Ragnar Trail Michigan event at Hanson Hills cancelled due to pandemic
Tue, 07/28/2020 - 10:25am caleb
Organizers, after postponing the 2020 race from June to September, have now cancelled the event and opened registration for 2021
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The Ragnar Trail Michigan, an outdoor relay running event held at Hanson Hills Recreation Area last year, was slated to return to Grayling this year, but it has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ragnar Trail Michigan organizers initially postponed the 2020 event from its original date of June 27-28 to September 4-5 due to coronavirus concerns, but they have now cancelled the race. Hanson Hills officials said the event will return to Grayling next year.
“They cancelled all of their events for the year,” said Justin Andre, Director of Operations for Grayling Recreation Authority, the governing body for Hanson Hills. “They will be back June 2021 at Hanson Hills.”
According to the Ragnar Trail Michigan web page, www.runragnar.com, registration is already open for the 2021 event, which is slated for June 25-26.
“Ragnar Trail Michigan is back for year two on June 25-26, 2021. Escape the daily grind and head to the beautiful Michigan countryside of Hanson Hills Recreation Area,” according to www.runragnar.com. “Your team will take turns running over two days and one night, relay-style, on three smooth, single-track trails perfect for any runner experience level. You’ll run on lush forested pine and maple paths, over rolling hills with scenic bluff overviews. At night, let a billion stars overhead – and your headlamp, of course – light your way along the trails. Round up a team of your most adventurous friends for a nature-fueled challenge that will give you memories to last a lifetime.”
During the first Ragnar Trail Michigan at Hanson Hills Recreation Area in 2019, more than 1,100 runners on more than 130 teams competed in the two-day event, with competitors spread out throughout the trail system.
The 2019 Ragnar Trail Michigan, like other races in the series, featured a “Ragnar Village,” a series of tents and stations that included camp sites, apparel shops, a fire pit, food trucks, music, and a beer tent.
“When you’re not running, you’ll be partying with your team and other runners at Ragnar Village,” according to promotional material for the 2021 Ragnar Trail Michigan. “Think campfire stories, s’mores, live music, and even time to roll out those sore legs.”
“It was a cool, relaxed environment. There were all kinds of activities for people not running. Just a fun atmosphere. Good boost for the community and the Grayling area,” Andre said after the 2019 Ragnar Trail Michigan.