MIAMI – Homestead-Miami Speedway is no stranger to pit stops. On Friday, February 6, the track will become a host to a different kind of pit stop for runners competing in an overnight relay series, the 200-mile Ragnar Relay Florida Keys, which runs from Miami to Key West on February 6-7.
Throughout the day, runners will be exchanging relay legs at the stop located at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Ragnar Relay Florida Keys run consists of 12 team members running 36 relay legs varying from three to eight miles, in a relay run stretching from Miami to Key West. During the relay, each team member runs three legs. Homestead-Miami Speedway is Exchange 12, which is considered the second major exchange since all runners will have completed their first three legs running.
Each team is responsible for providing two support vehicles, with six runners in each vehicle. The first will drop off the first runner at the start and proceed to the first exchange point. At the first exchange, the vehicle will drop off the second runner and pick up the first runner when that runner’s leg is complete. Teams will repeat this pattern for six legs until they hand off to their second vehicle. This leapfrogging pattern will continue all the way to the finish line.
The Ragnar Relay Series, which consists of 15 events, is the largest series of overnight relays in the world. The event is sponsored and managed by Ragnar Events LLC. Ragnar Events presented its first event, the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, in Utah in 2004. To date, Ragnar Events has presented more than 50 events in 16 states. The Ragnar Relay Florida Keys is the season opener for the 2015 season of Ragnar Relays.
For more information, visit www.ragnarrelay.com. The Ragnar Relay Florida Keys will benefit the Special Olympics of Florida, for whom the event raised $35,000 in 2014.