Activities

  • Regular Team (8 people) - Team Captain
  • Regular Team (8 people) - Team member
  • Ultra Team (4 people) - Team Captain
  • Ultra Team (4 people) - Team member

Description

Ragnar Trail, is a one-of-a-kind overnight relay race for teams of eight friends (or four ultra-running friends). Teammates alternate running three uniquely beautiful trail loops until each person has completed the three trails which total approximately 24 kilometers.

When you're not soaking up Mother Nature on the trails, you'll be camping overnight at Ragnar Village where you can expect food, s'mores, bonfires, entertainment and a nonstop festival atmosphere. The goal of Ragnar is to conquer something hard while playing even harder. So gather seven up-for-anything friends and pack your running shoes, tent, twinkle lights and maybe even a tutu and find your inner WILD at the Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley-SYD.

Located at the Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventure facility, a one hour drive north of Sydney CBD, Ragnarians will find a gorgeous 3000+ acre wilderness property. This venue features wooded trails perfect for running and plush grass great for camping as teams experience the magic of Ragnar Village. Teams run relay-style on "green", "yellow", and "red" loops as they meander through the forest past rivers, streams and ponds. At night as the sun sets, the celebration comes alive under a bed of stars where you will enjoy campfires, s'mores, movies and a party atmosphere.

Event details and schedule

  1. THE VENUE

 

The venue for Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley is Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, which is located at 69 Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley NSW 2250. Glenworth Valley is a one-hour’s drive from Sydney, one hour from Newcastle and just twenty-minutes from Gosford.

 

At Glenworth Valley Ragnarian’s will find a gorgeous 3000+ acre wilderness property. This venue features wooded trails perfect for running and plush grass great for camping as teams experience the magic of Ragnar Village. The website for Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is www.glenworth.com.au.

 

1A. Getting to Glenworth Valley

 

a)     Travelling North from Sydney on the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway (M1)

 

Located just one hour’s drive from the centre of Sydney, Glenworth Valley is the perfect escape from the city. When travelling North bound on the M1, at 14km North of the Brooklyn Bridge take the Calga/Peats Ridge exit. The Glenworth Valley turnoff (Cooks Road) is 3km from the Peats Ridge Exit (along Peats Ridge Road).

 

Below are some key signs that you’ll need to follow along the way.

 

              

 

b)     Travelling South from Gosford and Newcastle on the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway (M1)

 

2km after the Mooney Mooney Bridge take the Calga/Peats Ridge exit on the left. The Glenworth Valley turnoff (Cooks Road) is 4km after the Peats Ridge exit (along Peats Ridge Road).

 

Below are some key signs that you’ll need to follow along the way.

              

 

c)     GPS Navigation 

 

When using a GPS (Navman, Garmin, Tom Tom etc.) to drive to Glenworth Valley, you will need to enter the address as “Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley” (do NOT input “Glenworth Valley” only).

 

CLICK HERE for driving directions to Glenworth Valley.

 

d)     Public Transport

 

If you need to use public transport to get to Glenworth Valley, the closest train station is Gosford. On arrival at Gosford you will need to then catch a taxi to Glenworth Valley, which is approximately a $50 fare each way.

 

e)     Venue Access 

 

Glenworth Valley is a privately owned property. Access to and from the venue will restricted from certain hours during the night. This means that during this time, participants will not be able to access or depart from the venue. Details will be updated when finalised.

 

  1. EVENT SCHEDULE

 

Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley 2018 is held from October 27-28, 2018 with check-in and camp set up available from 3pm on Friday October 26. Below is the top-line schedule for the 2018 event, which will be added to with additional details over the coming months.

 

Friday October 26, 2018

 

Friday afternoon is all about check-in, camp set up and making your first visit to Ragnar Village to enjoy the music, games, bonfire, s’mores, sponsor booths and food options (more info soon).

 

Start Time

Finish Time

Details

3.00pm

10.00pm

Arrivals, parking and camping set-up.

3.00pm

10.00pm

Safety video and check-in open in village.

5.00pm

12.00pm

Ragnar Village is open with music, games, food, and sponsors.

7.18pm

-

Sunset

7.30pm

12.00pm

Bonfire and S’mores

 

Saturday October 27, 2018

 

It’s game on today! The first wave starts get underway at 7am and will be the first people to ever participate in a Ragnar event in Australia. Exciting!

