Update June 29: Dances with Facts commenter “Jumbo Shrimp” posted a reply below about coincidentally running into Ragen at this race, and many people have assumed she is a troll. We cannot confirm the details of her story, but she has provided convincing evidence she attended the race and walked the course with her husband as described.
The PRs keep on coming! Today Ragen finished the 2016 Long Beach Fat Boy 5K, a novelty race with weight divisions that promises “dozens and dozens” of free donuts at the finish line, chocolate milk, a free slice of pie, and a large selection of other baked goods from various vendors. She managed to achieve a new personal best of 1:01:45, shaving over 4 minutes off her previous time, coming close to achieving the average human walking speed of 5 km/h.
In keeping with her previous 5K attempt, Ragen claimed she was doing the race “just for fun”, and “partnered” with the owners of a plus-size fashion label and attempted to organize a team for her “Flying Rhinos” Fit Fatties off-shoot. Just like last time, only a single other person actually showed up to race with Ragen. Her friends Marilyn Wann and Jeanette DePatie were there for support. Marilyn Wann claimed she would “waddle” the race without registering, despite the race organizers making it clear she would not be welcome on the course. Notably absent were any of the “haters” who apparently stalk Ragen at all opportunities.
Ragen’s time is almost 10 minutes faster than her race partner, making it clear they did not race together and she was not the “caboose” slowing her down. Does 1:01:45 genuinely represent Ragen’s fitness level after over two years of intense daily marathon and IRONMAN training? Is it an acceptable “fun” time for a supposedly “elite” athlete who trains for 3-5 hours every single day? An athlete who claims that in 147 days she will be prepared to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon in under 17 hours? It remains to be seen whether Ragen will make any meaningful race attempts before IRONMAN Arizona, but at this point she has not shown even the slightest hint of evidence she is able to run a 5K, let alone complete an IRONMAN.