Blanding runners took top honors at Las Vegas Ragnar
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A group of runners from Blanding took top honors among high school teams, and finished seventh overall of 485 teams at the 2013 Las Vegas Ragnar Relay. They are Braden Meyers, Christian Sherrow, Matthew Lewis, Spencer Beck, Cole Chamberlain, Chase Chamberlain, Max Morley, Sammy Pugh, Patten Black, Teancum Chamberlain, Ammon Teare, Wil Tohsonii and Thomas Hook. 

A few of these young men had a dream and a goal to run a Ragnar Relay. They took the initiative and started to build a strong team. They looked to the San Juan High cross country team and built from there.   They gathered 12 teammates that were able to run up to 10 miles at a time, since the Ragnar race is a 187-mile relay race. They arrived in Las Vegas for their biggest competition ever,  with more than 5,000 other runners.  

The Ragnar race started at 4 a.m. Every 30 minutes, a new set of teams would start the race. The local team was set to run at 1:30 p.m. in the last heat. This heat included three  high schools and nine other teams that are very experienced in Ragnar racing. It is also the fastest heat.

Their goal was to keep up with the team the boys had seen on YouTube called the Nevernudes, a team that runs about eight Ragnars a year. Matt Lewis set the pace on a 7-mile steep downhill leg, putting the team in fourth place overall and a lead over the other high school teams. The goal was to be in the top three of all the high school teams.

The runners kept running all day and night and started to pass teams that had started as early as 5:30 a.m.

One runner, Max Morley, had never ran 10 miles before and was added to the team hours before the race began. Max ran 10 miles uphill at 2 a.m. and never once stopped. This was definitely an endurance race, and the 12 boy’s efforts were rewarded at the finish line, with a top finish in the high school division. The next closest high school team finished 4.5 hours later.

Overall, they came in seventh out of 485 teams. In addition to the boys, those who helped with the race include Toniee Lewis, James Lewis, Timathy Chamberlain, Isaac Chamberlain, Darcie Chamberlain’s parents, Spencer Lewis, Holly Walker, Ryan and Brenda Heck,  and the parents of the runners.

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