Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Good, make that GREAT People!

I first have to start out by saying what a pleasure it has been to be part of a race where the race directors have been so incredible. The race directors at Ragnar have been nothing but helpful, resourceful & gone above and beyond any expectations.

They have taken our idea of "Runnin' Ragged, Inspired by Tonsa" to a whole new level. What started out as a way to make a nice donation to the Susan G Komen Foundation, in Tonsa's name, had turned into much more. The race directors have put together THIS site, as well as posted, the press release (see below) trying to get awareness out. They, have been truly amazing.

Our team members, and everyday training buddies have been just as amazing and supportive. Ready to wear the PINK in Tonsa's honor, and donating money to help raise awareness. They are some of the most passionate & caring group of people, that I am proud to call my friends.

Tomorrow, check out http://www.azcentral.com/ where, there just might be an article featuring Tonsa, and our relay team!

It's so inspiring to be blessed and surrounded by such amazing people. I know I've been fortunate to have so many of them in my life. It helps make all the bad in the world seem so small when you get to see all the good in so many other people. Does that make sense?

Here is the Press Release that Ragnar put together:

Ragnar Events, LLC
8142 South State Street
Suite 105
Midvale, UT 84047
Contact: Communications Director, Tanner Bell (801) 608-2486 / (801) 495-7044 or tanner@ragnarrelay.com

Breast Cancer Takes Runner from Relay, but Ragnar Spirit Prevails
Phoenix, AZ -- March 23, 2007 -- Starting March 30th runners will begin a 189-mile adventure that will start in Wickenburg and end in Scottsdale. Teams of 12 will blaze through spectacular Arizona scenery, each team member running three legs, each leg ranging between 3–8 miles and varying in difficulty. The course will be alive with painted vans, costumed runners, and cheering spectators. For most it will be an adventure; a wild overnight party with 11 good friends. But for one team, Runnin’ Ragged, it will be a mission, a dedication to a dear friend, and an inspiration to all who know their story.

Six months ago, Tonsa Price-Edwards heard about the Ragnar Relay Del Sol presented by NordicTrack. She couldn’t think of anything better than participating in this wild 189-mile, 12-team mate, 24-hour, relay adventure from Wickenburg to Scottsdale.

Immediately she thought of her friend and running buddy Krista LaPan. A simple email and Krista was in. A few more emails from each women and a team of 12 was ready to rock. They came up with the team name Runnin’ Ragged and began training. Team Runnin’ Ragged consists of 6 men & 6 women ranging in age from 29 to 50.

On February 22, after months of training and preparation for the Ragnar Relay Del Sol Price-Edwards was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

“It came without warning, without mercy, and without regard,” Price-Edwards said. “It ignored the reality that I have no risk factors, have been an avid runner and actively support the Susan G. Komen foundation. It came and brought with it a dazzling array of new terms, new tests, new doctors, and new fears. Breast cancer came and it took Ragnar.”

News that their team captain had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would not be able to compete alongside them came as a brutal shock to team Runnin’ Ragged.

“I actually cried as I read the email,” LaPan said. “I've known of people sick with cancer, but I've never been close to one, so I guess it was just kind of shocking to me. In that instant our reasons for running this race completely changed. We decided to do this race because Tonsa asked us to! Now, we have decided to run in her honor.”

Price-Edwards couldn't
me more appreciative of her team's support.

“Breast cancer, in all of its rage, will prove to be no match for me and those who now will step to the start line in my honor. Breast cancer could not have anticipated how strong the bond between a band of runners truly is. No, I won’t be running the Ragnar Relay instead I’ll be crossing a different finish line as I deliver a personal record in the race for my life.”

Team Runnin’ Ragged will be will running in pink shirts that read “Inspired by Tonsa”, and have asked that any interested parties donate to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation in honor of Tonsa Price-Edwards. $1000.00 has already been donated in her name.

For more information on the Ragnar Relay Del Sol visit www.ragnarrelay.com.

About Ragnar Events, LLC
Ragnar Events, LLC owns and operates the Ragnar Relay series, the nation’s largest series of overnight relay races. The series includes the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back (a Utah relay race), the Ragnar Relay Del Sol (an Arizona relay race), the Ragnar Relay Great River (a Minnesota relay race), and the Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage (a Washington relay race). Ragnar Events, LLC is committed to providing each participant with an unforgettable relay race adventure.

About NordicTrack
NordicTrack, the most widely recognized fitness brand in the world, is proud to be the official fitness equipment and fitness apparel sponsor of the Ragnar Relay Series. NordicTrack’s 30-year heritage of producing the finest quality fitness equipment continues today.

Specialty treadmills, designed for runners and race training, have been recognized by Runner’s World (
www.runnersworld.com/treadmills), the New York Times, Prevention magazine (www.prevention.com/treadmills) and the TODAY show. Visit www.nordictrack.com to see NordicTrack’s complete line of treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, strength training, yoga and Pilates products, as well men’s and women’s fitness apparel.

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