In pre-COVID days, a rotating, but dedicated and crazy group of Peabody School Parents, Aunts, Uncles, and Friends would spend Mother’s Day weekend running 200 miles to raise funds for our beloved school. We’ve raised over $21k since the team began racing. Even in the midst of the pandemic last May, we pulled in over $4000 with the help of a bunch of new families and Peabody kids.
As with the rest of 2021, everything about this year’s Ragnar is different. Different location! Different time of year! Masks! COVID precautions! But some things remain the same:
- We run a long distance, team, overnight running relay that covers approximately 200 miles.
- This year’s race is October 22-23 and runs from Groton, CT to Quincy, MA over two days and one night.
- 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.
- You can walk, you can crawl, and we don’t care how fast you are (or are not). Almost every single team member, over the past few years, has said, “but I’m not a runner.”
We do this insanity because we believe firmly in supporting the public education that is helping to prepare our children to be the leaders of tomorrow, and to support The Friends of the Peabody School (FoP). We know that the 2021/2022 school year will likely be unprecedented in numerous ways, and would love to pull together a strong team to support the school and our kids.
We’re going to be organizing some group runs so you can meet returning team members and get people psyched for the October race. If this sounds up your alley or you have questions about the event, please reach out to Jenn McManus-Goode.