Ragnar runners rolling up Hwy. 61 on Aug. 16-17

The 2019 Reebok Ragnar Minnesota relay race will run from St. Paul to Duluth, coming through Pine City on Hwy. 61

Wave after wave of runners will be making their way up Highway 61 this Friday and Saturday as the “Reebok Ragnar Minnesota” rolls through Pine County.

 The Ragnar is a relay-racing tradition that started in Utah in 2004. Teams of either six or 12 take turns running legs of the race, and traveling by van with their teammates the rest of the time.

The Reebok Ragnar Minnesota leads from St. Paul to Duluth, but will travel around lakes, through towns and along the rivers of Minnesota before ending up on the shores of Lake Superior, where all the teammates in a team will join together to cross the finish line as a unit.

Runners are expected to stay on the shoulders of Highway 61 for the entirety of this leg, and are asked to be mindful of traffic, obey all traffic laws and to be safe and respectful. Drivers traveling during that time should pay special attention to safety for all concerned.

Pine City is on Leg 18 of the relay race, and runners are expected to start coming into town as early as 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. The largest numbers are expected at around 10 p.m. on Friday, and runners may keep coming in until at or after 3 a.m. on Aug. 17.

The relay exchange will be hosted by Pine City Beyond the Yellow Ribbon at Pine City High School, and local vendors will be on hand to help make it a party atmosphere. Local Girl Scouts will sell cookies, the Pine City High School Europe Choir Trip will sell Sloppy Joe meals, Mom’s Parkside Cafe will offer home-baked items and gyros, the Pine Area Lions will sell homemade goodies, and Froggies Bar & Grill will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and chips.

In Hinckley, runners are expected from about 10 p.m. on Friday to 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Runners on the Highway 61 route will cross near the Sandstone area from 11 p.m. Friday to 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Runners will cross into Moose Lake from around 2 a.m. until about 10:30 a.m.

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