This fall 6 of our most dedicated team members and supporters took place in an event that can only be described as a wild combination of fall colors, sandy beaches, massive dunes and lots of wild Ragnarians. For those not familiar, Reebok Ragnar is a 200 mile relay that starts in Muskegon at Pere Marquette Beach. The path follows runners past historic ships and lighthouses, apple orchards, cherry blossoms and rolling hills – all with a van full of teammates cheering them along each leg of the course. As the sun sets, the race keeps going through the night with nothing but a starlit sky and a bouncing line of headlamps to light the way.
The 200 mile journey concludes along the shores of Traverse City where a Ragnar wouldn’t be complete without a finish line party, an immense sense of accomplishment, and stories to tell for years to come. It wasn’t easy, but at the end of day 2 our team reached the finish line!
“Finished my 6.7 miler at around 3am… perfect night weather made for an awesome run!” – Diana Painter (pictured far right)
When David Sefton first heard about Ragnar, he thought it was a great thing for someone else to do, but not for him. But, standing at the finish line, he’d now say that he couldn’t have been more wrong. Throughout the race he learned he really enjoys running at night, under the stars. And he found a sense of gratitude for his teammates. In fact, the more he thought about it, the more gratitude became a fitting theme throughout the event.
“I’m grateful for my friends Diana, Alex, Amy, and Josh. Friends like these are truly remarkable. I’m grateful for my brother Stan who rocked out this race with the least time to prepare. I’m grateful for my wife and family who supported me even when they thought I was crazy for doing this, and I’m grateful for the ability to run, knowing that it is a gift to push the limits, confront my weaknesses, and encounter God’s grace there.” – David Sefton
Proud doesn’t even begin to describe the way we feel about our awesome rock stars. This was an amazing accomplishment, to say the least. At the end of the day, Alexandria Hoffman described it best:
• 6 crazy runners
• 1 small van
• 3 hours of “sleep”
• 0 showers
• dehydration and upset stomachs
• beautiful views with steep hills
• 200ish Michigan miles
• 1 million laughs
• 1 Ragnar race complete
Way to go, team Northern…you rock!
If you’d like to get started on a running program, Northern Physical Therapy offer sports rehab and a gait analysis where we’ll show you where your weaknesses lie and how to overcome them so you can perform at your best, run faster, and with less chance for injury. You can also check back in the spring when we’ll be hosting a Precision Running Workshop and RunFit Couch to 5k training program. Learn more about the Reebok Ragnar relay here.
Northern Physical Therapy is now open in Norton Shores, serving customers in the Muskegon, Spring lake, and Grand Haven areas.