The Adventures of VueNation at Ragnar Wasatch Back 2015

At HireVue we are big on sponsoring events that are important to our team members and bring them closer together. This year many Vuers mentioned they wanted to get a Ragnar team together. HireVue said yes, the race fees were paid, and the team was organized.

Last Friday 12 very adventurous Vuers ran and completed the Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back race. For those of you who have no idea what that means (or are too lazy to click on the link), here is a brief explanation: 

  • Ragnar Relay Series is the largest running relay series in the world, with 15 races in the United States and Canada, and an additional 12 trail relays. 
  • Consists of 200 (ish) miles, 36 legs, and 12 runners 
  • Wasatch Back was the first Ragnar and started in 2003 with 18 teams. This year 950 teams competed. 

You are probably thinking "Why would anyone want to do this?" Well here are a few things that make Ragnar unique: 

  • Each team gets to select a creative team name (obviously we called ourselves VueNation)
  • Teams deck out their vans with some awesome decorations
  • Kills - this means you keep track of how many runners you pass during the entire race. 
  • Sweet medals
  • Costumes - runners dress up in super hero costumes, dresses, speedos, tutus, etc. 
  • Variety between every leg of the run. Some are flat, hills, dirt, asphalt, city, forest, etc. 

Our HireVue team had a blast running the race. Everyone completed their legs and no one was seriously injured. They finished all 200 miles in 33 hours. Afterwards our runners nominated each other for various awards from the race. 

Karl: Van 1 Driver - Most Selfless Co-Worker

Karl not only donated his 12 passenger van, he also drove the entire time. Thanks for volunteering to stay up for 33 hours straight and drive sweaty and smelly co-workers around 3 mountain ranges. 

Phil: Legs 1, 13, and 25 - Best Bear Rug on His Chest

Phil ran every leg with his shirt off. He also posted the most selfies during the entire race. 

Byron: Legs 2, 14, and 26 - Most Prepared Runner

Byron was ready for everything - pain meds, water, and body glide were just a few of the essentials he packed. He definitely had the largest bag in the group. 

Kevin: Legs 3, 15, and 27 - Assassin Award (Most Kills) 

Kevin blew past the competition. He had the most combined kills for the group. Kevin rocked it!

Evan: Legs 4, 16, and 28 - Best Training Plan

Evan's training plan for Ragnar consisted of not running at all but doing the following two things: 

1. Walking up the stairs to work

2. Not drinking soda.....while at work

However, his training plan must have paid off because he ran wicked fast for the majority of the race. 

Kylir: Legs 5, 17, and 29 - Best (Worst) Navigator

Apparently Kylir had some difficulty navigating the team to the correct exchange points. However, Kylir rocked an 8 mile leg that took him to the top of the first mountain pass. 

Tyler: Legs 6, 18, and 30 - Best Parent's House

When Van 1 finished their first set, Tyler casually mentioned that his parent's house was only 5 minutes away. So they headed over and were able to shower, rest, and watch a movie in their theater. 

John: Legs 7, 19, and 31 - Mountain Man (AKA "Why are you still smiling?") Award

John's final leg was 10 miles uphill with a total elevation gain of 2608 ft. He was a beast and conquered the hill in about 2 1/2 hours. Through the whole thing John was smiling. He even did a happy dance when he received his extra medal for running the hardest leg ever for any Ragnar race. 

Marty: Legs 8, 20, and 32 - CFO (Chief Fast Officer)

On one leg Marty was running so fast that Van 2 couldn't catch up due to traffic. Marty got to the exchange point and just kept on running until the van showed up and they switched runners. 

Eric: Legs 9, 21, and 32 - Best Sleeper and the "WTF did I get myself into?" Award

Eric's first leg was 8 miles uphill. After he finished his leg he fell asleep in the van and didn't wake up until his next run. He was pretty injured afterwards but he kept going and finished all his legs. Nice job, Eric!

Daniel: Legs 10, 22, and 34 - Best Attitude Award

This picture doesn't show it, but Daniel had the best attitude during the whole race. He was always smiling and positive. He also did an awesome job running. 

Zach: Legs 11, 23, and 35 - CPO (Chief Puking Officer) 

Zach started out too fast on his first leg and regretted it afterwards. After about 3 miles in he had to stop for 10 minutes and throw up before he could continue on. 

Brett: Legs 12, 24, and 36 - Slow the Eff Down Award

Brett's last leg took him into the finish line. The tradition for Ragnar is to have the whole team run in at the finish line together. Brett had so much speed from coming down a steep hill that he just blew past the team and kept on running. As you can see from the picture, everyone was so sore from running that they couldn't keep up. 

The team had a blast running the race. This year the team only consisted of men. Unfortunately no women volunteered to run the race. Hopefully next year we can convince enough women to run so we can have a mixed team. 

Even with the lack of women, we had some great diversity within the Ragnar team. We had runners from Engineering, Sales, Marketing, HR, and Customer Success. We even had two of our executives, Marty and Kevin, run as well. 

Check out what some of the runners had to say about the event:

I could use more sleep but I enjoyed every minute of it.
— Byron
AMAZING weekend - This is definitely something everyone should experience. It’s challenging, it’s inspiring, and sometimes you start wondering if you can really do it - but with the support of the team and with all the beautiful scenery and positive energy around, it was completely worth it and definitely something I’ll always remember.
— Phil
Awesome time getting to know the people I work with on a personal and professional level. I feel privileged and humbled to spend time with the co-workers that I don’t work directly with, but when we have a goal, we work together and get it done. This is kind of how HireVue works and why are successful.
— Daniel

Great job team! Way to represent HireVue and VueNation. We are proud of you and can't wait for next year!