The group of 12 women that participated in this year’s Ragnar Relay Race in Las Vegas were: Heather Ferrari, Angelica Robison, Barbara Smith, Erica Husse, Jennifer Castllano, Jenny Ahlvers,  Kristy Sedlacek, Leigh McOmber, Leslie Derbidge, Lindy Walsh, Salli McDermott and Tiffany Swetich. (Courtesy photo)

The group of 12 women that participated in this year’s Ragnar Relay Race in Las Vegas were: Heather Ferrari, Angelica Robison, Barbara Smith, Erica Husse, Jennifer Castllano, Jenny Ahlvers, Kristy Sedlacek, Leigh McOmber, Leslie Derbidge, Lindy Walsh, Salli McDermott and Tiffany Swetich. (Courtesy photo)

Heather Ferrari had only been in Ely for less than a year when she decided to start a group for local runners. What started as a fun way to meet people and stay healthy in her new town has since grown int a group of friends.

A group that collectively ran almost 200 miles for a good cause.

“Their were 12 of us. We had two vans, each with six runners getting ready for their next leg of the race,” Ferrari said. The race she is speaking of is the Ragnar Relay Race, which was recently held in Las Vegas.

According to Ragnar’s website, the race is defined as “the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport.”

For Ferrari’s all-women group of 12, which consisted of nine women from Ely, two from Elko and another from Las Vegas, the race was a way to come together around a sport they all enjoy and find a way to give back to the community that made it possible to go.

“We all trained together for about 10 weeks then were lucky enough to get some great sponsors to help pay for our trip and stay ,” Ferrari said.

Businesses such as Ahlvers Plumbing, Sagebrush Texaco, and First National Bank