Down East Sunrise Trail Relay | Race Recap

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Race Location: Ellsworth to Eastport, Maine

Race Date: 7/20-7/21/2018

Race Managed/Timed By: Crow Athletics

Proceeds to Benefit (if any): The Down East Trail Coalition, who maintain the trail

Organization of Bib Pick Up: Bib pickup is at the starting line of the relay 30 minutes before your team’s start time. Teams have a staggered start depending on the estimated finish time of the team. Start times run from 5:30 p.m. Friday to 1:00 a.m. Saturday.

Organization of Race: The race was well-organized; we received our start time the week of the race & the race started on time. There were a lot of details provided on the website and in the driving, running, and race packets. On the course there were markers at the hand off points, and markers at tricky turns for both runners & drivers. Once the race started, there wasn’t much oversight. There were port-o-potties at a few exchange points but not at most; there was no oversight at the exchange points, & there were no medical personnel. The course is broken into 16 legs and teams can have a maximum of 8 people. Teams have to run a 12 minutes mile or faster.

Course Description: The trail system is gorgeous, as are the surrounding areas. The race is 102.7 miles total, with 85 on trails and the rest on roads. The course is broken into 16 legs. The Down East Sunrise Trail is a rail trail with a mostly sand & gravel surface. The exchange points were pretty easy to find & had enough side of the road parking for teams. There were 42 teams this year, which was double their team number from last year. This is the 5th year of this race. At the leg 13 exchange point, the ATV club offered bathrooms & homemade breakfast starting at 3 a.m. The race organizers hope to build more local support in coming years. Eastport is the eastern most city in the US and the sunrise is spectacular to see as a runner or from the car! The sunrise started around 3:30 a.m.

Spectators/Energy: The teams and runners were very supportive of one another, and there was a positive, albeit tired, energy throughout the entire relay. There were no spectators on the trails, but teams cheered on runners along the road portion of the race & the downtown Eastport finish line. Mostly the energy was from runners & teams supporting each other.

Swag: A hefty medal with the state of Maine & rail road ties. The ribbon around the medal shows all of the legs of the relay! In order to keep costs low, the shirt was for sale, and not part of the registration cost.

After Party: Was held at the Quoddy Bay Lobster restaurant. Wait times were long, so we just got ice cream & hung out for awards to be given.

Other Thoughts/Comments: This was my first relay, so I can’t compare it to Reach the Beach or other relays. I loved the experience and the challenge of this relay, and also being able to explore northeastern Maine. It has a rustic feel since it is on trails, and has few facilities available, but I think that adds to the unique challenge and adventure of this race.

~ Erin M.

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Giddy Up & Go MRTT Virtual Race

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Our chapter will be participating in the Moms Run This Town virtual summer run, which include 5k, 10k and half marathon distance.  The virtual races are usually themed races. This past winter the theme was pirates, last summer it was safari and this summer it is western/cowgirl.  A virtual race is one that you can participate in no matter where you are. Then, when you finish you can submit your run time during the allotted time if you choose to. In order to be able to win the prizes given at random for participating at the national level, you would need to submit your time. You can also buy yourself a medal to celebrate the completion of the race.

Here in Greater Manchester we’ve taken the “virtual” to the next level and created an event for it to get as many members together as possible to enjoy this “virtual” run. A very informal approach to a MRTT race, where we come up with a route or two, start together, and run together to complete the virtual race as a group. We hand out medals, hold kids fun runs, and have a great time together because we are just that awesome! We have a great group of members that help out in organizing and planning to make these events possible. One of our members, Beth P. took on organizing our winter virtual race and did a fabulous job and is now putting this one together! Thanks for your time Beth!

This summer, on August 16th, we will hold this year’s summer virtual – the “Giddy Up and Go” virtual race as a relay because, well, relays are awesome and like I already said… we’re awesome!  We’ve had such a blast creating teams for the Manchester City Marathon Relay event as well as the inaugural Gate City Marathon & Relay that it was decided this summer virtual race would be even better if done as a half marathon relay event.

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To change things up, relay teams will be created by random draw in a draft. Those who can attend will be hitting up Shorty’s Mexican Restaurant in Bedford at 7pm on July 24 and will enjoy company, drinks, and creating teams.  If you are not able to attend, do not fear, you’ll still be placed on a team! Check out the event page for details and to RSVP!

Giddy Up and Go will be held on the Goffstown Rail Trail and roads in the surrounding area on Sunday, August 16. Gallop over to the event page to stay updated on the latest details! If you’ve never done a virtual race or had the chance to run with our amazing mother runners, this is one event you won’t want to miss out on! If you cannot attend the group relay run, no worries! You can still run it on your own time and participate in the national Moms Run This Town event!

Gate City Marathon Relay |Race Recap

Race Location: Nashua, NH

Date: May 17, 2015

Managed by: Gate City Striders

Organization:

This race was extremely well organized.  It was the inaugural race and everything from bib pickup to course directions ran smoothly.  Relay captains and marathoners did an early bib pickup on Saturday.  The only glitch on race day was a ten minute delay waiting for the lead car to arrive.

The Course:

The race started and finished in downtown Nashua.  The course consisted of five legs that ranged from 4.3-5.6 miles each.  The legs started and ended for the relay handoff in the same area throughout.  This allowed relay teams to hang out together and cheer their fellow runners on.  It also helped the marathoners with the extra support at the start of each leg.  It was a hot and sunny run where each leg varied from downtown Nashua, residential areas, Greely Park, and Mines Falls.

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Swag:

Runners received a Brooks tech shirt, finisher’s medal, a sturdy sports bag that included a water bottle, plastic cup, chapstick, bandaids, coupons, and several brochures.  Each runner also got a beer ticket for The Arena Sports Bar.

After Party:

Some runners reported to the Arena for their beer.  Others ventured off for a free massage, pizza, or yogurt.  There was not much of an after party due to the excitement of during the race.  Relay teams had easy up tents, coolers, chairs, and snacks to share.  There was a true sense of team under those tents.

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Other Comments/thoughts:

This race really brought out the best in our mother runners! There was support, encouragement, and constant cheering from 8:00am-2:00pm.  GMMRTT really shined and demonstrated what it means to be a strong, confident woman who believes in her fellow running moms.  The entire day was filled with smiles and pride.  The bond and memories made on the course and under the tents will never be forgotten.  I am honored to be a part of such an inspiring group!

Thank you for a great day!

-Angela F