Bourbon Chase: Reflections on a 200-mile relay

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  1. Lesley says:

    This sounds like a Ragnar relay, but with Bourbon 🙂 Non-runners wouldn’t get any of the above, but I’m assuming that’s what makes these kinds of relays special and way more fun.

    • MB MB says:

      That’s about right! Actually, the driver gets everything except the running (but with the added stress of team management) 🙂

  2. This sounds like a super fun and interesting relay! I have never done a long relay race like this but I really want to! I just need to find 11 other friends that are crazy enough to join me. I did do a marathon relay with a couple of friends last May and it was a really fun experience. It was neat to share the race day excitement with friends and to be able to cheer each other on.

    • MB MB says:

      It is whole different experience. Running is usually such a solo thing, but being part of a team and having all that “bonding” time, really is amazing. I still can’t believe we are doing this for a seventh time!

  3. Cassi says:

    I’m not a runner so the only relay races I did was in gym class. I didn’t see anything about power naps. Do you take any on your breaks?

    • MB MB says:

      Great question Cassi! You van gets about a 5-6 hour break while the other van is on the course. We are fortunate enough to have access to friend’s houses for both of those long breaks, but by the time you get there, eat, etc. you get about 2 hours of sleep, maybe 🙂 I will say I have been known to just fall asleep in the back of the van during the end of that second leg — that’s the hardest because you are ending in the wee hours of the morning!

  4. Shayna says:

    That sounds like a serious adventure! I’ve never done a relay race, I’m still considered a new runner. But that sounds like something I would love to do in the future!

    • MB MB says:

      It’s great for all levels of running – the shortest legs total 11/12 miles and average about 3 miles each, so you can totally join in the fun!

  5. I have not done a relay as of yet, but am dying to find a Ragnar team to join. They have one here in the Napa Valley, so I am still searching for someone to take me on their team 🙂 Your group looks like they had a blast.

    • MB MB says:

      One of our folks got to do that Ragnar last year, and she had a blast! But she said it is hard to get on team, she had to know a person who knew a person . . . Totally worth finding that person! But, I will say, putting together your own team is really a great way to do it!

  6. Kaitlyn A. says:

    What an interesting relay race! Sounds like fun!

  7. Sun says:

    I’ve done a marathon relay but it was quite a bit different than this type of relay race. Sounds like a great time to bond with fellow runners though and a chance to create memories that last a lifetime. Fun that the course goes through the bourbon distilleries!

    • MB MB says:

      Yes, this is quite a bit different, the sleep deprivation and the middle of the night running are just not something you get outside of a 50/100 mile-type run! We have been really lucky to have great teams of folks each year. Here’s to 7 in a row!

  8. This race sounds like so much fun! I recently discovered bourbon in Old Fashioned’s because that’s what the main character in Mad Men drinks.

  9. Annette Annette says:

    This race is so much fun! It has the potential to be horrendous and a nightmare, but we always manage to have a blast!

  10. Sounds like an amazing adventure! I’ve never done a relay race but I’ve done race challenges.

  11. Laura says:

    I’ve run the Chase 2 years now and you hit the nail on the head exactly. As soon as we cross the finish line I’m already excited about the next year. There are no better memories than the ones made in the vans. Here’s to another fun Chase and hopefully 2 days of sun shine this year!

    • MB MB says:

      What team?!?! We’ve been Team Healthway, Drink to your Healthway, and then Does it really matter? We’ve done it all 6 years so far, and are super excited to keep the streak alive!

  12. I have done Hood to Coast twice and Reach the Beach once. The first time I did HtC was in 1999. If you think this concept is hard to explain to people now, you should have been there then! I ran 36 miles (4 legs). It was brutal but so much fun. I think this Bourbon one may be the answer to getting my husband to run after all. 🙂

    • MB MB says:

      If you make your way here, let us know! Tell your husband there is a Bourbon tasting after the race that is pretty darn awesome! I had to run 4 legs one year too, when one of our runners (my husband) got injured after his first leg. But, my total wasn’t that bad! Whew!

  13. Ali says:

    I am not a runner and thus have never heard of this type of an event, but it actually sounds like a great time. I love the idea of the camaraderie and the sight seeing (if you’re in the daylight I suppose).

    • MB MB says:

      They are starting to get more popular – there used to really just be two big ones, but now Ragnar has a big series and even little old KY gets an event! It is a really unique experience, and non-runners are always appreciated as drivers and volunteers 🙂

  14. It sounds like you all had an absolute blast! Relay races always look so much fun, I just have yet to participate in one.

    • Annette Annette says:

      We did!!! It was a lot of fun, but it was also pretty difficult. By the time the third leg comes around, you’re ready to be done. But with the right group of people, it is truly awesome.

