Marathon Relay

Registration for the 2019 Marathon Relay is now full – we look forward to seeing all your relay teams out on Race Day!

 

  • 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 19th, 2019. After April 19th, 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. (Team Prizes available 1st-3rd.)
  • 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 runners 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

  • Gear Check is available for all runners at the start line. Any gear taken along course, or on Relay buses is the responsibility of the runner. No additional gear check opportunities are available other than at the Start Line.
  • Checked Gear can be collected inside Runner’s Reunite at the Finish Line. Please make sure you claim your gear. Unclaimed gear will be discarded after the race.

 

2019 Exchange Zones:

 

Leg # Exchange # Location (mile mark) Leg Distance

1

Starting Line (mile 0.0) 6.21
2 1 4th Street Between Hill and Magnolia 3.1
3 2 Southern Parkway and 3rd Street 6.21
4 3 Southern Parkway & Taylor Blvd. 3.1
5 4 3rd Street & Winkler 7.58
Finish Finish: River Road and Witherspoon

 

Relay Pickup 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 Hill Street.

 

Leg 2 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to 4th Street and Hill Street. These buses depart for the exchange zone at 6:45am. After completion of leg 2, runners will board relay buses at Southern Parkway at 3rd Street. The buses will depart for Brook Street and Market Street once full.

 

Leg 3 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to Southern Parkway at 3rd Street. These buses depart for the exchange zone at 8:00am. After completion of leg 3, runners will board relay buses at Southern Parkway & Taylor Blvd. The buses will depart for Brook Street and Market Street once full.

 

Leg 4 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to Southern Parkway 350ft from park entrance to bridle path (between New Cut & Summers Ave). These buses depart for the exchange zone at 8:00am. After completion of leg 4, runners will board relay buses at 3rd Street and Winkler Ave. and they will depart for Brook Street and Market Street once full.

 

Leg 5 – Runners will take shuttle buses located at 1st Street and Jefferson Street that will take you to 3rd Street and Winkler Ave. These buses depart for the exchange zone at 8:00am. 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 Main Street & Floyd Street 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.

 

Personal Gear:

  • 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.

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.

Join the Team Run to the Finish at Main and Brook Street. Shuttles will drop the runners of the first, second, third and fourth Exchange Points, then off at Main and Brook Street. Runners can meet their runner of the final leg at Designated Relay Zone on Market (see Relay map for location) for the RUN TO THE FINISH!

You said the Relay isn’t new, what’s different now?

In the past, the Relay has been more of a corporate team event.  Many of our participants have been teams from companies and organizations.

We’ve realized that there are many runners and walkers in the community who’d like to participate in our event, but don’t want to run a half or full marathon.

The Relay provides a way they can be part of the largest day of road racing in Kentucky, with shorter distances.

 

What’s new for Relay participants this year?

Thanks to Humana’s partnership, we’re able to enhance the experience for Relay participants – including an exclusive hospitality area just for Relay runners at Runner’s Reunite.

Plus, there will now be an opportunity for the entire Relay team to run across the finish line together.

 

Is there a half marathon relay?

Right now, the Relay is on the marathon course.  But all distances are shorter than the 13.1 mile miniMarathon.

 

How many people can participate in the relay?

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 or as many as five (5).

If the 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.

Participants can choose to compete on an All Men’s Team, All Women’s Team, or a Coed Team.

 

What if you can’t find friends or family to run the Relay with you?

Participants will need to build their teams on their own, but social media and run chat groups provide a good platform to find other runners or walkers looking to participate in a relay.

 

How long are the legs of the relay?

There are 5 legs in the Relay. All 5 legs are shorter distances than the mini marathon – so under 13.1 miles.

There are two 5K legs, two 10K legs and one 12.2 K.

If your Relay has 3 or 4 participants, there would be one or two runners doing two legs of the race.

 

Are there awards in the Relay Division?

Of course!  Team Prizes are available for First through Third Place in the Relay Division.

 

How do you time the Relay?

Each team will be given a baton.  The baton is the timing device.  The baton is passed to each runner at the Exchange Points at the end of each leg.

Timing mats are located at Exchange points. When a runners crosses with baton in hand, a time will be recorded.

Exchange points are marked on the course with signage, also known as Relay Zones.

Designated Race Officials are at each location to assist the runners.

Relay Zones also include nutrition and entertainment as part of the race experience.

 

Will there be any course changes?

We’ve had some minor course changes the past few years due to the construction in and around Downtown. We continue to modify the course as needed to move around the construction. If there are additional changes for 2019, we’ll let runners know far in advance so they can prepare.

 

Where do the races start and finish?

Both races will start simultaneously at 7:30 am on Main Street near Slugger Field and will finish at the intersection of Preston and Witherspoon streets.

 

How many runners participate each year?

We average between 12,000 to 15,000 runners, it still marks the largest day of road racing in Kentucky.