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Run to the Sun Relay Raises Awareness of Batten Disease

Run to the Sun Relay Raises Awareness of Batten Disease


This Saturday evening, teams of six to eight people will start a 95 mile journey relay from Enchanted Rock State Park, just outside of Crabapple, Texas to the Laguna Gloria historic site in Austin, Texas for a breakfast celebration. Considering the Texas heat, an overnight

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Team Captain Tips: Do We Need A Relay Van Driver?

Managing a relay team is a bit like herding cats - it’s a tricky job that requires all kinds of nimble thinking. Questions of how to recruit, organize and manage a relay team can send even the most reasonable person into a frenzy of activity. But never fear. Relayguide.com is here to help you iron out the fine points of team management and determine the best plan for your next relay race.

A question that is sure to come up as you plan your next relay adventure is whether or not you need dedicated van drivers. A van driver can be a lifesaver in a crowded race, but he or she can also take up valuable van space and be difficult to recruit. You may incur additional expenses for lodging and thank you gifts. Here are a few questions to ask to help you determine whether or not you should find a dedicated van driver:

1. How many teams are in the race?
The bigger the race, the bigger the driving headache. In a relay like Hood to Coast or Ragnar Wasatch Back where you are dealing with 1000+ teams, exchange points are going to be crazy. Alert van drivers help keep everyone safe, and they help the runners focus on running. In a crowded race, a van driver can be a godsend.

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New Top of Zion Relay Is A Treat for the Eyes

New Top of Zion Relay Is A Treat for the Eyes

Southern Utah is a region known for outstanding scenery, incredible parks and challenging terrain. Soon, it will be known as one of the best regions for running relays, as more races are cropping up in this scenic wonderland. I had a chance to learn more about the area’s newest relay, Top of Zion, which promises to be a running adventure you won’t soon forget.

I had a chance to ask race director Ellen Mueller a few questions about her new race. Ellen’s brother and sister are the force behind the Ruby Mountain Relay, Top of Zion’s sister event. In fact, if you run both, you earn a special medal. Her enthusiasm and passion for this event is evident as she shares her insights into the relay. Enjoy!

The 194.4 mile Top of Zion Relay will run its inaugural race June 29 - 30, 2012. To learn more about this race, please check out their website at www.topofzion.com.



This is your first year putting on the relay. What have been your biggest challenges, and what triumphs are you excited about?

Our first year has presented the extra challenge of creating the relay out of basically nothing other than our vision, talents,resources and our efforts in conjunction with the continuing challenge of managing and improving the relay once it is established. As the race director, I am super motivated and excited about our vision of bringing runners together in the backcountry. I love the idea of creating an atmosphere that strengthens relationships, gets people out in God's country and inspires their soul with the magnificent scenery they will run through. And just as importantly, improving their own physical fitness in the process as they train and participate which brings with it all the added benefits such as confidence and self-improvement. I love having a vision and going to work to create the relay in such a way that brings satisfaction. I have high expectations and standards for myself and this relay. I want everything done the best possible way. Sometimes we have limitations such as budget, time and abilities but we do our best with what we have.

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A Closer Look at Missouri's New Saint to Saint Relay Run

A Closer Look at Missouri's New Saint to Saint Relay Run

I recently started working on a project to figure out if it is possible to run a relay in all 50 states.  As I approached Missouri, I figured that the best I would be able to do was find a relay that started in Missouri for just a few miles before crossing in to Kansas, but then I was delighted to learn that Missouri has a relay to call its own.  The Saint to Saint Relay will have its first running Saturday, Sept 8, 2012, with teams racing from St Robert to St James, Missouri.  At just 41 miles, the Saint to Saint is a sprint relay that promises a scenic course, a fantastic finish line party and a day full of adventure, friends and running. Here's a little more from race director Paul Joyner.

To learn more about the Saint to Saint Relay, please visit their website at http://split-secondtiming.com/upcoming-events.

Why did you decide to start the Saint to Saint Relay?
The Saint to Saint Relay evolved out of our passion for multisport, but more specifically from our experiences with the River to River Relay in Southern Illinois. We had such a great time participating in River to River and we felt like the experience could be somewhat replicated with the great terrain and sites in our local area. River to River is a long standing tradition and the race fills up literally within minutes of registration opening each year. This led us to believe there was a demand for these types of races and the Saint to Saint was born. Saint Robert, Missouri and Saint James, Missouri are two cities, which lie primarily on Historic Route 66.

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Ruby Mountain Relay

Ruby Mountain Relay

I will admit it.  I am a bit of a geek when it comes to new relays. Nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than learning about a new one, but when I come across race directors with as much passion as Anne Simmons and Robert Johnson of the Ruby Mountain Relay, my enthusiasm heads to a whole new level. These first time race directors are on a mission to put on an event that will knock your socks off - a beautiful course, great swag and phenomenal course support. It's their attention to detail - hiring a professional photographer to capture the beauty of their course, having a finisher's belt buckle designed by a local artist, creating a set of course maps that have photos from every single leg - that has really impressed me. If their progress is any indicator, this relay is going to be one that folks return to year after year. Yes, it's a bit off the beaten path, but that's part of what makes it special.

I had a chance to ask Anne and Robert Johnson a few questions about their race - I hope you enjoy their answers as much as I did.

For more information Elko County’s Inaugural 184-mile Ruby Mountain Relay coming August 3-4, 2012, please visit www.rubymountainrelay.com

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