  15. Relay races are a lot of fun! I have done 1 Ragnar team race with the 200+ distance for 12 runners. Lots of fun, and at times kinda one smelly van:) Like your memories, I too had a great experience. Probably one of the most tiring two days, but still great times! I would probably do one again, a lot of comes down to getting the right team together:)
    When I explain the experience to others, I tell them its just something you should try at least once. Running is mainly a solo sport, but the relays make it feel like it’s an entirely different experience. There are really some great times to be had, lots of great conversations, so many that by day two you can barely remember how you’ve managed to talk almost non-stop for a day already, LOL
    Great post!!!

    • MB MB says:

      Love! So, funny that the experience is pretty global! I always say it’s the closest you will come to a high school bus trip ever again in your life! If you do one again, give the ‘Chase and try and let us know you are coming!

  16. OMG, this looks like SO much fun! Running a relay is on my bucket list of races to do. At this point with my son being so little, I don’t want to take a full weekend (or more) away from him but once he is a bit older, I will definitely sign up for one. I always love reading recaps on them as everyone seems to have such a great time!

  17. OMG, this looks like SO much fun! Running a relay is on my bucket list of races to do. At this point with my son being so little, I don’t want to take a full weekend (or more) away from him but once he is a bit older, I will definitely sign up for one. I always love reading recaps on them as everyone seems to have such a great time!

    • MB MB says:

      Definitely give it a try when you can. Several of our moms like it as a break (although, I’m not really sure how much of a break it is!)

  18. Farrah says:

    :O! I live in Kentucky and never heard of this! It actually sounds like a lot of fun (even though I don’t run 😡 )–I’ve never done a relay, but it seems like it’d be really cool to do with good friends! :]

  19. That sounds like a lot of fun and there is bourbon!!!!! yup, non runners won’t get it but you had me at bourbon!

  20. I hVe always wanted to do a relay race. Seems like it would really seal the bonds of friendship or make you end up hating each other. Lol!

  21. Ima Mosier says:

    This race looks really fun! I have done the relay race Baker to Vegas several times and really enjoyed it. I also hope to do a Ragnar at some point.

  22. Donna says:

    I have always wanted to do something like this but never have because a) I wasn’t sure how to go about it and b) it’s a little intimidating. You make it look like so much fun. I love hearing about your adventure! I think I need to add this to my bucket list! =)

    • MB MB says:

      Definitely do that! It really was intimidating the first year, but it all works out. And really, we still get nervous every year!

  23. Sarah H says:

    This race looks like a blast! I’ve never done a relay race – but any time I’ve talked to someone who has, they always seem to come with some good stories! I get pretty hangry sometimes though so I could be the worst possible van mate ever 🙂

    • MB MB says:

      Oh, food, that is an issue with everyone, so you would not be alone! It’s a struggle to figure out what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, etc. etc. We still don’t have it down even after 6 years! Well, except that apparently it is not a good idea to eat flavored pringles — the smell made some want to kick us out of the van!

  24. i’ll admit I’ve never heard of this. It looks like an awesome way to have fun, meet people, and just generally have an awesome time!

  25. jody says:

    I have never done a relay race, but I am hoping to get a team together to do Beach to Bay in Corpus Christi this year. Sounds like fun! Do you do shots of bourbon at each relay point? 😉

    • MB MB says:

      HA! We WISH, well not really for the midnight stretch, but on that third let, for sure! Nope, it’s totally against the rules, but there is a great tasting afterwards!

  26. I’ve not run a long relay (only a marathon relay), but I would love to–especially if there’s bourbon involved. I mean, really? How great is this race? I thought Hood to Coast was a bucket-list relay, but the Bourbon Chase tops it.

    • MB MB says:

      We’d like to do Hood to Coast is the logistics were not so crazy!! (I mean, how do we get all our gear out there?!?!) But, you are right, this race is great. It’s really well done, and that bourbon tasting tent is a wild way to end it!

  27. I LOVE relays and this is definitely on my bucket list. I ran Hood to Coast and since then have done a few Ragnars. This year, I am captain for a couple more Ragnars. No one tells you how addicting they become!!

  28. Safari says:

    I did Ragnar DC, last year. We decided to go HARD or go home and did the Ultra…1 van instead of 2…6 runs, each…instead of 3. The only way to explain it to non-runners…and to runners…we were just flat out NUTS!!! No other logical explanation for why we would think that was a great idea lol It was tough…but fun but toward the end I was cussing myself OUT…”what the HECK were YOU thinking!?!?!” Yeah…those my cuss words. lol

    did I mention, I can’t wait to do it again? 😉

    • MB MB says:

      FitMomma – I wish Christine was replying because she did that last Bourbon Chase, and she was the only girl! You ladies are a whole other level of awesome!
      And we do the same thing, hate it, and then ask when we can do it again!

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