Each relay team has five runners; the distances for each team member are as follow:
- Leg #1: 6.25 miles (includes the hill)
- Leg #2: 6 miles
- Leg #3: 4.75 miles
- Leg #4: 5 miles (includes the hill)
- Leg #5: 4.2 miles
- Male (all male runners)
- Female (all female runners)
- Coed (one runner from opposite sex)
- Masters (all five runners age 40+)
Corporate (all five runners work for same organization)
- The winning Corporate relay team is given $500 to present to the charity of their choice.
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- Each team is encouraged to designate one team vehicle to use for transporting team members to their applicable exchange zones.
- Each team will be issued a parking pass for your designated team vehicle which will allow you into the parking areas designated for relay parking.
- Please drop your first runner off at the starting area by 7 a.m.; all relay cars must leave the area by 7:15 a.m. (the park entrance will be closed at 7:15 a.m. for the race start).
- Please allow 5-10 minutes to walk from designated parking areas to each exchange zone.
- Team members are encouraged to cheer their teammates on as they approach the exchange zone. Once the exchange is complete, move your vehicle to the next exchange zone. This leapfrog approach keeps the number of relay team vehicles on the course to a minimum.
- All participants must abide by all rules of the road while driving on the race course. Please do not park along the race route and do not break the applicable speed limit (drivers should not speed nor should they drive extra slow to cheer for runners).
- Be prepared to stop in those areas where the road intersects the race course.
- Be ready by 7:00 a.m.; race begins at 7:30 a.m.
- Runner #1 must have racing bib on front of shirt and must have relay bracelet on their ankle.
- Runner #1 may leave extra clothing in the Gear Check area or team vehicle.
Exchange Zone #1
Located on the west side of the University of Mary Field House (see parking map on bismarckmarathon.com).
All relay team’s must use the North Entrance of U of Mary to enter and exit the exchange zone See U of Mary Parking Map on Website
- Enter the Field House from the east side, walk down the stairs to track level and exit the doors on the west side leading to the exchange zone.
- Runners may use the Field House restrooms and rest inside the building.
- Water and Gatorade will be available.
Runner #1 will receive finisher’s medal after handing off to runner #2.
Note: Runners who are running both the relay and the half marathon or full marathon should designate a team member to grab their medal at the exchange zone.
Exchange Zone #2
- Located on the north side of Cottonwood Park.
- Park in the 12th Street/Santa Fe Avenue parking lot.
- Water, Gatorade and Spiffy Biffs will be available; additional bathrooms located next to the playground.
- Runner #2 will receive finisher’s medal after handing off to runner #3.
- Runner #3 Your leg covers miles 12-17 requiring you to cross the start/finish area mat once as part of your leg (see route map to avoid any confusion for your leg)
Exchange Zones #3 and #4
- Exchange Zones #3 & #4 are both located along Highway 1804 and share the same parking area.
- Parking: drive south on 12th Street to 48th Avenue and turn left; follow 48th to Centurion Drive and turn left. Watch for marathon parking signs and attendants. Please do not access the parking lot via Skyhawk Drive or Highway 1804.
- Water, Gatorade and Spiffy Biffs will be available.
- Runners #3 and #4 will receive finishers’ medals upon completion of their legs.
- After runner #4 hands off to runner #5, drive to the finish line to cheer your team member across the line.
- Runner #5 must wear the ankle bracelet on their ankle.
- Runner #5 will receive their finisher’s medal at the finish line.
- Each team member may enter the food court and enjoy snacks, chocolate milk and knoephla soup courtesy of Kroll’s Diner.
- Exchange zone handoff areas are identified by orange fencing.
- As you approach the exchange zone, you’ll run off the course onto a grass section designated by the orange fencing.
- Hand off your team ankle bracelet to your next team member. NOTE: Runners #1 and #5 must have the ankle bracelet on their ankle to ensure accurate timing.
- Return to the team vehicle ASAP so you can drive to the next exchange zone.
- To assist runners at the exchange zone, the bib numbers of relay runners nearing the exchange will be announced. Listen for your team number and move into the exchange area when you hear your number.
- A challenge with the relay is teams who do not know their team members and therefore have difficulty finding their teammate at hand-off time. It’s important that teams communicate with each other to ensure everyone knows who they will be handing off to during the event. Tip: Have your team wear something unique or a distinctive color to help them stick out from the crowd.
- It is your team’s responsibility to make sure each team member is at the exchange zone in plenty of time to make the handoff.