Saturday, August 26 2017, 7 a.m.
This 13.1-mile course has been broken into 2 parts for relay teams. The first team member will run or walk 6.7 miles beginning in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, through the historic Mayo Clinic campus, onto bike paths and running trails before reaching the relay exchange area past the History Center of Olmsted County. From the exchange area, the second team member will run, wheel or walk 6.4 miles on trails and bike paths before finishing at Soldiers Field, directly west of the Soldiers Field track on George Gibbs Drive SW. Each team member will experience woods and waterways including Cascade Creek, Cascade Lake, Bamber Lake, Bear Creek, and the Zumbro River. It's all available on this one course: neighbors cheering on the city streets, geese floating on the lakes and rivers, the cool silence of the deep forest, and the roar of the crowds at the start and the finish. View the course map.
The Half Marathon Relay begins at Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester and finishes west of Soldiers Field. Participants should gather in Peace Plaza, between 1st Ave. SW and 1st St. SW, for staging. The race will begin at 7 a.m., with wheelchair racers starting first. Participants will finish on George Gibbs Drive SW, directly west of Soldiers Field Food and beverages will be available after completion of the half marathon relay. .
Relay Exchange Zone
Relay Team Rules
Each relay team consists of 2 members. The first team member will run 6.7 miles, the second team member will run 6.4 miles. There are 3 categories for competing as a team:
- Male - 2 male team members
- Female - 2 female team members
- Coed - 1 male and 1 female team member
Registration is required. Online registration can be found HERE
What Do I Get?
Half marathon relay runners will each receive a high-quality technical t-shirt and a custom medal. Free recovery food and drink will also be available to all participants. This year, the half marathon relay is limited to just 250 teams. Sign-up early to guarantee your spot as one of the 250 relay teams. .
Packet pickup and late registration for all races will be at SCHEELS Sporting Goods, 1220 12th St. SW (Apache Mall); Rochester, MN
Thursday August 24th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, August 25th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
And in the Peace Plaza Square at 100 1st Ave SW Saturday morning, August 26 from 5:30am -6:45am (packet pick up only)
There will be no late registration on the day of the event (Saturday August 26)
Starting corrals will not be used but runners and walkers will be encouraged to line up according to their predicted finishing time or anticipated mile pace time.
A pacer is an experienced runner who is able to maintain a consistent speed throughout the event allowing other runners to join in and achieve their race goals. The TerraLoco Pace Team will be our official pacers for 2016. There is no need to sign up in advance. Just find the designated TerraLoco Pacer carrying the sign closest to your goal time and join the group. Based on half marathon finishing times, the following Pace groups are available: 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30.
Free shuttle bus service is provided for runners from downtown Rochester (2nd Avenuse SW, directly east of Zumbro Lutheran Church) to the Relay Exchange area on Salem Road SW and back again. The bus will run continuously from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The bus will load and unload on 2nd Avenue SW, south of 6th Street SW, between Zumbro Lutheran Church and the back side of the Family YMCA. Please keep in mind, if you choose to drive to the Relay Exchange area parking is very limited.
On the Course
Aid stations serving up water and Gatorade are located at miles 3.25, 5, 6.75, 8.5, 10 and 11.5. Port-a-johns are located at the Start and Finish and adjacent to every aid station. Medical support is available along the course and at the finish line.
Relay team awards are determined by chip time. The top 3 relay team winners in each of the 3 categories (Male, Female, and Coed) will receive special recognition at an awards ceremony in Soldiers Field immediately following the event. Awards will not be mailed out. You must pick up your award in person or have someone pick it up for you.