 

Start Time

Finish Time

Details

6.00am

-

Sunrise

7.00am

5.00pm

Venue Open for Participant Arrival

7.00am

 

Ragnar Village Open

7.00am

11.00am

Breakfast Sales (Food Vendors)

7.00am

12.00pm

Team Check-In and Safety Video

7.00am

10.00pm

Ragnar Gear Store open

7.00am

-

First Teams Wave Start

11.00am

4.00pm

Lunch Sales (Food Vendors)

11.00am

10.00pm

Beer Sales

3.00pm

-

Last Teams Wave Start

5.00pm

10.00pm

Dinner Service (included for all participants)

7.19pm

-

Sunset

7.30pm

10.00pm

Bonfire and Free S’mores

8.00pm

10.00pm

Ragnar Village Entertainment

10.00pm

6.00am

Limited Food Sales

 

Sunday October 28, 2018      

 

Start Time

Finish Time

Details

5.59am

-

Sunrise

7.00am

11.00am

Breakfast Sales (Food Vendors)

8.00am

5.00pm

Ragnar Gear Store Open

11.00am

5.00pm

Lunch and Beer Sales

2.00pm

-

Last Runners Allowed out on course.

4.00pm (ish)

-

End of Event.

7.00pm

-

All participants off-site (including pack down of all camp-sites)

 

  1. WAVE STARTS

 

All teams will be allocated a wave start time. Wave start times will be determined by the average pace that a team indicates in the registration forms. Teams indicating the slowest average pace will be allocated the first wave starts to allow the maximum time possible to complete the course. The first wave start is 7am on Saturday October 27. Teams with fastest average pace will be allocated the last wave start times, which will start no later than 3pm on Saturday October 27.

 

Wave start times for all teams will be confirmed following the close of registrations (September 30, 2018). The time between each wave start will be determined based on the total number of team registrations. Once confirmed all start times will be posted on the event website and sent to all participants via eNewsletter.

 

The first runner for each team must be at the transition tent no less than 15 minutes prior to their wave start. All teams who have been allocated a Start Time before 10am on Saturday October 27 must check-in on Friday October 26.

 

  1. FACILITIES

 

a)     Toilets: Portable Toilets are available on-site for the duration of the event and accessible by all participants and supporters.

 

b)     Showers: There are no permanent showers available on-site at Glenworth Valley. We are exploring the option for a set of temporary showers in the Ragnar Village, which will be accessible to participants on a user pays basis. More information will be updated in the Runners Packet once details are confirmed.

 

c)     Power: There is no power to campsites and under no circumstances are participants allowed to bring and operate generators in the Ragnar camp village. We recommend you bring solar or battery powered lamps and torches on site to assist with night vision.

 

d)     Phone Charging: A central phone charging unit will be available in the main Ragnar Village and is available for use by all participants. This is FREE to use, but, it will no doubt be popular and please expect some wait times. Those Ragnar selfies chew into your battery life! Outside of this we recommend you bring a battery recharger as a back-up.

 

  1. FOOD AND DRINK

 

You won’t go hungry or thirsty at Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley.

 

a)      Bring Your Own – Participants are welcome to bring your own food and snacks for Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley. In our US events some people go all about and bring their own gas BBQ (no wood or charcoal BBQ’s allowed) to feed their hungry team across the event. Bring an esky with your favourite drinks to keep you cool.

 

b)     Food and Drink Vendors – food vendors will be on-site from Friday October 26 – Sunday October 28 with a variety of tasty food options and non-alcoholic beverages for you to purchase. Details of food vendors and menu options will be updated in this Runners Packet as they are confirmed.

 

c)      Saturday Night Meal – All participants will receive a meal on Saturday night, served on-site at Glenworth Valley. This “pasta buffet” style meal will keep you warm and energized. The meal is FREE for all registered participants and will be served between the hours of 5pm and 10pm to ensure all participants have a chance to grab a meal.

 

d)     Beer Sales – Beer sales will be available at selected times on Saturday and Sunday of the event.

 

e)      Water – water trucks will be on-site for you to access fresh drinking water and fill up your hydration packs.

