Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

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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.

The Basics

  • A team of 2-5 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 2 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 (all male team members)
    • Female (all female team members)
    • Mixed (any ratio of male/female team members)
    • Male Masters (all male team members who are all 40 years or older)
    • Female Masters (all female team members who are all 40 years or older)
    • Mixed Masters (male/female team members who are all 40 years or older)
  • Only teams with 5 members will qualify for overall awards.
  • Legs 1 and 2 runners are international runners and must be registered by August 28, 2017. This means they’ll need a passport, passport card, enhanced driver’s license or other documentation allowing them to do this. Legs 3, 4 and 5 are domestic runners and they just need photo identification. These legs must be registered by October 9, 2017.

Phase 1: Registration      

 At this time registration is only available for legs 3, 4 and 5. No changes to legs 1 or 2 can be made at this time.

  1. Go to imATHLETE to register for our event.
  2. Select: “Marathon Relay – JOIN A TEAM”
  3. Continue with Registration, including filling out the following questions:
    1. “Select Team” to join your correct Relay Team
    2. “I will be running relay leg(s)” to select which leg(s) you will be running.
  4. Finish and complete the registration. You are now registered on the team and your Team Captain will be receiving an email that you joined.

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I need to change my relay leg assignment! 

At this time, no changes to legs 1 or 2 can be made. People can only register for legs 3, 4 or 5.

How do I see which leg assignment I selected during registration?

Visit this link and follow the instructions to view which leg you registered for.

Phase 2: Race Day

Each relay leg runner will be wearing a colored bib (with no timing chips), which must be attached and visible on their front. Then each team will receive ONE timing belt with one white bib. This will be buckled around the active runner and will be passed among the team. Each leg will be timed individually, in addition to the total team time.

Location of Relay Buses:

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. There is no transportation to Leg #1.
  • After your leg, you will be bussed back to Relay Reunion, located inside of Conquered (located at the John C. Lodge Service Drive and W. Lafayette Blvd; directions here).
  • IMPORTANT: You must carry your international documentation with you. You will be checked while on the bus back to Relay Reunion.
  • You will receive your medal at the end of your relay leg.
  • 2017 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 Michigan Avenue at Washington Blvd., right near The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.
  • 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, as the end of your leg is close to the Relay Reunion lot.
  • IMPORTANT: You must carry your international documentation with you. You will be checked while on the bus back to Canada.
  • You will receive your medal at the end of your relay leg.
  • 2017 Course Map or Leg 2 Map

Leg #3 (6.7 miles)

  • Leg #3 is approximately 1/4 mile from the Start/Finish line located at Michigan Ave. and just east of Third St. on the North Side.
  • There is no transportation to this exchange, as it is close to our Start/Finish Area.
  • After your leg, you will be bussed back to Relay Reunion, located inside of Conquered (located at the John C. Lodge Service Drive and W. Lafayette Blvd; directions here).
  • You will receive your medal at the end of your relay leg.
  • 2017 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 Michigan Avenue at Washington Blvd., right near The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.
  • After your leg, you will be bussed back to Relay Reunion, located inside of Conquered (located at the John C. Lodge Service Drive and W. Lafayette Blvd; directions here).
  • IMPORTANT:  You will receive your medal at the end of your leg.
  • 2017 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 Michigan Avenue at Washington Blvd., right near The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel.
  • 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.
  • 2017 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 is below:

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:

Milestone Mile Marker Kilometer Marker Time of Day You Must Pass The Milestone
Start (W Fort St, west of Cass Ave) 0.0 0.0 7:24 AM
Bridge Entrance (at E Grand Blvd) 1.9 3.1 7:52 AM
Bridge Exit (at Huron Church Rd) 4.2 6.8 8:26 AM
Tunnel Entrance (at Park St E) 6.9 11.1 9:07 AM
Tunnel Exit (at W Jefferson Ave) 8.2 13.1 9:25 AM
Halfway (E Congress St & Bates St) 13.1 21.1 10:38 AM
Indian Village (Goethe St & Iroquois St) 17.3 27.8 11:41 AM
Belle Isle Entrance (at E Jefferson Ave) 19.1 30.7 12:08 PM
Belle Isle Exit (at E Jefferson Ave) 22.7 36.5 1:01 PM
End of Detroit Riverfront (Atwater St & Rivard St) 25.0 40.2 1:35 PM
Finish (W Fort St, west of Cass Ave) 26.2 42.2 1:54 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.