Marathon Relay

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We are pleased to again offer the Marathon Relay in conjunction with the 2022 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon!

Marathon Team Relay Entry Fee: $325

 

 

  • A team of 3-5 runners will cover the entire 26.2 mile distance.
  • A Team can have as few as three (3) members competing; however, this will require that some Team members run two consecutive legs. [For example, if a Team has only three (3) members, the first runner may run the first two legs of the relay and the second runner may run the next two, while the third runs the final distance to the finish line. If a Team has four (4) members, one member must run two consecutive legs of the relay.]
  • All Team members must be registered.
  • A designated Team Captain can oversee your team’s account in the registration platform – Run Sign Up.
  • Team Captains can add and subtract team members up until April 22nd, 2022. After April 22nd, team changes will need to be done at Runner Services located at the Race Expo & Packet Pick-up.
  • Participants can choose to compete on an All Men’s Team, All Women’s Team, or a Coed Team.
  • Each team will be given a baton. Your baton is your timing device. Don’t not trade with anyone, your timing device corresponds with your team’s bib number.
  • All Runners must wear a race bib. Bibs should be visible at all times during the race
    Timing mats are located at Exchange points. When a runner crosses with baton in hand, a time will be recorded. Do not hand-off the baton until you have crossed the timing mat at the exchange point.
  • Exchange points are marked on the course with signage, also known as Relay Zones. Designated Race Officials are at each location. The Race Official will be point out area restrooms, and the return buses. Relay Zones include nutrition and entertainment as part of the race experience.
  • The Relay Teams will run the same course as the Marathon field, under the Ekiden format (See Chart Below)

LEG

MILES

KM

First

6.21

10K

Second

3.10

5K

Third

6.21

10K

Fourth

3.10

5K

Fifth

7.58

12.2K

 

 

2022 Exchange Zones:

Leg # Exchange   # Location (mile mark) Leg Distance
1 Starting Line (mile 0.0) 6.21
2 1 4th Street Near Industry before train tracks 3.1
3 2 3rd street @ Speed Art Museum 6.21
4 3 Ashland Park Clarksville IN 3.1
5 4 Main Street & Ohio River Greenway New Albany 7.58
Finish Finish: Adams Street

 

 

How to get to transition points? Runners not running Leg 1 will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street, and will be taken to their designated exchange points

 Leg 1 – Runners will start the race in Downtown Louisville at Main Street and Floyd Street. After completion of leg 1, runners will board relay buses staged at 4th Street and Industry. The buses will depart for Witherspoon and Shelby once full

Leg 2 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to 4thIndustry. These buses depart for the exchange zone at 6:30am. After completion of leg 2, runners will board relay buses at 3rd Street near the Speed Art Museum. The buses will depart for Witherspoon and Shelby once full.

Leg 3 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to 3rd Street near the Speed Art Museum. These buses depart for the exchange zone at 7:00am. After completion of leg 3, runners will board relay buses at Ashland Park in Clarksville IN. The buses will depart for Witherspoon and Shelby once full.

Leg 4 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to the parking lot at Ashland Park. These buses depart for the exchange zone at 7:30am. After completion of leg 4, runners will board relay buses at Main street and the Ohio River Greenway and they will depart for Witherspoon and Shelby once full.

Leg 5 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to Main Street and the Ohio River Greenway in New Albany IN. These buses depart for the exchange zone at 7:30am. This leg will be the person crossing the finish line with the timing baton.

Returning Relay Runners to the (Relay Meet-Up) Finish:
Shuttle buses will return near the Finish with relay runners who have completed their leg once a bus is full (or the last relay runner has completed the leg). Returning runners will be dropped off at Shelby Street and Witherspoon which is a couple blocks from the finish line. The race cannot guarantee that relay runners from the third and fourth exchange zones will be returned in time to meet fellow team members for a team run in to the finish. If runners wish to return sooner than the bus is scheduled they will need to make their own transportation arrangements.

Timing Tag:

  • Each leg of the relay will be timed. For this, each team will be given one (1) baton with a timing chip inside. Runner should hold baton in hand as they run. The runner must cross over the timing pad near each relay exchange zone, and hand it off the baton to the next runner. The next runner should hold onto baton before proceeding to the next exchange zone.
  • The timing computer can only read a chip that passes within four feet of the timing pad. Failure to pass the chip within a four foot or less distance of the timing pad could result in the runner not being timed for his/her leg or the team not being timed for the team relay.
  • NOTE: The last runner of each team must carry the timing baton for scoring the overall team finishing time.

Please note: It is up to each team to figure out how to pass on sweats and personal items. As with all Marathon and miniMarathon runners, all teams may check in bags at the start of the race. These items will be available at the finish of the race as you exit the finish line area.

DO NOT LEAVE PERSONAL ITEMS AT THE RELAY EXCHANGES, WE HAVE NO WAY OF INSURING THEIR SECURITY AND WILL NOT ASSUME ANY LIABILITY.