The 50-Mile Relay is a 5-person relay event, designed to provide shorter individual leg distances, thereby allowing a greater diversity of runners to experience the sport of trail racing. The 50-Mile Relay is the perfect opportunity for runners to challenge their family, friends, running buddies, co-workers, and employees to join them for some friendly competition on the trails of the GRT. Relay teams may be all-male, all-female, or mixed.
The 50-Mile Relay follows the same course as the 50-Mile individual event and is comprised of the following five legs:
Leg 1 – 10 miles: Start to Rt. 528
Leg 2 – 11.0 miles: Rt. 528 to Jennings Center and return to Rt. 528
Leg 3 – 10.8 miles: Rt. 528 to Swamp Run turnaround, back to Swamp Run Aid Station
Leg 4 – 8.2 miles: Swamp Run Aid Station to Rt. 528
Leg 5 – 10.0 miles: Rt. 528 to Finish
The relay event will start at the same time as the individual 50-Mile ultramarathon and is subject to the same intermediate and overall cutoff times.
Each relay team will be issued five bibs. As in all other event distances, runners must wear their bib numbers, visible from the front, throughout their individual leg. One of the 5 bibs will be a timing chip bib, which must be worn by the final leg runner. At each relay transition point (Rt. 528 and Swamp Run aid stations) relay runners will check into a designated relay check station. To insure that the runner completing the last leg has the chip, runners completing the other segments do not have to carry the chip. Loss of the timing chip will result in no official time being assigned to the team and will require the team to reimburse the timing service for the cost of the chip.
Place winner awards will be given to all members of the winning team. Relay teams may be comprised of three or more runners; however, only 5-person teams are eligible for place-winner awards. All runners on all teams who finish the relay will receive finisher medallions.
Relay team members will have the same access to aid station food and fluids as runners in the individual races. GRT race management asks that relay teams utilize car-pooling to the maximum extent possible to reduce parking congestion at the aid stations.
Relay teams use the same race Registration page as the other GRT events, a minimum of three relay team members shall be initially registered. Additional relay team members can register at a later date to add to the team or replace relay participants until the last day of on-line registration. Payment of the team entry fee must be made in full at the time of initial team entry.
At the time of initial registration, teams will be asked to provide a team name. This is an opportunity to have fun, be descriptive, and creative. Race management reserves the right to modify or reject team names that may be deemed offensive or in poor taste. Once the Team Roster is provided at runner check-in, no changes in team composition may be made thereafter, other than dropping runners. The order in which runners are listed on the roster need not be the order in which they run on race day. Runner order can be changed at any time during the race, but only at designated aid/relay stations.
Shirt size information for each participant shall also be provided at the time of entry. If team composition changes after the final date on which selected shirt sizes are guaranteed, race management will make its best effort to accommodate shirt exchanges on race day, but makes no guarantees.