The Ragnar Relay!

Hey Friends!

So first of all, I am such a proud wife after this weekend. Carson ran the Ragnar Relay in Las Vegas with the Zappos team! Let me explain how the Ragnar works.  The race is 188 miles long and lasts about 24 hrs.  Each team member has three legs of the race and the legs vary in difficulty. In between a runners leg, they hop in the team van and drive to the next exchange point.  From what I hear that was the best time to catch some zzz’s.

This is what Ragnar describes it as…

“You and 11 of your closest friends running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style, through some of the most scenic terrain North America could muster. Add in crazy runners, inside jokes and a mild case of sleep deprivation. The result? Some call it a slumber party without sleep, pillows or deodorant. We call it a Ragnar Relay.”

Carson’s team started about 1 pm on Friday and He did his first leg around 3 pm and ran hard in the heat!   I decided to volunteer at one of the major exchanges so I threw on an orange Ragnar T Shirt and guided runners to the exchange.  Lucky for me, Carson’s team was waiting at the same exchange for their runner.  I got hang out with him for a bit from about 9 pm-1 am till he left to the next exchange.

peek at my orange volunteer shirt:)

Taking a seat at my volunteer spot:)  Isn’t he good looking?

His next run was around 2 am! Yikes! I would have passed out and slept on the road.  I later heard from his team that Carson totally shredded his runs! He was so fast! I was beaming with pride:) He completed his last leg around 3 pm on Saturday and I met him at the finish line with his team at about 6 pm.  He was pooped! I was glad my shows were cancelled this weekend so I could be there and cheer him on as his team came running in!

Crossing the finish line! (see him in the white headband?)

Blurry but you still get the picture:)

That is such an accomplishment and was a big check off Carson’s bucket list! I am so proud of him for pushing his body and mind through a tough race! We spent that evening soaking in the hot tub and rolling out his sore muscles.  He couldn’t walk down the stairs the next day! Pain and all, he did awesome and inspired me to make my own goals and start checking things off my bucket list! Maybe someday I can run the Ragnar with Carson or go all out with a marathon! whoa….maybe not a marathon but we’ll see:)

Have you ever been inspired by those around you?

What’s are your bucket list?


Jessie Ann



  • Chantel Tripp
    October 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Looove! Lets run one together! Ohh and I just started my legit bucket list last night! #1. Buy a one way ticket to London and plan to be gone around the world for a month!

  • Bryton
    October 25, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Carson that awesome possum! That 2 AM run would have been a sleep walk for me. And so cute of you to help out. Love you guys!

  • kristen
    October 25, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Carson is awesome, I want to do a Ragnar SO bad! You two should run the Moab half with Mike and I this March! 🙂

    • jessie.james
      October 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      he seriously is the man! i was so proud!

  • Pure2raw twins
    October 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    congrats to Carson!

    • jessie.james
      October 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Thank you! I will be sure to tell him!

  • Shealyn Moon
    October 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    How fun! I am so glad that I got to see you! Good job to Carson and for you being the best supporter! What are the chances that one of the few times I’m in Las Vegas, I run into you!

    • jessie.james
      October 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      So crazy that we ran into each other amongst all those people! good to see you and congrats to you as well!


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