Team RelayTeam Relay Manager
Four Person Team Relay
One of the more popular races of the Baltimore Running Festival is the Team Relay. Running the same course as the marathoners, the Team Relay consists of FOUR participants per team with each runner selecting a portion of the marathon course to run. The legs vary in length from 5.9 to 7.1 miles.
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Race Start: 8:00 AM
Start Line: Russell and Camden Streets
Race Limit: 1,100 teams
Restrictions: Participants in the Team Relay must be at least 14 years old.
Chip Timing: The event will continue to utilize the newest timing technology. The D-tag technology offers runners a more streamlined race experience than the traditional chip system. D-Tags are attached to participant bib and clearly marked with the corresponding bib number. This eliminates the need to scan your chip at the expo.
In addition, runners do not need to return the tag and can dispose of it at their convenience. This means no more sitting down to undo your shoe lace just after your run and it also means you no longer have to worry about the $30 charge for a lost chip. On race day, runners simply secure the D-Tag through their shoelaces and they are ready to run.
Each relay team will be issued ONE D-Tag and a Velco Strap. Runners are to pass this to their teammates at the exchange points. Be sure each runner secures the D-Tag to their ankle as instructed or risk not being accurately timed.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEAM RELAY
ACCESS YOUR TEAM MANAGER HERE
RELAY EXCHANGE DETAILS
Each team will be given one timing chip on a Velcro ankle band that must be worn during the race. Runners should wear a sock under the band to protect the ankle from chaffing.
The leadoff runner will start at the same time and location as the other marathon runners. There is not a separate start for the Relay Teams. Relay runners of the second, third, and fourth legs will need to be at their respective exchange zones well before the first marathon runners pass by, as roads will be closed.
Transportation from M&T Bank Stadium to the exchange points will be provided for the runners of the second and fourth legs. Transportation from these exchange points back to M&T Bank Stadium will be also provided.
On the course, signs will designate the locations of the upcoming exchange points. Upon entering the exchange area, incoming runners should make sure their bib number is visible. A volunteer will announce the incoming runner's bib number to the waiting runners via megaphone.
Waiting runners will be stationed in a desginated zone according to their team's bib number. Zones are broken down for every 200 runners. (i.e. Bib #5000-5199; 5200-5399; 5400-5599; 5600-5799) Incoming runners should know their bib number and look for these zone signs. They are white with blue numbers and stand 4-ft tall.
Each team will be given one timing chip on a Velcro ankle band that must be worn (insert "carried") during the race. Runners should wear a sock under the band to protect the ankle from chaffing.. Runners should handoff the band when they meet at the relay exchange points. See this video for more details: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoJf_8FW3Ko
- It is helpful if waiting runners keep track of the race time and know approximately when their teammates should be entering the exchange zone.
- It is also suggested that team wear some sort of identifible outfit or even carry a balloon which can be left with the incoming runner at the exchange.
- Waiting Runners are also encourged to assist their fellow runners by shouting all incoming bib numbers.
- Do not cross the timing mat more than once with your timing chip.
- Some relay runners choose to carry the band in their hand. This is not suggested and you do run the risk of not being timed as the chips are not designed to read higher than your knee. If you do carry the band in your hand, it is suggested that you bend down when crossing the mats.
- PLEASE NOTE: Buses must adhere to the same road closures as the general public. While the drivers do their best to find the most direct route back, sometimes they get caught in traffic as well. Leg 3 runners who are concerned with getting back to the stadium to see their team finish may want to consider alternate transportation.
Amenities: Each runner participating in the Team Relay will receive the following:
Under Armour performance shirt (men's and women's styles available), post-race food and beverage. A medal will be given to all finishers.
For an Under Armour Size Chart, click here. 2014 Shirt: TBA
Course Amenities include: baggage check at M&T Bank Stadium, Start Finish area conveniently located near Light Rail station, free parking for those that arrive early, mile marker signs at each mile, 15 fluid stations on the course (water and Gatorade), fruit, pretzels, potato chips, LÄRABAR and enery gel (2 location on course), toilets at start/finish and various points on the course.
Powerbar will be supplying PowerGel and PowerBars on the course at a minimum of 2 fluid station. Exact Flavors will be provided closer to race day. PowerBar Energy Gel is the first gel to provide the carbs and electrolytes of a high end sports drink, and contains 4 times the sodium of leading competitors. Sodium is the key electrolyte lost in sweat and is the only electrolyte recommended to be replaced during endurance exercise.
Course Maps & Elevation Chart :
To view the 2014 race route, click here.
Transportation and Exchange Points: PLEASE NOTE EXCHANGE POINTS. The first exchange point location is on Art Museum Drive near the campus of Johns Hopkins University. The second exchange point is on Key Highway at Rash Field (near Maryland Science Center) and the third exchange point is at Lake Clifton High School.
Relay Start Finish Bus Departs at
Leg 1 (5.7 mi) Russell & Camden Art Musuem Dr. NO BUS
Leg 2 (7 mi) Art Museum Dr. MD Science Ctr 7:30AM for Art Museum Dr.
Leg 3 (6.3 mi) MD Science Ctr Lake Clifton H.S. NO BUS
Leg 4 (7 mi) Lake Clifton H.S. M&T Bank Stadium 8:30AM for Lake Clifton H.S.
All buses leave from the west side of M&T Bank Stadium (Russell St.). Runners may provide their own transportation/car pool to their exchange points but be aware there will be limited parking and access at each site and throughout the course. THERE IS NOT TRANSPORTATION FOR THE RELAY EXCHANGE AT RASH FIELD. RUNNERS FINISHING LEG 2 AND RUNNERS STARTING LEG 3 FROM THIS LOCATION MUST WALK TO AND FROM THE STADIUM.
BUSES WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY AT POSTED TIMES. ALL BUSES LEAVE AT ONCE AT THE POSTED TIME. IF YOU MISS THIS BUS, YOU WILL HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO THE EXCHANGE. DO NOT MISS THESE BUSES!!!
Buses will bring runners back from the Art Museum Drive and Lake Clifton High School locations.
Prizes: Trophy (1) to overall winning 4-person teams in the male, female and mixed categories. Additional prizes may be awarded to other top teams, but that has yet to be determined.
Corporate Cup: A race within a race, the Corporate Cup is a great opportunity for the Baltimore business community to be a part of the event. The Corporate Cup is open to any 4-person relay team with at least two teammates that are employed by the same company, or members of the same organization. The Corporate Cup, a large perpetual trophy (one trophy), will be awarded to the winning team (male, female or mixed) and can be displayed at your place of business for one year.
This year MedStar Sports Health will provide medical support on the course and in the finish line area. The dedicated staff will include certified doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants and EMTs and will provide the necessary medical attention to any patient in need. We are grateful to have MedStar Sports Health associated with the event.
Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon-Lime flavor) will be served at each aid station along the course of this year’s race. Gatorade Endurance Formula is a specialized sports drink that contains approximately twice the amount of sodium (200 mg per 8 ounces) of Gatorade Thirst Quencher, along with chloride, potassium, magnesium and calcium to help sustain hydration by more fully replacing what is lost in sweat. Gatorade Endurance Formula also contains a 6% carbohydrate solution (14 grams per 8 ounces), just like Gatorade Thirst Quencher, which research shows is optimal to help speed fluid back into the body and fuel working muscles. Gatorade Endurance Formula is available in 34 ounce and 24 ounce sport bottles at major grocery and convenience stores nationwide, and Gatorade Endurance Formula powder is available at specialty athletic stores and at www.gatorade.com/endurance. For more information about Gatorade Endurance Formula, please visit www.itsonthecourse.com.