The Ragnar Relay is a 196 mile relay race from Winona, MN to Minneapolis, MN. Much of the course is run through the SW part of Wisconsin which is brutal for a born and raised flatlander like me. 294 teams registered and of those 294 teams there were about 20 ultra teams. An ultra team consists of only 6 runners instead of 12 runners. My thought is if you’re going to do it you might as well make it hurt! The team consisted of Josh Duerr, his cousin Tony Duerr, Tony’s friends Matt Hanson, and Mike Waldera (note: all 3 of those guys work for Scheels and Scheels was nice enough to sponsor us for the race), and Justin Schweitzer, an old high school “rival” of mine that was easy to convince to be on our team. We also recruited my brother, Jason Miller, Tony’s brother, Brad Duerr, and Tony’s brother-in-law Ryan Sunram to drive and help out in any way they could. These 3 guys played a huge part in our victory due to the fact that we just had to focus on running and you wouldn’t believe how much there is to do out there other than just run!!!
Our race start time was at 4:00pm but I think Justin said it best when he said, “That race started at 3:00pm as soon as we talked with the MN Running Wild team (our competition throughout the race that I will refer to regularly). We knew these guys were going to be good considering they won it last year and they had a lot of questions about our team prior to the start too. You could say we were sizing each other up.