The Friends of Peabody Ragnar Relay team is still looking for Teachers, Staff, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends to join our relay team this year, running 200 miles to raise funds for our beloved school. We have assembled a list of our most frequently asked questions for those of you that may be interested.
When is it? May 20-21. Friday and Saturday. Groton to Quincy. We are hoping to finalize our roster by March 22.
How long will I be away?We recommend childcare coverage from midnight Thursday to 11 pm Saturday at a minimum. Some folks like to make a weekend out of it, and some return to Cambridge after our final runners finished the race. Start times are assigned based on the average pace times we submit.
How does it work?
A long distance, team, overnight running relay that covers about 200 miles over two days and one night. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-13 miles and varying in difficulty. Runners average about 17 total miles, with some of the shorter runner positions totaling 11 miles and some of the longer runner positions totaling 24 miles. The van DOES NOT follow the runners the whole way so there is time to pull off, rest, gas up, etc.
Will I be sleeping in a van?
Not the whole entire time. We reserve rooms at some of the more glamorous “travelodges” so we have a place to shower, sleep and eat.
What do we ride in?
We’ve rented premium SUVs (Ford Expedition or Chevy Suburban) or minivans in the past. Each will hold the driver and up to 6 runners.
Is there a fundraising minimum? There is not, but we do hope all of our runners to promote their participation on the team and to help secure individual and business donations.
Is there a cost involved? Registration is already covered, but we do ask people to pitch in to help with van rentals, hotel, food and gas. It should not be more than $150.
I can’t run. Is there another way to help? We are still looking for two more drivers. And ifyou can walk or crawl or trot 17 miles, we’d love to have you. If none of that is up your alley, you can always support our fundraising efforts by making a donation here. ,
If this sounds like your idea of a good time or you have questions about the event, please reach out to Jenn McManus-Goode or John Pyper.