 

  1. PARKING

 

Parking is available on-site at Glenworth Valley for a flat fee of $25 per vehicle (cash payments only) for the event period inclusive of Friday October 26 to Sunday October 26. Parking is available in the dedicated Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley parking area only and vehicles are not permitted to park anywhere else within the Glenworth Valley property. Any vehicles parked outside of the designated parking area may be removed by the venue owners.

 

There is no car parking beside participant camp sites. No vehicles whatsoever are allowed within the camp village. Participants must park within the designated parking area only and transfer camping equipment to the camp-site, which is adjacent to the parking area.

 

The Parking lot is around 200 metres from the village if you need access to your vehicle during event hours. That said, make sure that you take everything that you need with you when you arrive to save having to go back and forth. This is easy to achieve, as you only really need your camping gear, snacks and food, warm clothes, headlamps, and running gear to make it through the race. A Security guard will be on-site at the parking lot during unstaffed, overnight hours.

 

Anything other than a regular sized vehicle will not be allowed in the Ragnar parking area. (RVs, Caravans and Camper Trailers will not be allowed in general parking. Please read Section 9 for more information on RV’s Caravans and Camper Trailers).

 

  1. GLAMPING

 

Glamping will be offered for Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley. Details are being finalized and will be updated in this Runners Packet and the event website when confirmed.

 

Glamping includes Friday and Saturday night camping and includes at a minimum (for a Standard Team) four x 2-man tents, 8 camp chairs, 8 stretcher beds, camp table and access to dedicated toilet facilities and phone charging station for Glamping participants only.

 

Glamping will be available for check-in from 3pm on Friday October 26, 2018.

 

Glamping participants will still be required to bring all of your running equipment, food (if desired), sleeping bag and pillow and any additional items that you individually require for your own comfort and participation.

 

  1. GENERAL CAMPING

 

Camping on Friday and Saturday nights in the Ragnar Village is included in your registration fee. This includes camping for all of your team and support crew (family and friends).

 

Here’s some handy tips to keep in mind for your camp site preparation and set up.

 

  • Each team campsite should be restricted to a 100m2 footprint (no more than 10m x 10m) inclusive of all tents, tables, chairs, shelter, BBQ’s and whatever else you bring.
  • There is no camping on the marked course and walkways through the camp village.
  • You’ll need to bring all of your own camping gear to set up on-site. With the exception of the Ragnar Glamping offering, there is no hire of general camp equipment via Ragnar for this event.
  • There is no power for camp-sites, however, there are strictly NO GENERATORS allowed in the camp village. Bring some battery or solar powered lights with you as part of your camping equipment.
  • Anything other than a tent (i.e. caravans, camper trailers, RV’s) and normal camping equipment will not be allowed in the Ragnar camping area.
  • There are no dogs, or other pets, allowed anywhere at the event, including the Ragnar camp village.
  • Teams may select their campsite upon arrival (first come, first served) however, you cannot reserve a campsite prior to the event, nor can you pay to allocate a specific area during the event. Camp sites are selected on a first come, first serve basis. If you are very specific about your campsite location, we encourage you to arrive at 3pm on Friday October 26 to secure your best campsite.
  • Quiet hours for the campsite are 12am – 6am. No loud talking or music playing during these hours.
  • NO parking is allowed in the Village, camping, along any road or in the area because we are obligated to keep lanes open for emergencies. Any vehicle found unattended in these areas will be towed and your team may incur penalties.
  • There are NO OPEN FIRES allowed in the camp site.

 

a)     Best Decorated Campsite Award

 

Get creative with your campsite! An award will be given for the best decorated team campsite and almost anything goes: tents, canopies, camping chairs, kiddie pools full of Kool-Aid, mascots, Karaoke machines, margarita machines, team mascots, whatever! Don’t hold back, don’t forget to integrate some Ragnar logos or references, and have a lot of fun with it!

 

b)     What to Pack

 

We’ll be preparing (and sharing with you) a Ragnar Trail packing guide to help you sort out everything you need for your Ragnar Trail campsite in the coming weeks.

