Miles to go …

September 21, 2009

TheRelay 2010 Rules Simplified – Are you interested in running ?

Filed under: running — arungupta @ 7:52 pm
TheRelay-logo 12 runners run
200 miles in
36 segments (each in varying length of 3 to 8.9 miles)
through 36 cities (Calistoga to Santa Cruz)
on a moonlight weekend

Ultimate combination of cooperation, teamwork, endurance, and strategy to meet the goal.

TheRelay is a 200 mile, 12-member team run from Calistoga to Santa Cruz. The race is organized under full moonlight and is scheduled for May 1-2, 2010. The registration is already open and closes Mar 1, 2010.

The race is divided into 3 leg groups as explained here with each group consisting of 12 different legs. For competitive teams (desiring to be recognized as 1st, 2nd or 3rd winners), each runner must run every 12th leg. For non-competitive teams, it is not required but recommended for logistical purposes.

The start times are 7am – 5pm at Calistoga Beverage Company and calculated using the runners’ pace. The finish time is 10am – 8pm at the Santa Cruz Beach. Your team is penalized (even disqualified) and featured in "Sandbaggers Hall of Shame" if you finish more than 2 hours ahead of predicted time. So accurate timing of each member of your race team is essential. Read The Rules for more details.

Each team must provide 2 vehicles that are used to transport the runners. Van 1 carry (Active) runners 1-6 and required at the start point. Van 2 (Passive) carry runners 7-12 and is required at the first exchange point at the end of leg 6. The complete logistics of how runners exchange batons, how to take shower / eat / rest / play between your legs and other similar details are described in the Survival Strategies. The vans also must carry all supplies as there are aid stations during the course.

Each team must (if any runner lives within 50 miles of the course) provide two volunteers that sign up for a 5 hours shift on the course.

Here is the complete course map:

More details on the course (including elevation) are available here.

Each team must mail one non-refundable check of $960 ($80/runner) by Mar 1 and must raise $600 ($50/runner) for Organs ‘R’ Us.

Here are some more questions:

  • For a non-competitive team, can the team captain pick & choose the legs for each runner based upon their skill ?

    • Could it be a logistics mess ?
    • What if some variance is introduced between Runner 1-6 and 7-12 ?
  • Can the number of individual runners be less than 12 ? For example, one individual represents more than one runner.
  • What is the difference between Open, Submasters and Masters division ?

I may be forming a team to participate in this "California’s Longest Party" and 2 runners have already approached me. Are you interested ?

Do you have it in you to complete this adventure ?

Miles to go …

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  1. Please count Amita and I in.

    Comment by vinit tare — September 22, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Hi Arun,

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Let’s go run!


    Comment by Dale Rutz — September 22, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  3. All the best to the team!

    we will be there to cheer you up wherever we can :)
    Menka, Aditya and Mihir

    Comment by Menka — September 22, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

  4. Cool, thanks.

    We are now 6 runners, other 2 will be posting their comment here. This is so exciting!

    I’ll send an introductory email once we are a complete team, hang in there until then. And make sure to keep running as hard as you can :)

    Comment by arungupta — September 22, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

  5. Hi Arun,

    Thanks for the invitation to join the team. Priya and I would love to be part of this and we are looking forward to training for the race.


    Comment by TK Krishnaswamy — September 27, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  6. Hi there,

    Amita Tare told me you are looking for runners. I am interested, so count me in.


    Douglas Garcia

    Comment by Douglas — September 28, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  7. Welcome aboard TK, Priya, and Douglas!

    We are now 9 runners and looking for 3 more :)

    Comment by arungupta — September 28, 2009 @ 4:16 pm

  8. New hire. :)

    Comment by Nandini — September 29, 2009 @ 10:47 am

  9. I’m one of the two runners that Arun mentioned. Hello Everyone!!

    Look forward to running with you all!!

    Comment by Rohit — September 29, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

  10. Cool, we are 10 now. I’m wondering if we should recruit 2 more runners or attempt to cover the race with 10 runners. That means at least 2 runners will have to run double the number of legs. And the cost will also go up slightly cause we need to divide 960 + 600 in 10 runners instead of 12.

    Also got a new piece of information. See the course map at: Click on the red numbers 1 – 36 to show the course detailed map.

    Lastly, can you email me (arun dot gupta at gmail dot com) your 10K, 1/2 marathon timing, or any race timing that you ran this year ?

    Comment by arungupta — October 1, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

  11. Arun,

    I can run double the number of legs if you cannot find more runners. Keep me posted.

    Comment by Douglas — November 2, 2009 @ 11:55 pm

  12. Thanks a lot Doug!

    We are shooting for our first face-to-face meet up on Nov 21 at my house, will send a reminder today.

    Comment by arungupta — November 3, 2009 @ 10:52 am

  13. Hi Arun,

    I have been thinking about this for the last couple of years and was not able to put a team together. Now, with me as 12th runner I am happy to join the gang to kick butt and have fun!
    Looking forward to the meet up at your place and meet the other runners.



    Comment by Subra K — November 7, 2009 @ 11:27 pm

  14. Excellent, our team has now formed and so excited to look forward to our first face-to-face meetup on Nov 21 :-)

    Comment by arungupta — November 8, 2009 @ 8:12 am

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