Picture this: 310km of pavement ahead, sleeping in a van with six other sweaty people, and starting a 10km run at 2am.
Not exactly what most people would envision as an ideal way to spend a weekend but for 12 members of our lululemon family in Toronto, that's exactly what it is.
The Ragnar Relay has come to Canada, and our Toronto team is excited to celebrate their run community by running the 310km from Cobourg to Niagara, along the shores of Lake Ontario.
We’ll be following this amazing 30 hour journey on @lululemonlive and on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels. Here’s a sneak peek at the 12 men and women who are coming together to crush some serious goals.
Meet the team:
Run Ambassador alumni, Key Leader and Community Connector (and the brainpower behind this team)
10k PR time: 39:00
why Ragnar: I love adventure! Running 311km around the lake to Niagara Falls with a bunch of random people racing around the clock? That's my kind of adventure!
one goal you're working towards: Swimming 1500m freestyle in under 30mins by July 21st, 2013.
what you are most proud of in life: Starting a social fitness community called Training Mobs that brought a healthier lifestyle to tens of thousands of people.
Ricardo Araujo, 30
10k PR time: 38:30
what makes you unique: I ran my first 10km race at 8 years old
why Ragnar: Because I have never tried anything like it
one goal you're working towards: run a half marathon in 1:15 (umm, that’s fast)
Educator at lululemon Masonville London, ON, Alumni Run Ambassador
10km PR time: 40 minutes
why Ragnar: An amazing physical, mental and emotional challenge, a wonderful opportunity to connect and run as a team with other super star lemons, and celebrate running in life.
favourite lululemon piece to run in: Run Speed Shorts
one goal you're working towards: at age 50 when my triplet daughters are 18 to run the Dublin marathon with them.
10k PR time: 35:20
what running means to you: Freedom
why Ragnar: I usually don't sleep much on Friday nights anyway
favourite lululemon piece to run in: my lululemon tights. When it becomes as acceptible for men to wear them as casually as women do I'll be all over that.
lululemon Store Manager, Cumberland
10k PR time: 36:15
what makes you unique: My penchant for steak tartare
what running means to you: Peace of mind
what you are most proud of in life: I am proud of my recent effort to create a peace run in Toronto following the events of the Boston Marathon. The run brought together Toronto's running community and was a sign of solidarity within this global community.
10k PR time: 35:55
what makes you unique: This summer, I am the sole Canadian woman competing in the Maccabi triathlon event at the Maccabi Games in Israel.
why Ragnar: Why not?! Beautiful scenery. Good friends. Great running.
what you are most proud of in life: Never giving up on a goal
lululemon run ambassador alumni
10k PR time: 39:33
what running means to you: freedom, focus
why Ragnar: an awesome and amazing experience with incredible people
favourite song to run to: Kanye West - POWER
what you are most proud of in life: Quitting smoking (was a daily smoker for 13 years)
10k PR time: 41:17 – If I break 40 minutes the CEO of my company will buy me a case of Dom Perignon. Boom.
what makes you unique: My never ending energy and positive outlook on life. I am a relentless positive force and try to find the fun in every situation.
what running means to you: Pure love and joy.
Educator at Promenade, Thornhill, ON
10k PR time: 36:10
why Ragnar: I love what I do at lululemon, I have so much fun with the people I work with, and I am absolutely passionate about long distance running - so why not combine all those elements and see what can happen?
what you are most proud of in life: I'm starting my Masters in Physical Therapy at Queen's University in Kingston, ON this September!
10k PR time: 41 min
why Ragnar: I have done lots of 24 hr races, so this seemed like a ton of fun with a great group of people. PUMPED!
one goal you're working towards: Keeping my mind and body fit
favourite song to run to: No noise, run clean!
Emma Darling, 28
Key Leader Queen St Store
10k PR time: 39.53
what makes you unique: I often run to the same song on repeat and I eat kiwis whole, skin and all.
what running means to you: Bliss, and sometimes pain
why Ragnar: Because it's a test of mental capacity and endurance and you do it as a team! #wicked
10k PR time: 42:30
what makes you unique: I survived a South African baboon attack (wha?!?!)
why Ragnar: What better way for a newly minted Ontarian to see the sights than a 2-day, 310km relay race?
one goal you're working towards: getting my pilot's license.