 

  1. RV’S, CARAVANS AND TRAILERS

 

RV’s Caravans and Trailers are allowed on-site at Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley, however, you must complete a Reservation form for an RV, caravan or camper trailer. If you do not have an RV, caravan or camper trailer reservation you may not bring your RV, caravan or camper trailer. Upon arrival at the Glenworth Valley, event staff will direct those with reservations to their appropriate space.

 

Participants utilizing an RV, Caravan or Camper Trailer will be located in a designated area for the exclusive use of RV, Caravans or Camper Trailers only. Note that team members not sleeping in the RV, caravan or camper trailer cannot set up tents in this area and those team members will have to set up tents in the general camp village, meaning that you will be in separate locations from any team members sleeping in tents. There are no general team tents to be set up in the RV, caravan or camper trailer area and there is absolutely no exception to this rule for safety reasons. Any team found to be setting up tents for participants not using the RV, caravan or camper trailer will be disqualified from the event.

 

There are no powered sites available in the RV, Caravan or Camper Trailer area and each unit must be self-powered. No external generators are permitted in the site and vehicles may not be “running” in the RV, Caravan or Camper Trailer village once parked. RV’s will be subject to the $25 parking fee attributable to on-site parking and vehicles attached to the Caravan and/or camper trailer will also be subject to the $25 parking fee. There is no additional fee for the additional caravan or trailer.

 

A RV, caravan or trailer booking form can be requested by emailing hello@runragnar.com.au.

 

  1. MASSAGE/RECOVERY

 

Massage services will be available on-site at the event on Saturday and Sunday of the race. Details are being finalized and will be updated in this Runners Packet when confirmed. Massage will be on a user pays basis.

 

  1. SUPPORTERS

 

Your family and friends are welcome to attend Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley with you to cheer you on and assist in your efforts. They can camp on-site, however, the footprint of your camp site must not expand beyond the allowed 100m2 per team. There is no charge for supporters on-site, however, any additional vehicles parked on-site will be subject to the standard parking fees and supporters will not have access to the free meal on Saturday night. They will be able to purchase from the on-site food vendors.

 

Supporters, family and friends are not permitted to be on any of the run course with you at any time.

 

  1. VENUE LAYOUT

 

Ragnar Village is the heart and soul of the Ragnar Trail Relay. Each trail loop begins and ends in the Ragnar Village. It is the start line, the finish line, and the exchange point. After each loop you will return to the support of your teammates and the adulation of the teams around you. The Village includes live entertainment, bonfires and s’mores, Ragnar Gear Store, Event HQ, sponsor activations, food trucks, Saturday night meal, games and more!

Below is the venue layout (subject to change) for Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley 2018.

 

 

  1. THE COURSE

 

The course at Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley takes in the incredible beauty of this 3,000-acre property. Featuring wooded single trails and graded fire trails this course is fun and suitable for runners of all abilities. There’s no arduous vertical climbs as you scamper up a mountainside and you’re not going to be on hands and knees or anything like that at Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley. The course is undulating and there’s sections that will challenge you, but nothing that you can’t conquer. General descriptions of each of the loops are listed below along with an overall course map for the event. All three loops begin and end at the Ragnar Village.

 

Typography and detailed course maps will be completed and updated by mid-May.

 

a)      Green Loop (6km ish) – the first Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley loop is the Green Loop which takes runners to the North of the main Ragnar Camp Village for a scenic run through the wooded fire trails, which are normally used for guided horse tours. You’ll run through a canopy of lush rainforest along-side the running waters of the nearby stream for the first half of the loop. After a small out and back section you’ll take a hard right circa the half way mark and you’ll head UP on a short, but challenging climb which will begin your travels back to the Ragnar Village. From high on the track you’ll have fantastic views of Glenworth Valley and know that once you’re at the top, it’s all downhill from there. The track is a little technical in places and you’ll need to pay attention on the top half for some small rocks and tree roots. The course is well marked for any hazards, so don’t worry! The track opens up to the main headquarters for Glenworth Valley where you’ll pass the horse stables (and the hundreds of horses who will be looking at you rather strangely!) and back to Ragnar Village for high-5’s and unbridled adulation.

