Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ragnar Relay - Gaylords by the Dozen!

When times are tough, what do you do? You GO BIG, You RALLY, you FOCUS, you PULL TOGETHER, and GIVE IT EVERYTHING YOU'VE GOT! When you come from a family of 10 children, you need a pretty big project to RALLY around. Well the 2009 RAGNAR RELAY - California seemed to have all the right ingredients. 187 miles of running along the California coast from Santa Barbara to Dana Point. 12 "team runners" relay day and night down the California coast as fast as possible. We have assembled the first and only ALL family team, "Gaylords by the Dozen" for this historic run down the California coast. The team includes 7 brothers/sisters, 3 nephews/nieces, 2 spouses, along with a family support team of 3.

Team Roster: Terry Gaylord, Randy Gaylord, Tim Gaylord, Mark Gaylord, Peter Gaylord, Topher Gaylord, Kim Gaylord, Travis Gaylord, Colin Gaylord, Courtney Gaylord, Sarah Gaylord Williams, Ron Williams.

Team Support/Coaching: Laura Gaylord, Marny Gaylord, Tina Graham.

Team Start Time: 12:00pm Friday, April 24th, 2009

Terry as the "most seasoned" member of the team, will lead us out from Santa Barbara and Colin, as the "sprouting bud" member of the team, will bring us home into the finish at Dana Point.

Ragnar was a 9th century Norse King. He was a pirate, a raider, a conqueror, an explorer, and a wild man. The tough, fearless, rugged attributes of this Norse King are shared by all who participate in a Ragnar Relay. In much the same way, a Ragnar Relay provides runners the freedom to roam, to explore - a free-spirited curiosity to get out there and experience outdoor adventure. And as a family, we will RALLY, PULL TOGETHER, FOCUS, and GIVE IT EVERYTHING WE'VE GOT!

Follow the team's progress live on our Twitter feeds posted on our site. You can also see more info on the event at:

Long live the Ragnar in us all!


Chad in the AZ Desert said...


Found my way over from Dean. Congratulations! THAT is a family vacation. I don't think I could get more than one or two of my large family to even try that race. That had to be such a special family experience.

Anonymous said...

Hi Topher

Im Jonathan Steele, Race Director of the Hardmoors Ultra 110, a 110 miler (6000metres of ascent) run over the Cleveland Way in Northern England. I would like to offer you a free place in the 2nd edition of our race, the race is held on the 25/26/27 September 2009, the record is just over 25 hours, (there for the taking!!)
Jez Bragg will be doing the Prize Presentations

cheers Jon Steele
sure I will see you at this years TMB

German Alonso said...

I know you from long time ago because your friend Dean but your blog is new for me.

What an experience with your family! You are lucky guy because you´re doing what you love and enjoy yours.

Keep it up and continue eating kilometers. Hugs from Madrid, Spain. Germán.