RELAY INFORMATION, RULES AND INSTRUCTIONS
The Manchester Marathon offers the options of a 2,3 or 4 person/4 leg marathon relay and a 2 person/2 leg half marathon relay. Total number of teams for both relays combined to be limited to 125. Marathon leg distances between approximately 4.8 and 8.5 miles, half marathon leg distances approximately 6.2 and 6.9 miles. Relay teams are responsible for transportation to, from and between transition points. The marathon relay will follow the marathon course, the half marathon relay will follow the half marathon course, turning off the marathon route at approximately 10 miles, at the intersection of Bridge St. Ext. and Mission Ave.
Runners will begin at 8:50 a.m. at Athlete's Village (Veterans Park) on Elm Street. New Hampshire's own WMUR-news 9 will broadcast live at the starting line. The Marathon and Half Marathon route will run along the same course. The entire route captures the essence of Manchester and all that it has to offer.
Race packet pickup is Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sports & Wellness Expo located at the Radisson Hotel on Elm Street, Manchester, N.H. Relay Team Captains MUST pick up race packets for their teams. There is NO RACE DAY PICKUP.
The relay is limited to 125 teams. Registration will close once the 125-team limit is reached.
RELAY TEAMS REGISTRATION
Teams must register online. The Team Captain must register the entire team. There will be NO race-day registration.
RELAY TEAM CAPTAINS
Relay Team Captains: Each team must designate a Team Captain. The Team Captain is in charge of registering the entire team and picking up race packets for the team. The Team Captain will also be charged if the team's Timing Chip is not returned. Captains are responsible for providing signed parent/guardian consent forms for any team members under the age of 18.
This event will be timed by Lin-Mark Sports of Cape Coral FL & Mantua NJ using a timing chip to be worn on the ankle. Live Race Tracking and Text Results Will be Available To All Entrants.
Splits will be recorded provided the team member is wearing their chip when they cross the timing mats. The person running Leg 4 of the marathon and Leg 2 of the half marathon must wear the timing chip in order for the team to receive an official time.
There will be three relay team categories for both relay races: Men, Women, and Mixed.
Marathon teams comprised of less than 4 runners are allowed; however, there are no categories for marathon teams of 2 or 3 people. Marathon teams with LESS THAN FOUR RUNNERS will be competing against the full (4-person) teams in their category. Winning teams in each category will receive a non-monetary award.
RELAY TEAM REQUIREMENTS
Marathon rules apply. The following items not allowed on the course: bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, wagons or motorized vehicles. No dogs. No unregistered runners.
Marathon relay teams must be able to finish within the course time limit of 6 HOURS. This means that each relay team member must be able to maintain a sub-13.43 minute per mile pace.
Only one team member may cross the finish line. This person must be wearing the Timing Chip in order for the team to receive an official time.
Transition time/race segments will be officially recorded.
Teams are responsible for transporting runners to and from transition points. Busing will NOT be provided
Relay teams must exchange the Timing Chip with the next runner in the transition area. The relay runner who is running the last leg must wear the Timing Chip on their ankle. No chip, no time, no exception.
Exchange zone 3 is within walking distance of the Start/Finish. There is limited parking at Exchange zones 1 and 2.
Your bib must be worn on the front of your body.
Exchange zones include water and port-o-let. Exchange zone 3 amenities are located in Athlete's Village.
RELAY REGISTRATION FEE
$160 - Marathon, Non refundable
$80 - Half Marathon, Non refundable
YOUR FEE INCLUDES
Quality long sleeved technical shirts and finisher's medal for each team member. Winning Teams will receive a non-monetary prize.
Men Team - 1 deep
Women Team - 1 deep
Coed Team - 1 deep
NEED A RUNNER OR A TEAM?
Relay teams looking for a member and runners who are looking to join a relay team can post and link up in our Facebook page, head down to it now!
- Note: The third and fourth leg distances are subject to change with the proposed marathon course changes. The new legs will be posted on this page when they become available
- START WITH MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON AT 8:50 AM
The start is on Elm St., Manchester's widest street at Veterans Park.
- LEG # 1 - 6.2 Mi
Flat and downhill through the historic mill yard, then climbs up River Rd with rolling hills to mile 5. The last section is downhill to a flat trail along Dorrs Pond which enters the Livingston Park parking area and the 1st transition. Exchange zone # 1 is located in Livingston Park
- TRANSITION #1: Mile 6.2 at Livingston Park. Note: this is the only transition for relay teams running the half marathon.
- LEG # 2 - 4.7 Mi- MARATHON
Mostly flat with some rolling terrain and a short climb through Derryfield Park, the next section includes the marathon/relay and half-marathon/relay course split at Bridge St Ext and Mission Ave. The marathon and relay course continues straight on Bridge St Ext, turns left on Candia Rd and is flat and downhill to the second transition. Exchange Zone #2 is at Lakeside Lanes - 2171 Candia Rd.
- LEG # 2 - 6.9 Mi - HALF MARATHON
Mostly flat with some rolling terrain and a short climb through Derryfield Park, the next section includes the marathon/relay and half-marathon/relay course split at Bridge St Ext and Mission Ave., at approximately 10 miles. At this point the half marathon/relay course turns right and wends its way to a right onto Hanover St and an up and down run to Elm St. and the finish.
- TRANSITION #2: Mile 11 at Lakeside Lanes Bowling Alley
- LEG # 3 - 9 Mi
Run from Exchange Zone #3 approximately 1/2 mile to the Massabesic traffic circle and right onto the Rockingham Recreational Trail. Run for .6 mi along the trail then turns left on Lake Shore Rd and rolls past Massabesic Lake to a short uphill into an industrial park. Turns right on Candia Rd, then a quick left and the marathon/relay course re-joins the half-marathon route on Hanover St, climbs Hanover hill and runs downhill to Elm St. At the intersection with Elm St, the course splits again and the marathon/relay course turns right to the 3rd transition. NOTE: Elm St is closed to traffic on race day. Parking for this exchange point will be on any of the adjoining side streets Exchange zone # 3 is on Elm St. near Lowell St
- TRANSITION #3: Mile 19.5 - Elm St near Wall St
- LEG # 4 - 6.7 Mi
Starts flat and runs over the Merrimack River, up a short, steep hill and stays flat through the residential portion of Manchester's West Side. A short downhill leads to the Piscataquog River Trail which runs for 1.3 mi to the Hands Across the Merrimack footbridge where the course will re-cross the Merrimack River and wind its way along the river through Arms Park. A short uphill on Spring St leads to Elm St and the finish. Finish on Elm St. at Veteran's Park