General Information Marathon Relay
2020 Relay Race Instructions
The race begins at the same time as the Mercedes-Benz Marathon & Half-Marathon. Each relay team will consist of 5 people, all being at least 12 years of age on race day. All relay team members will receive the same amenities as the half-marathon participants, including a race weekend technical running shirt and smaller version of the Mercedes-Benz Marathon finisher’s medal. Team members must submit all five entries together and must designate one team captain. You must have four members to call it a team and participate, but only teams with 5 members are eligible for awards. You will need to send only one team member to the Expo to pick up race packets. They will be given out as a team, not as individual participants.
Each marathon relay team will be given one timing belt which will have the "team" timing chip attached. This timing belt is to be worn by the next runner once they have crossed over the timing pad at each relay exchange. Relay runners will need to be alert for their upcoming exchange zone. This area will be designated by signs and will be to the side of the marathon course after crossing over the timing mat allowing for room to pass off the timing belt. Please be considerate of other runners during the transition. See FAQ #26 for relay exchange locations. The last runner will take off the timing belt at the finish line and leave it with finish line officials before receiving their team finisher's bag with their five finisher's medals.
- Men’s Team
- Women’s Team
- Middle School/High School Team (must include at least 2 females)*
- Mixed Open (must include at least 2 females)
- Masters (must include at least 2 females)
*One award will be given in this category. We do not distinguish between middle school and high school teams.
- $250 through December 31, 2019
- $275 beginning January 1, 2020 through Race Week and Expo
High School/ Middle School-
- $200 through December 31, 2019
- $225 beginning January 1, 2020 through Race Week and Expo
When registering online at Runsignup.com it is not important to list the runners in correct relay leg order. If you have changes to your team you will need to notify us to make those changes. For example - team members, shirt sizes or change in relay category. Your overall Team registration is non transferable, non refundable and cannot be deferred. Event insurance is available, but can ONLY be purchased at the time of registration.
*Should the runner of the FIRST LEG of the relay wish to also continue running in the Half or Full marathon that runner must complete, including payment, an individual entry form for the half/full marathon. This person will wear the relay team number and timing belt in addition to their personal half or full race bib. Your relay timing device will be attached to a belt worn around your waist and your individual timing device will be attached to your individual race bib.
6 Hour Time Limit - Must maintain a consistent pace of at least 13:44 minutes per mile. Relay teams need to keep this in mind and may need to alternate slower runners with faster runners to keep within the time limits. Relay Team Member #3 must stay in front the "Balloon Lady" when the course splits. If they do not stay in front of her then the team member will be sent to the finish line and will be disqualified. Team members still at remaining relay exchanges will not be able to run.
It is very important that your relay team member #3 understands how the course has a "Split" so the full marathon and relay marathon participants can continue on the double loop course. See FAQ #37 for detailed information regarding the "Split." It's mandatory reading.
Transportation is provided to each relay exchange area. See FAQ #38 for all the details.
Relay Amenities, Awards & Results
4 Members to race, 5 Members to be eligible for awards
Medals along with a finish line amenity (to be determined) will be given as a single package for each team at the finish line on race day. The final leg #5 team member is then responsible for distributing these items to their team. Please be sure each relay team member is aware of this so no one is looking for a medal at the finish line or at a relay exchange point. Awards will be presented to the winning relay team in each category at the awards ceremony at the Post Race Block Party in the enclosed parking garage at the EDPA building between 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. If your team wins its division then someone from your team must be present to get the award. We do not mail out awards. Please plan your travel accordingly. All team results will be posted on our website after the race.
NOTICE: Due to insurance regulations, unregistered runners, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, strollers, baby joggers and other wheeled devices, animals and smoking are prohibited in the race.