Ragnar Reach The Beach – 2019

Around this time of year, we are usually preparing for Ragnar ADK. Jess just posted a pic (on Facebook and to your right) of last years crew who camped out in her backyard before the race; this year that tradition of tent city ended as Ragnar decided not to put on the ADK event. The show must go on though so it was decided that our Ragnar for 2019 would be where this whole relay thing began, at the Reach The Beach Race.

Ragnar’s Reach The Beach has a storied history. Per wikipedia, “The relay was started in 1999 by two multisport athletes who wished to bring a multi-day, relay-style race to New England. It is modelled after the grandfather of running relay races, the Hood to Coast relay in Oregon.” The course runs from Bretton Woods to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire. Similar to ADK, the course is a bit hilly but for the most part it’s a downhill course headed toward the shoreline.

We put up three teams this year. The profiles will be loaded to the roster page for archival purposes soon, but for now here’s who we had towing the line on race day!

SHVP Masters Team
1 Stacy Love Cameron
2 Trish Ann Novelli
3 Jaclyn Shokey
4 Kevin Kjonaas
5 Jeremy Dunbar
6 Aaron Zel (Co-Captain)
7 Dan Capron
8 Joseph Burns
9 Steve Reddy
10 Paul Medina
11 Peter Nussbaum
12 Joel Capolongo (Captain)

SHVP Team Ferdinand
1 Jonathan Rieth
2 Melissa Capolongo (Co-Captain)
3 Juliene Eshe Gimbya
4 Leisa Paul Murphy
5 Amber Scott
6 Mikey Dee
Van 2: Heimdall Imbert
7 Nate DeMontigny (Captain)
8 Anne Head
9 Ashley Sherman
10 Dan Kelly
11 Andrew Boynton
12 Rachael Imbert

SHVP Team Diego
Van 1: Driver: Jay Pma
1 Jessica Ryle (Captain)
2 Amanda Lee
3 Jenny Rose
4 Evan O’Brien
5 Nicholas Broat
6 Kara Pellowe
Van 2: Driver: Shana Gypsy Chick
7 Rebecca Smudzinski
8 Samuel Hartman
9 Sheera Witt
10 Adrian Centoni
11 Britt LoSacco (Co-Captain)
12 Michael Harren

Joel was able to pull some preliminary numbers and all three teams did extremely well. This year was our first year running a Masters team out there and they absolutely crushed it. Here’s the info he dug up.

Our Masters Team came in 3rd in the Masters division and 15th overall. Their pace was 7:32 per mile and they finished in the top 3.6% of the overall teams.

Team Diego came in 40th in the Open Mixed division and 114th overall. Their pace was 8:42 per mile and they finished in the top 27.5% of the overall teams.

Team Ferdinand came in 46th in the Open Mixed division and 129th overall. Their pace was 8:50 per mile and they finished in the top 31.1% of the overall teams.

One of the most important numbers is what we were able to raise and donate to our beneficiary, Tamerlaine Sanctuary & Preserve. All said and done, we raised $3,842 for the animals! While we couldn’t race without our sponsors, we couldn’t raise the money we raised without you, the team itself.

We all play a part in this ever expanding family, so thank you for supporting not only Tamerlaine and the animals, but for supporting one another. From old members to new, everyone had a blast as usual. You all got out of your vans and supported your teammates. You clapped and supported other Ragnarians. SHVP is always showing love to everyone on the course.

We are already looking ahead to 2020 and hope to see you all back at the events we are working to get involved in. Thank you again for being there for one another, for fellow runners and most of all your support for the animals and animal liberation. I grabbed photos from tons of you for the album below, I’d thank you all individually but I can’t remember where each photo came from at this point! Enjoy!!

Last but certainly not least, I want to thank all of our sponsors. Thank you to Rock Hill Bakehouse, Berben & Wolffs, Outdoor Herbivore, J.Bar Harwichport, Vegan Outfitter, Burrito Burrito, I Heart Keenwah and Vegan Outdoor Adventures. Your support means the world to us.

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