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Heartland Relay Will Travel Rural Iowa in May 2013

Nothing is more exciting to me personally than learning about a new relay. Whether it is the thrill of discovery or the promise of a new route to travel, the news of a new race is one that I love to share. This new relay,

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Why You Should Run A Smaller Relay

Ragnar Wasatch Back is already sold out for 2013. Hood to Coast sells out its 1050 spots via lottery in October. These mega races are mega popular, and they are getting tougher and tougher to get in to. But with the huge races come headaches - traffic jams, van shortages, crowded exchanges, stressed out volunteers. While your initial reaction may be that the big races are the only way to go, I would like to share some thoughts about why the smaller races are worth a second look.

In contrast to the big races are smaller boutique events like the Green Mountain Relay, or the inaugural events like the Tuna Run 200.  Smaller races have their own charm. Easy parking at exchanges, personalized attention from the race director, and mellow volunteers are just some of the advantages of a boutique relay. Because the size of the event is limited, the race director has more opportunity to focus on the details - fun contests, finish line parties or smooth race logistics. Even the smaller number of runners can make for a unique experience - the event becomes less of a race and more of a team building experience when you are running a course with fewer fellow runners. You will have just as much fun with your team if the race has only 25 teams as if there are a 1000.

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Tuna Run 200 To Offer Spectacular Finish Line Setting

Tuna Run 200 To Offer Spectacular Finish Line Setting

If a rural route, a beach finish and fresh tuna to celebrate your completed relay is your style, then you need to check out the inaugural Tuna Run 200. Slated to debut on October 19 - 20, 2012, this 200 mile relay will challenge your body and reward you with a fantastic party in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

Right now, the relay is offering one monthly winner a 50% discount on your team registration if you help them spread the word about their new relay. Details on the offer can be found on their Facebook page.

Here's what race director Brian had to say about his newest endeavor:

Why did you decide to start the Tuna 200 Relay?
I co-direct a 200 mile relay in SC in the spring and we have a lot of teams from the NC area. Since there was not a relay in eastern NC I thought it would be a great idea to have one that would start near Raleigh and finish at the beach in the Fall.

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Stay Out of the Porta-Potties: A Quick Guide to G.I. Distress During Relays

Stinky porta-potties are a running joke in the relay world, but if you find yourself having to use them frequently because your stomach has gone south, they are anything but funny. Relays are notorious for wreaking havoc on your internal systems, so finding ways to manage your digestive tract can mean the difference between a great race and an uncomfortable experience. What is helpful to know is that there are multiple causes of g.i. distress when it comes to running. Some are preventable, while others must be managed. Here's a guide to the different ways your tummy can have problems, and ways you can manage.

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Run a Relay In All 50 States

Marathoners and half marathoners can collect races in all 50 states, so I wondered if relay runners could too. Turns out you can run a relay in all 50 states (yes, even Alaska and Hawaii), and most of them are longer than 50 miles. So if you are looking for a unique challenge, set the goal of running a relay in every state or participating in all overnight relays in your area.

Please note that this is a work in progress. If you have a relay to add to this list, please email teri@relayguide.com and share what you know. 

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