Big City Mountaineers Partners with Ragnar Trail Series in 2018

Teams running for BCM will raise funds for under-resourced youth to participate in transformational wilderness experiences
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GOLDEN, Colo. -- February 8, 2018 

Big City Mountaineers

(GOLDEN, Colo.) Feb. 8, 2018 – Ragnar Trail Series, the largest overnight running relay series in the world, has chosen Big City Mountaineers (BCM) as a charity partner for three trail races in 2018. The races are set for Snowmass, Colorado (June 8-9), Rainier, Washington (Aug. 24-25), and Northwoods, Wisconsin (Sept. 21-22). Teams running for Big City Mountaineers will raise funds for under-resourced youth to participate in transformational wilderness experiences through BCM’s youth programs.

“Ragnar is a great fit for us, as these races take place in areas of the country where we run our youth programs each summer,” said Bryan Martin, executive director of BCM. “Like our Summit for Someone program, registering to run a Ragnar race for BCM encourages people to reach their goals, while also giving youth the chance to experience a similar sense of accomplishment.”

BCM’s Summit for Someone program offers custom challenges, like Ragnar events, as well as assisted climbs from an impressive list of peaks across the country to individuals and corporate teams who want to raise money for BCM while accomplishing a lifelong goal.

Ragnar teams running for BCM will consist of eight runners, each committed to raising $500 for BCM’s youth programs. Since 1990, nearly 10,000 youth have participated in week-long backpacking trips through BCM. The trips empower youth by fostering life skills like decision-making, goal-setting, and self-efficacy. Big City Mountaineers offers trips to under-resourced youth in ten metropolitan areas including Miami, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.

About Big City Mountaineers:

Big City Mountaineers (BCM) instills critical life skills in over 2,000 under-served young people each year by getting them outdoors with volunteer mentors for life-changing wilderness experiences. BCM’s unique model of 1:1 mentoring is proven to develop integrity, responsibility, improve communication skills and decision-making abilities in youth from risk-filled environments through a nationally recognized developmental analysis tool. Youth who develop these skills alongside caring mentors are more likely to stay in school and avoid drugs, gangs, and violence. To learn more, please visit

About Ragnar:

Based in Utah, Ragnar is the largest overnight running relay series in the world. In the Ragnar Trail Series presented by Salomon, teams of 8 run a 120-mile trail relay over the course of two days and one night. More than 100,000 runners each year embrace the Ragnar spirit of ‘doing things together we could never do alone.’ Since 2004, the Ragnar series has grown from one race to 20 road relays and 18 trail relays each year.


Carl Johnson