Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Registration is NOW CLOSED for our Legs 1 and 2 of our Marathon Relay. ONLY legs 3, 4 and 5 can register.

Note: Should we reach capacity before registration is over, we reserve the right to close without notice. These events do sell out, so you’ll want to take advantage of reduced rates and guaranteed participation by registering as soon as possible. On-site registration is not available for any events.

How It Works

Build a Relay Team

A team of five runners will cover the entire 26.2 mile distance. Each runner will run one leg of 3-7 miles. The team can have as few as two members competing. However, this will require that some team members run more than one leg. For example, if a team has only three members, the first runner may run the first two legs of the relay, the second runner may run the next two, while the third runner runs the final distance to the finish line. If someone is running multiple legs they MUST run consecutive legs (example, leg 1 and 2). If a team has four members, one member must run two legs of the relay. There are several different entry categories for relay teams, which include:

  • Male
  • Female
  • Mixed – Any Ratio
  • Male Masters (Age 40 and older)
  • Female Masters (Age 40 and older)
  • Mixed Masters (Age 40 and older) – Any Ratio

NOTE: There must be five individual participants to qualify for any award. Each team captain is responsible for creating and paying for the team through registration. The additional team members must register themselves online after team creation. Relay leg 1 and 2 runners must be registered by August 29, 2016. Relay leg 3, 4 and 5 runners must be registered by October 10, 2016. There will be no on-site registration allowed for relay teams or leg reassignments.

Numbers and Timing Tags

Team members must wear a number visible on their front. Each leg of the relay will be timed. Runners of each leg will be given a timing tag which must be attached to their shoelace. Each leg will be timed individually, in addition to the total team time.

Relay Instructions

Please make sure you read our Marathon Relay 101 Document. Please FULLY READ these instructions to ensure the best race day experience! PLEASE NOTE: This is our 2015 Relay 101 Document. We will be updating this page with our 2016 Document shortly.

Location of Relay Buses:

As a reference, please review our information below and our 2016 Relay 101 Document above.

Leg #1 (6.3 miles)

  • Leg #1 begins at the official start line (Intersection of Fort and Cass streets in Downtown Detroit). You must start in the appropriate wave which can be found on your bib and was assigned to you based on your estimated pace. There is no transportation to Leg #1.
  • IMPORTANT:  You will receive your medal at the relay reunion location
  • 2016 Course Map or Leg 1 Map

Leg #2 (6.1 miles)

  • Buses designated #2 will depart at 6:15 AM for exchange #2 in Windsor, located on Riverside Dr. between Bruce and Church (only runners with designated Leg #2 bibs will be allowed to enter these buses). Buses will be located on Washington Blvd. between W. Fort and Larned, one block east of the start-finish line.
  • If you live in or are staying in Windsor or the immediate area, you may go directly to this exchange. It will be up to you and your team to get back home!
  • IMPORTANT:  You will receive your medal at the relay reunion location
  • 2016 Course Map or Leg 2 Map

Leg #3 (6.6 miles)

  • Leg #3 is approximately 1/4 mile from the Start/Finish line located at Michigan Ave. and Washington Blvd.
  • There is no transportation to this exchange.
  • IMPORTANT:  You will receive your medal at the relay reunion location
  • 2016 Course Map or Leg 3 Map

Leg #4 (2.9 miles)

  • Buses designated #4 will depart at 7:00 AM for exchange #4 which is located at E. Jefferson & Baldwin (only runners with designated Leg #4 bibs will be allowed to enter these buses). Buses will be located on Washington Blvd. between W. Fort and Larned, one block east of the start-finish line.
  • IMPORTANT:  You will receive your medal at the relay reunion location
  • 2016 Course Map or Leg 4 Map

Leg #5 (4.3 miles)

  • Buses designated #5 will depart at 7:00 AM for exchange #5 on Belle Isle, Sunset Dr. and Casino Way (only runners with designated Leg #5 bibs will be allowed to enter these buses).Buses will be located on Washington Blvd. between W. Fort and Larned, one block east of the start-finish line.
  • IMPORTANT: You are the only runner who will receive your medal at the Finish Line. If you’re running multiple legs, make sure you have the designated Leg #5 bib on when finishing or you will not receive any medals.
  • Please note there is NO TEAM RUN-IN across the finish line. Any team that has more than one member crossing the finish line will be disqualified.
  • 2016 Course Map or Leg 5 Map

Relay Exchanges:

There will be a single staging area at each relay exchange. There will be volunteers calling out incoming team numbers. This should help in locating your incoming team member. However, it is the responsibility of the relay teams and each team member to know when their team member will be arriving at each exchange. This can be approximated by knowing each team member’s running pace (how fast they run). This will help in estimating when they will be arriving at each relay exchange. Many runners now carry cell phones for this communication.

Returning Relay Runners to the Relay Reunion/Finish:

The Relay Recovery and Reunion location will be north of Lafayette Ave. and First St. Only relay participants with their race number bibs will be allowed to enter this designated area. NO spectators are allowed in this area.

No Relay Run-In at the Finish:

Runner safety and security prevent a team run-in at the finish. Therefore the last leg of the relay is the GLORY LEG to be run by one member of the team. Failure to comply will result in team disqualification. Relay teams will be able to meet near the relay team entrance for their reunion and team photos.

Time Requirements:

We are fortunate to offer two international border crossings during the course of our event. To continue providing this unique opportunity, we MUST re-open the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to vehicular traffic at 10:00 AM. To ensure your safety and to meet all time limits, we have established the following milestones:

Milestones:

Miles Kilometers Landmark Time
1.9 3.1 Bridge Entrance 7:58 AM
4.1 6.6 Bridge Exit 8:31 AM
6.9 11.1 Tunnel Entrance 9:09 AM
8.1 13.0 Tunnel Exit 9:30 AM
13.1 21.1 Half 10:41 AM
17 27.4 Indian Village 11:43 AM
22.6 36.4 Exit Belle Isle 1:06 PM
26.2 42.1 Finish Line 2:00 PM

NOTE: If at any time you fall behind these milestone times, you may be required to board a bus to be transported back to the start-finish area.

International Requirements:

The relay division is an international event crossing U.S. and Canadian borders twice. It is a privilege and an honor to use the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Do not drop articles of clothing, water bottles, tissue or paper cups as you run across these prestigious landmarks. It is imperative that you accurately complete all information on the registration form, including middle name, date of birth, citizenship, and green card information (if applicable). All registrations are submitted to the Department of Homeland Security for pre-approval. For further requirements and restrictions click here.

Prizes

Prizes for relay teams are based on chip time (not clock time). Please note, participants of the Marathon Relay will receive a Team Plaque, as well as Individual Team Member Plaques in the following categories:

Place Overall Male/Female/Mixed Masters Male/Female/Mixed
1st Plaques Plaques
2nd Plaques Plaques
3rd Plaques Plaques

NOTE: There must be five individual participants on any team to qualify for any award.

NEW in 2016: A team DOES NOT need a 3:2 gender ratio to qualify for awards. There must be five individual participants to qualify for any award; however, any mixed team is eligible.