Suunto Office Folks Compete in Ragnar Relay

Considering Suunto is the official timing sponsor and huge fan of the very popular Ragnar Relay race series, it seemed appropriate to participate in the challenge ourselves when the race came to our town. The Ragnar Relay has experienced dramatic growth nationwide and is quickly becoming one of the most popular 24-hour race--and now we have first-hand experience! By "we," we mean the office folks--not competitive Suunto athletes.

The Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back was this past weekend and Suunto employees and friends joined together in a 12-person team to run 188 miles in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.
Courtney Vermaas, Marketing Coordinator for Suunto USA, efficiently organized our group and recruited Suunto PR folks from Montana, other AMER departments (Atomic) and local Ogden friends to race. I'm sure at times, she felt as if herding cats would have been easier, but we all managed to make it to SLC and successfully run the race.
With two vans leap-frogging over 188 miles of paved and dirt roads in Utah's back country, during a 24-hour period it made cheering on and providing water to the runners a full time job--little time for sleep. Running through rural Utah during the witching hours of the night, which are usually slated for sleep, and seeing creatures eyes light up in the headlamp led to some funny memories and good laughs! But, overall no major mishaps or disasters occurred.

The race began in Logan, UT with a fantastic finish at The Canyons in Park City, UT. The Suunto co-ed team finished 68th out of 658 co-ed teams! Our official time was 28: 31:05. Not bad for our first year and is motivation to race again next year! The Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back is the original Ragnar Relay and draws a huge crowd--this year more than 1050 teams participated in the event.

Thanks Ragnar for a fantastic race and we'll see you next year!

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