Relay Around Columbus is a six (6) person team walking, or running, relay event covering up to 105 miles (running) and 70 miles (walking) around Columbus and Central Ohio utilizing the public trails, adjoining city parks, Columbus, and Franklin County Metro Parks, and only as needed, city streets in various area municipalities.
Relay Around Columbus, which promotes fitness, wellness and camaraderie, is a challenging 13-21 hour physical endurance event for athletes of all abilities, where the team goal is simply to finish the event.
Registration for Relay Around Columbus will open on November 1, 2012, and there will be slots for 200 total teams (running and walking). Registration will only be available online at www.relayaroundcolumbus.com.
Relay Around Columbus commences between 3pm and 9pm on Saturday, June 22, 2013. RAC’s starting location will be in Hoover Dam Park at the east end of the dam with the first wave of participants starting Saturday at 3pm. Starting times will vary according to each team’s submitted total of average 10k run/walk per mile race pace. Subsequent teams start every 15 minutes until all the teams are on the course. Starting times will be calculated so that all teams finish, in downtown Columbus at Bicentennial Park, between 9am and 12pm on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Relay Around Columbus POST EVENT CELEBRATION concludes at 1pm on Sunday.
The RUNNER RELAY (105 miles) consists of 6 people and 18 legs where each person will run 3 legs of various lengths for an average total of approximately 17.5 miles per person. The WALKER RELAY (70 miles) consists of 6 people and 12 legs where each person will walk 2 legs per participant for an average total of approximately 11.7 miles per person. HIGH SCHOOL RELAY (70 miles) running teams consist of 6 people and 12 legs where each person will run 2 legs of various lengths for an average total of approximately 11.7 miles per person. The ULTRA RUNNING RELAY (105 miles) teams consist of 3 people and 18 legs where each person will run 6 legs of various lengths for an average total of approximately 35.0 miles per person.
Relay Around Columbus begins with each team reporting to the START PARKING LOT below Hoover Dam, to check-in, sign and/or submit event waivers, and for inspection for necessary event equipment (seat belts for everyone on team in car, SUV or van, flashlights / headlights, reflective vests, cell phones, etc.). Teams then proceed to the START at the east end of Hoover Dam for an official team photo to watch the first person on the team begin the event. After the first team participant has started, the remaining members of the team drive to the first Exchange Zone and await this first participant, who will then pass the baton to the second participant, who then starts their leg of the event. This routine repeats throughout the event with each participant following in the same order, until all 18 (run) or 12 (walk) legs are completed. Teams all meet just before the FINISH to run/walk the last 100 yards across the FINISH LINE with their last running/walking teammate. Teams will then receive finishing medals, take team photographs, and enjoy the POST EVENT CELEBRATION.
Divisions of Running, and Walking, teams will be classified as a Male, Female or Mixed Teams. Teams may be further broken down into other Categories such as: High School, Collegiate, Open, Ultra, Family, Military, Corporate, Master, and Grand Master. Teams are encouraged to come up with tasteful creative team names, tasteful decorations on their vehicles, and tasteful team uniforms.
All teams that have a participant from Franklin County or the adjacent counties (Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Madison, and Union) must provide one (1) volunteer for the event. Events such as Relay Around Columbus would not happen without volunteers, therefore, no volunteer, no participation for the team, no exceptions! Volunteers will have their own separate registration and will be able to select their time and location to volunteer.
The Relay Around Columbus experience is bound to be special; bonding with others to achieve a goal and celebrate a finish. Relay Around Columbus is a fun event to spend time with friends, make new friends, and enjoy the culmination of a unique and challenging event. For each participant, we will strive to make Relay Around Columbus a positive experience worth remembering.