200 MILES – 12 FRIENDS A running adventure in the Last Frontier! AK Relay is an overnight relay like no other. Set at the peak of summer, “night” is a loose term as the 6 hour twilight takes you through the wee hours. From the extensive Anchorage bike path network, …
200 MILES – 12 FRIENDS
A running adventure in the Last Frontier! AK Relay is an overnight relay like no other. Set at the peak of summer, “night” is a loose term as the 6 hour twilight takes you through the wee hours. From the extensive Anchorage bike path network, down the dynamic Turnagain Arm, to the reviving finish on the shore of Resurrection Bay, Alaska Relay is a run-venture you’ll always remember!
How This Massive Relay Works
Alaska Relay is split into 36 legs and is most commonly completed by a team of 12. This allows each runner to run 3 times. The TRADITIONAL (but by no means mandatory) method is for the team to run in a sequential rotation, where runner 1 does legs 1, 13, and 25, runner 2 does 2, 14, and 26, and so on. Teams split into two vans of 6 runners each. The first van starts the race sending out runner 1, cheers them on along the leg, and meets them at Exchange 1 to send out runner 2. This repeats through runner 6, who hands off to the runner 7 in the other van. While van 2 takes over the active legs, van 1 heads off to eat, rest, maybe goof of a little. Runners have 7-10 hours rest between legs and 3-5 hours of van downtime between sets (dependent on the team’s overall speed).
We’ve just described the traditional model, but you’re hip, experienced, counter-cultural, and/or bored and want to mix it up. Go for it! Want to mix and match who runs which legs? sure. Got an ultra superstar ready to take 4 legs in a row and/or someone who needs to just do 2? Absolutely. Do what works for your team. Looking to up the challenge overall? Try an Ultra (up to 6 runners) or Semi-Ultra (7-9).
Alaska Mini Relay
Are you new to relays, looking for an easy first exposure? Are you unable to commit to a whole weekend event? Do you just need your beauty sleep? The Mini is just what you’re looking for.
The Alaska Mini is 3 Legs from Chester Creek to Goldenview Middle School.Teams can start their race any time between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. You’ll be alongside the Main Alaska Relay teams, including the Costume Leg. So grab 2 friends and sign up today!
3 runners / 3 legs / 15.4 miles