Relay races add the fun of a team sport to the solitude of competitive running. While there are many shorter relay races, Ragnar Relay Great River offers a one-of-a-kind experience that puts it in a league of its own. The 24-hour race covers 200 miles of beautiful Mississippi River scenery from Winona to St. Paul. Teams of six or 12 take turns running multiple legs of the journey, resting and eating in decked-out vans that pick up and drop off runners along the way. This relay is not for the faint of heart, but it’s perfect for extroverted runners who are motivated by others. Aug. 12-13, runragnar.com

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