Today Ragen will be competing in the Hollywood Half 5K, the same event where she achieved her elite 5K PR of 1:09:50 in 2013. Unlike her last cancelled publicity stunt, she is doing this race as a team effort with the Flying Rhinos, a spin-off of the Fit Fatties forum she created to sell merchandise. Ragen has selflessly volunteered to walk with the “caboose” team rather than challenging herself in any way. This group walk is in participation with Just Curves, a plus-size clothing label. Ragen claims she is “sponsoring” the walk, but her sponsorship appears to be limited to hawking Flying Rhinos t-shirts. At present, a grand total of 5 people have confirmed their participation on Facebook, and discussion consists of one person bowing out due to a bout of cellulitis, and a catty message from Marilyn Wann.
In just over 7 months, Ragen plans to compete in IRONMAN Arizona. At this point she should be using every opportunity to rack up experience with other endurance events to avoid a repeat of her disastrous showing in Tempe last year. Instead she is busy taking an endless stream of boring close cropped photos of her face, writing weekly training reports that contain no meaningful details of her training whatsoever, and constantly complaining about how much she hates every part of her IRONMAN training. With every passing day it becomes more of a joke. This 5K will tell us precisely nothing about Ragen’s preparedness for completing an IRONMAN. All we can do is infer from her past performance and constant secrecy that nothing has changed: she is still unable to run or ride her bike properly, and the god-tier VO2 max required to complete an IM at her size is beyond her grasp.
The only thing we will find out today is whether Ragen can finish a 5K even slower than her previous time.