About the Marathon Relay
Round up your family, friends, and co-workers and join in the excitement of the Eau Claire Marathon Relay Race. This race is perfect for runners who may not be ready for a solo half or full marathon. Get your team of four runners together and be ready for a day of fun competition, sharing the 26.2 miles of the full marathon. Depending on the exchange zone locations, each participant will run between 5.1 and 7.7 miles. Transportation to marathon relay exchange points is provided to all participants.
Awards will be given out in Carson Park following the race. Award categories include the fastest all-male, all-female, and coed teams.
Registration and Fees
New this year: Races changes and transfers will be available until March 31st, 2018. Race changes (upgrades and downgrades) will be charged $10, plus the price difference for upgrades. Transfers will be charged $15 for same-distance transfers (marathon to marathon, half marathon to half marathon, or 5k to 5k.)
Rules of the Relay Race
Runners 11 years of age and older may participate the Eau Claire Marathon Relay Race.
Headphones are allowed during the race in accordance to rule changes by the USTAF. Participants who choose to wear headphones are expected to be aware of the changing road/race conditions as well as fellow runners.
Any runner who is felt to be posing a safety concern to other runners or themselves may be removed from the race at the discretion of the Race Directors.
Strollers, pets, and roller blades are prohibited on the course. Non-race participants will not be allowed in the runner's finish area.
The marathon relay begins at 7:35 AM in Carson Park. The Eau Claire Marathon courses are officially certified and chip-timed for accuracy. The finish line officially closes at 1:30 PM (six hours). Medals will be awarded to all runners finishing before the race officially ends.
Tents will be set up within Carson Park for first aid, post-race refreshments, and massage areas. Water, GU stations, portable lavatories, and race route markers will be available along the course. View the marathon relay course map for specific tent locations.
When do you pick up your packet?
Saturday, May 5th • Expo Hours: 10 AM - 5 PM • Packet Pick-Up Hours: 10 AM - 7 PM
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire McPhee Center
*Sunday, May 6th packet pick will be available in Carson Park from 6 AM - 9:30 AM.
Does each member of the team pick up their packet? We encourage all relay members to visit the Expo, but ask for one member of each team to pick up the relay packets.
When do you start? Corral start times are 7:35 AM, 7:40 AM and 7:45 AM. You will find out your corral when you pick up your packet at the Expo.
Where are the transitions located?
LEG 1 START: Mile 0 - Carson Park
LEG 1 FINISH/ LEG 2 START: Mile 5.9 - Riverview Dr./North of Marquette St.
LEG 2 FINISH/ LEG 3 START: Mile 11 - Airport Rd.
LEG 3 FINISH/ LEG 4 START: Mile 18.5 - Bike Trail Western Ave./ Air Communications Building
FINISH LOCATION: Mile 26.2 - Carson Park
Where do you park race morning? You can park at Lot #1 - 1202 Menomonie St, Lot #2 - 198 Water Street (UWEC lot), or Lot #3 - 620 W Clairemont Ave (CVTC lot). You will then be shuttled to the relay bus starting area.
How do the relay buses work? The relay buses will load along the north side of Menomonie St., west of the park entrance (1202 Menomonie Street) starting at 6:45 AM and run continuously every 10 minutes. The second runner must leave by 7:15 AMin order to arrive on time at their exchange zone. These buses will run continuously to each relay exchange zone until the last runners have started their leg from that location.
Do you have to ride the relay bus? We encourage all relay teams to ride the relay buses.There are many road closures race Sunday that could make it very difficult for you to get to your transitions.
Can family ride the relay buses with you? Yes, but please understand that runners get first priority. You might have to wait for the next bus if it is full with relay runners.
Will we be able to watch and cheer on our teammates? We encourage all team members to stay together at each transition cheering on the incoming and outgoing runner. As soon as the outgoing runner takes off, jump on the bus and head to the next transition.
How will our time be tracked? You will be given a strap at packet pick up. The strap, which has the timing chip inside of it, must be worn on the ankle of the person starting the race. At the relay transition area, the strap should be taken off the first runner and must be secured around the ankle of the second runner. *Failure to wear the timing strap around the ankle at all times may result in missed chip reads which could cause the team to be disqualified.
Will we have to transfer our bib between runners at transitions? No, each of the team members will have a bib with your team number on it. (This number will match your strap number.)
Do we have to return the strap? No, you can dispose of it however you please.
Does the order we run in matter? Not for us. Your times will be displayed as Runner 1, Runner 2, Runner 3, and Runner 4 so you can do whatever your team wants. It does not have to match the order you signed up in.
Are there restrooms at the transition areas? Yes, each transition area will have at least two porta potties.
Should we bring our own water bottle? You can definitely bring your own water bottle but know that water and fruit will be available for finished relay runners at each transition area.
Can we cross the finish line as a team? Yes you can. Just meet your last runner at the top of the Carson Park hill (or better yet, run up the hill with your runner!) Just make sure to watch out for runners around you. Then smile as you cross the finish line!
If you run in alone, how do you get all your team medals? There will be volunteers waiting with your four team medals.
Questions when you are at transitions? Look for someone in an Eau Claire Marathon volunteer shirt. They will be able to help you.
Any additional questions?
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