The following information is for the drivers for Relay Around Columbus. Review it carefully and print out the DRIVER’S GUIDE and DRIVING DIRECTION MAPS for either the RUNNING or WALKING COURSE for use event weekend.
Click here to download the Drivers Guide.
RUNNING and WALKING teams are restricted to ONE vehicle on the course. We believe large passenger vans are best, but others prefer the smaller, less expensive minivans. Whatever vehicle you prefer, even if it is your own, secure it as soon as possible, especially if it is a rental. If you are coming from a surrounding state, you may find it is less expensive to rent the vehicle in your area and drive it to Columbus.
Your vehicle should submit to these standards:
Your vehicle must have a seat belt for everyone in the vehicle… it is the law. So 6 seat belts for teams without a driver, 7 seat belts if team has a designated driver. If a vehicle does not have a seat belt for every person in it the team will NOT be allowed to participate.
If a team has a driver, the driver must sign a participant waiver. This waiver, same as the participant waiver, can be found on line on the RAC website. The waiver must be signed prior to the event and presented to RAC officials at CHECK-IN. No signed waiver, no driver.
DRIVER’S MAPS & GPS COORDINATES
Driver’s Maps and GPS Coordinates can be found below and should be printed out prior to the event and used to guide team throughout the course during event weekend. The GPS coordinates designate the parking entrances to the EXCHANGE ZONES and the EXCHANGE ZONE locations.
RUN COURSE DRIVING MAPS / GPS COORDINATES
WALK COURSE DRIVING MAPS / GPS COORDINATES
The EXCHANGE ZONES parking entrances are marked by Checkered Flags. Parking lots for EXCHANGE ZONES will have trash containers and portable toilets. Use the maps and directions to move from Zone to Zone. When arriving at each EXCHANGE ZONE look for the tent to check in at each Leg to meet your incoming athlete that is on the course. These tents will have lights at night that will make them easy to spot. EXCHANGE ZONES (on the course) will be marked by colored, numbered flags, for both the RUNNING and WALKING courses.
1. PREPARING TO DRIVE THE COURSE
We suggest teams designate drivers per section of the event course. We strongly suggest that whoever is driving has taken the time to study the course maps. If it is possible, those responsible for driving the relay course should try to drive the route before event day. Ideally, this pre-drive would not only acquaint the driver with the course, but also help to identify gas stations and convenience stores along the route. This could prove invaluable for emergency pit stops.
Vehicles must move efficiently and safely from one EXCHANGE ZONE to the next in order to drop off and pick up athletes. There really is no time for trips down the wrong road. Few things are worse than an athlete finishing his/her Leg in quick fashion only to find that his/her team has not arrived at the EXCHANGE ZONE! If you are efficient in your driving you will arrive with plenty of time to spare.
2. VEHICLE CHECK-IN
When Team Captains report to the START check-in tent in the parking lot below Hoover Dam 45 – 60 minutes before their team‘s designated start time, vehicles must be equipped with these safety items:
3. WHO CAN BE THE DRIVER?
The decision as to who will drive is up to each team. It can be a team member(s) or a designated team driver.
4. TRAFFIC LAWS
Obey them and all will be fine. Use common courtesy in EXCHANGE ZONE Parking Lots.
5. IDENTIFICATION OF THE VEHICLES
Each vehicle will be provided with two “PASSES” to place on the vehicle. One goes on the dash on the inside of the front of the vehicle on the right hand side in front of the passenger. The other should be taped to the rear of the vehicle. These PASSES should be in the vehicle and visible at all times.
DRIVING THE COURSE
1. MAPS & GPS COORDINATES
Drivers should print and study the maps prior to the event and be familiar with the driving directions. Use the GPS information as needed.
2. NO DRIVING DIRECTIONAL SIGNS ON EVENT DAY
There will be no driving directional signs on event day – only checkered flags at the entrances of the EXCHANGE ZONE Parking Lots.
3. GAS, FOOD, DRINK & TRASH
Since RAC is a Metro Relay there will be plenty of opportunities to stop along the course for supplies or to use the restroom… and to drop off trash in proper receptacles. Trash receptacles will be at every EXCHANGE ZONE.
4. VEHICLE ETIQUETTE
Vehicles can be decorated, but not in a way that is offensive or that obscures the visibility of the driver, or diminishes the driving and safety capabilities of the vehicle.
At EXCHANGE ZONES, Please follow instructions of volunteers and event officials. Please park only in designated RAC parking areas. Be aware of your surroundings, especially when you may be near a point on the course where participants may be running/walking. All litter is to stay in vehicles until it can be placed in designated receptacles. Follow all posted traffic signs and speed limits. Keep noise down; use headlights from dusk to dawn (high beams to a minimum.)
It’s easy to start the relay out on good terms, but as the event progresses and participants become smelly, tired, uncomfortable, etc. we understand how easy it can be to let your teammates quirks provoke quite an irritation. Our best advice - embrace the experience! It’s short-lived and when all is said and done, we are willing to bet you’ll have fun!
5. GENERAL TIPS
6. MEDICAL AID
If there is a serious injury, or illness, to anyone on the team CALL 911 or one of the hospitals listed below.
HOSPITALS IN ROUTE
St. Anne’s Hospital
500 S. Cleveland Ave.
Westerville, OH 43081
Grant Medical Center
111 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Dr.
Columbus, OH 43205
Mount Carmel East
6001 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43213
Mount Carmel West
793 W. State St.
Columbus, OH 43222
The Ohio State University Medical Center
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210