 

b)     Yellow Loop (8km ish) – the yellow loop takes runners in a South-Westerly direction along main fire trails on the Western side of Glenworth Valley. You’ll get a great rhythm on this section. It’s undulating, but with clean, wide trails. The course includes a lot of contra-flow sections meaning you’ll see plenty of your fellow runners heading in both directions. A great social run course! The width of the majority of the course means that’s there’s plenty of room for passing in both directions. So, if you’re a little faster, don’t stress, there’s plenty of room for everyone The course deviates from the main fire trail in sections that take you alongside the creek for some narrower single track (single direction) and up and down the ridge to wooded fire trails with some technical sections for variety and challenge.

 

c)      Red Loop (11km ish) – It may be marked as the red loop, as the hardest loop, however in terms of difficulty the red and yellow loop are very similar. This is marked the red loop as it is the longest. Like the yellow loop the red loop is undulating with a mix of wide, graded trails and sections of single track under a canopy of rainforest. At the half way mark the course opens up into a wide open grass plain which you will run around the perimeter of before making your way in the return direction to Ragnar Village. Like the yellow loop there are sections of the course where runners will be heading in both directions, however, again like the yellow loop, these sections are wide and easy to pass on. There’s some challenging pinches on this loop and your legs will know all about it, especially if it’s your last loop!

 

A course overview map is shown below.

 

  1. ARRIVALS PROCESS

 

Here’s the flow, and what you need to know, for when you arrive on-site at Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley.

 

a)     Parking

  • Upon entering the venue, please follow signs to parking. You will be stopped at the front of the parking lot to pay the parking fee. You will receive a parking pass for the event.
  • The parking lot is attended and you will be guided to a designated parking area for your vehicle. You must park as instructed by the parking attendants.
  • Safely unpack your camping gear and walk it over to your chosen campsite. The parking area is a short walk from the campsite, but between all of your team it won’t be that arduous to transfer your gear to the campsite. If you want to bring a small trolley (not a supermarket trolley!) to help with your transportation of your gear from your car to your campsite, that is a great idea!

b)     Campsite Set Up

You can set up your campsite before or after you watch the safety briefing video and check-in at Ragnar HQ. If you choose to set up your campsite before the safety video and check-in be sure to familiarize yourself with the camp village set up rules before establishing camp. See Section 8 for all of the details.

c)     Safety


Before you go to HQ to check in, your entire team must watch a 10-minute safety video. After you have watched the video please have only one member of your team go to HQ to get your team's bib, food tickets, shirt tickets, and other goodies.

 

d)     Check-in

 

Check in is open on Friday October 26 night from 3pm - 10pm and starting again from 7am on Friday. If your wave start is not prior to 10am on Saturday and you don’t have time to check-in Friday night, no worries, as check-in will flow smoothly until the 12pm on Saturday. Before you are allowed to check-in, your whole team must watch the above mentioned 10-minute safety video. After your whole team watches the safety video, only the Team Captain is required to check-in at the HQ Tent to pick up the bib, Saturday night meal tickets and shirt tickets. Volunteers and staff will guide you through this process in the village.

To help with the check in process it is very helpful if you know your team number. This helps greatly in the arrival process and keeps the lines moving. Team numbers will be confirmed once event registrations close on September 30, 2018 and will be sent to all team captains.

 

  1. DEPARTURES PROCESS

 

After a weekend of adventure, it will sadly be time to go home. We ask that you please follow our procedures to ensure a smooth exit from Ragnar Trail Glenworth Valley. There is no camping or parking on-site on Sunday October 28, 2018.

 

All campsites must be packed down and all parked vehicles off-site by 7pm on Sunday October 27, 2018.

Here’s the process that we ask all teams to follow:

 

  • Please clean up after yourselves and leave your campsite the same (or better) than you found it. This really helps our staff out when we do a trash sweep after the race. DO NOT leave any of your camping gear behind. This is not a music festival and we expect appropriate behavior from our participants with regards to camp-site pack down and cleanliness.
  • You can commence pack down as soon as you have finished your race. If you finish before the end of the allocated time for the race (4pm on Sunday) you can pack down and leave the site as you choose. Please be mindful of teams still participating and do not block any walkways or marked course areas during your pack down.

Once you have packed down your site, transport it to your vehicle for packing and you can depart the parking area once you are ready to go. Please follow the instructions of staff or attendants as needed.

Organised by

Ragnar Oceania

Suite 5, The Entrance Road, Erina

Phone: 0000 0000

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