Flat Creek Inn at the Ragnar
The Flat Creek Inn, one of the premiere Jackson Hole, WY accommodations, was represented at the finish line of the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay this last weekend. Among the runners in the Ragnar, a 198-mile relay race from Logan to Park City, Utah, were the unfortunately named Tater Trotters, some of whom are shown here wearing their Flat Creek Inn shirts at the finish line.
For those unfamiliar with the Ragnar, it’s a little like this: teams are formed of twelve members, though the really mentally unstable people can do teams of six, which means each person runs twice as long. Each team is divided into two vans, which alternate between resting and running. When it’s your van’s turn to run, the first person runs his designated leg, with the van sometimes meeting him along the road to give water or moral support, or to laugh at him. The next runner meets him at the exchange point, where the baton—a bracelet—goes from the weary runner to the fresh one and the race continues. In a twelve-person team, each person will run three legs.
It sounds great, doesn’t it? It is. But not everything may be exactly as imagined before the race. For instance, the exchange points resemble a cross between the early stages of the zombie apocalypse and the Quidditch World Cup, complete with bedraggled strangers trying to sleep, weary volunteers herding lost nomads across streets, and hundreds of people in varying states of fatigue. You might find some solitude in your van, though if happen to be using a Toyota Highlander as your vehicle, you might find it a little cramped with five or six people and their supplies inside. There are five people if someone’s off running or six if it’s your van’s time to rest, or seven if you count the overpowering stench of sweat, which is almost potent enough to count as a person of its own. It’s pretty great.
For a more complete explanation of what running relays is like, check out this funny YouTube clip: