something going on. The provided meal is good and filling though nothing notable. The staff and volunteers are super friendly and made the overall experience fantastic.
I highly recommend this race for its laidback atmosphere, well organized execution, and beautiful scenery.
Raced in 2018 and competed in Running: 125 Mile Trail Run/Relay.
Experience level is Intermediate.
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