Preparation is Paramount

The  Ragnar Relay Race is a mere two days away and the reality of running 200 miles in 24 hours is starting to set-in for team City Sports/Saucony.  While the race may start on Friday, the team has been preparing for this race since early January.  Between the vans, shoes, clothes, food and more, preparation is paramount to a successful relay race.  Enter the wicked Ragnar Relay packing list.

“The list is almost as long as the race itself” says Ben Eld, City Sports Digital Marketing Coordinator.  “Everything you would normally bring to a road race gets multiplied by three and stuffed into two vans with 11 other runners doing exactly the same thing.  That’s 36 running outfits, roughly 24 pairs of shoes and enough food to keep everyone full.”

To ease the transition and fuel the teams performance, Saucony has stepped up and provided these runners with some of their latest gear.  Here are some of the featured items in their Ragnar bag.

  • Featured Apparel: Saucony ViziPro Gear The second legs in the Ragnar Relay race will occur between the hours of 7pm and 4am.  Needless to say, it is going to be very dark.  That is why Saucony has outfitted each runner with ViziPro apparel.  The striking orange colors not only look great, but are specifically designed to keep runners visible in low light conditions.  In addition to the catching orange color are other reflective elements like a USB rechargable flashing light.

  • Featured Footwear: Saucony ProGrid KinvaraMinimalist running has taken the running shoe industry by storm, and Saucony has been one of the leaders in this category.  Perhaps their most popular minimalist running shoe is the Saucony ProGrid Kinvara.  This lightweight and suprisingly plush shoe is designed to give you exactly and only what you need.  The Kinvara features a lower heel-to-toe ratio that’s built to serve your natural stride. The sole is an ultra-lightweight, durable foam and the grooves cut into the sole (or “siping”) are flat instead of curved.  Saucony has recently updated the Kinvara with the Kinvara 2 and made custom versions featuring some City Sports elements.

For a full list of what is required to take on the Ragnar Relay race, click here.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for live updates during the race itself by following City Sports on Facebook and Twitter.  There you will get an inside view into what it really means to be Ragnarly.

“You and 11 of your closest friends running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style, through some of the most scenic terrain North America could muster. Add in crazy runners, inside jokes and a mild case of sleep deprivation. The result? Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it a Ragnar Relay.”

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