Happy New Year!
I am getting set to run the RAGNAR race to the Florida Keys again this year. This year, I am captaining a team of current and former Floridians. Reflecting on last year's experience, we are going to do a few things differently this year.
First, accurate pacing. Last year, I think our team got a little excited about the event as a "race" and put down best possible performance times to estimate our finish time and as a result, our team had to start our last 6 leg stretch early. Had we not, we would have finished well after the finish line party wrapped up. This year, more realistic times have gotten us a more realistic projected finish (hopefully!)
Second, minivans. We had ample space last year in the 15 passenger vans we rented. That and I received advice from someone else that minivans were adequate, especially if people were willing to nap outside on the grass at major exchanges. Sounds fine to me, I would rather rest on the ground than in a van anyway.
Third, bring your own food. I partook in the fundraiser spaghetti dinner at the major exchange at a local high school last year. Money went to the local cross country team. No one else in my van had the same experience that I did, but let's just say that I only got to enjoy my meal for a few hours. This year I plan to bring enough of my own food to sustain without depending on others. Although, we may stop at a restaurant somewhere along the way.
Fourth, don't get our cars towed.
Fifth, my team is all-filled up now, but a note to eager future captains, to fill a 12 person team, I had to have at least 24 interested people before I could find enough that could take the time off work, spend the cash, etc.