(KUTV) Ragnar Lodbrok is said to be a legendary hero from the Viking age. He is the subject of poetry and sagas. Ragnar is also the inspiration of a very popular race here in Utah. Beginning Thursday, vans full of runners will hit the road for the Ragnar Wasatch Back relay race. The nearly 200-mile race begins in Logan and will end in Park City. This year will be the 10th year of the Wasatch Back.
Our own Dave Fox and Adam Mikulich will be running Ragnar once again. Last year was their first Ragnar race. After they finished, Dave says he wasn’t so sure he was going to run Ragnar again this year. “At the very end, when I finished my last leg and thought I was going to die, I thought this was a good thing to cross off the bucket list and I would never do it again. We even talked as a team briefly about not discussing what we are going to do. We were going to let it settle down and once it did we started talking again.”
Anyone who has ran Ragnar will tell you it is a challenging race. Runners will take turns running between 15-20 miles over a 36 hour span. Runners may be running in the middle of the afternoon or at 3 o’clock in the morning. They have to overcome fatigue and hunger. It is a physical and mental challenge that takes months of preparation. Adam Mikulich says the challenge is what makes the race so unique. “The night before Ragnar, I will be up thinking about it. I won’t get a whole lot of sleep. Once you finish that first leg, you feel great but your attention has to focus on what lies ahead. So for Ragnar, you are literally on your toes for a 48 hour period.”
The Ragnar Wasatch Back historically sells out shortly after registration opens. This year, the race will begin on a Thursday. Dave and Adam’s team will begin Thursday morning. A second KUTV team will hit the road on Friday. Despite the different start times, there is still a little competition between the 2 teams.
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You can follow Dave Fox on Twitter: @Davefox2
You can follow Adam Mikulich on Twitter: @AdamMikulich
For more information on Ragnar, visit: http://www.ragnarrelay.com/
If you are not running Ragnar but are driving near Logan or Park City this weekend, be on the lookout for runners on the road. To see the course map, visit: http://ragnarrelay.com/race/wasatchback/legs
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