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Ragnar Relay Great Midwest is coming through Racine County from Friday through Saturday, with an anticipated 450 teams registering for this year’s event. That means no more than 5,400 runners will be on the race course at any given time.

The 200-mile running relay, consisting of 36 relay legs, starts in Waukegan, IL on Friday and ends in Madison, WI on Saturday. As of 1 p.m. today, they have 296 teams registered consisting of 3,234 runners tackling the two-day course. The teams will be provided with staggered start times, one hour apart from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start times are spread over a nine hour period to have less impact on local traffic and avoid large groups of runners clustering together.

Typically, the complete group of 450 teams will be spread out over 20 miles, so groups of 8-10 runners at a time are the most concentrated you’ll be seeing Friday afternoon into the evening.

This event is sponsored and managed by Ragnar Events, LLC. Ragnar Events presented its first event, the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back, in Utah USA in 2004. The Ragnar Relay Series, now consisting of 27 events, is the largest series of overnight relays in the world. For more information, see