The Reebok Ragnar Reach The Beach (RTB) Relay is one of the oldest and longest running relay races in the United States. The event begins at the Bretton Woods Ski area with the course taking teams through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, past fields, lakes, mountaintop vistas, ultimately finishing along the Atlantic coastline at Hampton Beach State Park – NH.
In completing the total distance of 204 miles, the race takes over a day to finish. Each runner runs an average of 17 miles. For most of our students, their first RTB is also their first experience running anywhere near this kind of distance. For the last six years, Dublin has sent mixed student/faculty teams to run the race. We believe that we are always the youngest team in the race and the only high school to compete.
Despite high humidity and warm temps, Dubliners ran over 200 miles to raise money for the NH State Parks. Team Dublin School placed 26th out of 148 teams competing in the Freestyle category with a total time of 30 hours and 30 minutes.
Dublin Senior Aidan Carter (Mattituck, NY) found the challenge " a lot easier than I thought it would be. The hardest part was leading up to the runs... getting over the anxiety of facing long legs. After I gave up control of the variables that I couldn't control and just ran, everything was alright."
He felt that everyone at school should do it someday. "It's a great opportunity to have time to yourself. A lot different than time in your room. It's a very meditative experience. Kind of surreal. We often get pushed out of our comfort zone at Dublin. But it isn't always apparent. At Reach the Beach you know you are out of your comfort zone right away. But then you finish a leg, sprinting to the finish. I would open up my running app (I am a product of my generation) and see the elevation gain and my time and I would see all the training paying off."
The physical challenge is obvious, but what may be less so, is the logistical and basic challenges of supporting runners as they cycle in and out of the race. A 12 member team is also a two van movable feast that must always be racing ahead of the current runner - rehydrating, feeding and recharging spent runners as they await their next leg. Each van becomes a mini-community of sustenance, laughter, exhaustion, and cheerleading.
- Grady Allen (Shepherdstown, WV)
- Alex Antonellis (Harwich, MA)
- Ian Baker (Boston, MA)
- Sean Brown (Hampton Falls, NH)
- Aidan Carter (Mattituck, NY)
- Faith Lewis (Bennington, NH)
- Bob Paltrineri (Keene, NH)
- Quinn Wilson (Dublin, NH)
- Will Cornell
- Marguerite Ladd
- Holly Macy
- Eric Nemitz
Six years and still running!