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Ragnar Relay Race takes off from Huntington Beach

April 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Southlanders are taking part in the fifth annual Ragnar Relay Race, known not so much for runners' speed but who dons the best costume.

The two-day, one-night relay kicked off in Huntington Beach just after 5 a.m. Friday and will last through the day into Saturday until runners get all the way to Coronado Island.

Some teams wore matching track jackets, while others went as far as wearing matching pink tutus with sparkly pompoms. Teams conjured up creative names including the Vino Vixens, Misters and Sisters with Blisters, Team Sparkle, Green Leggs and Ham-Strings, You've Been Chicked by Dudes in Pink and the Running Dead.

About 6,500 runners making up 582 teams signed up for this year's Ragnar Relay Race. The team members take turns breaking up the track, which covers a total of 203.5 miles. From the Huntington Beach State Park starting line, runners will weave through Anaheim, Carlsbad, Del Mar and La Jolla to make it to the finish line.

The race route takes runners past Angels Stadium in Anaheim and Lego Land Drive in Carlsbad. Runners will also be privy to views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains to the east.

When the relay reaches the hot Inland Empire leg of the course, some runners said they may opt for a wardrobe change, as temps are expected to reach the mid 90s.

Ragnar Relay Races started back in 2004 in Utah, but the race in Southern California is the second largest in the country.