Category: Races

Final logistics info for 2022 Mill Cities Relay

Next Sunday is the Mill Cities Relay and below is all the final race-day and logistics information. Captains should be in contact with you this week to discuss leg assignments, carpooling, etc.

IMPORTANT: If, for any reason, you can no longer make the race, please let your team captain know as soon as possible, as this may impact our eligibility to score points and we may need to inform the organization about this.

We will meet at Stark Brewing Co in Manchester between 6 and 6:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.

Captains will collect race fees from each participant. The cost to run for paid club members is $10. If you haven’t paid for 2022, you can pay dues the morning of and it will cover you for 2023. The race fee + the club registration is $40.

After collecting fees, captains will bring the money to Muriel Saliba and she will provide the team’s race packet.

We will have club branded buffs for anyone who wants one and GMRC singlets for sale for $20. Please see Timm Huffman if you are interested. Cash, check, or Venmo will be accepted, but no IOUs.

Once the packets are handed out, each team will carpool to the start at Eagles Hall in Nashua, shooting to leave Manchester by 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8 a.m. Eagles Hall has bathrooms and there are several food/coffee options nearby.

The race ends at the Claddagh Pub in Lawrence, MA. Many will stay for a pint, lunch and awards ceremony. Others will leave early. If you need a ride home before the team leaves, or want to stay longer, please talk to your captain and they can help get you a ride home.

Since this is a marathon-distance relay, most teams can expect to be finished running between 10:30 and 12. The race ends at Claddough Pub, Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St, Lawrence, MA, and lunch is included.

For captains/team drivers, here is the link to the course information and locations/maps for the transitions:

Additional notes on race-day logistics

  • Prior to the start of the race, get an estimate of how long each runner takes to complete their leg. This will help you determine how much time you have between transition zones.
  • Drive to Transition 1 (Leg 2). All teams need to leave the Eagles Wing Function Hall 5-10 minutes before the start of the race to avoid being caught up behind the racers, as there is a spot where the runners cross the highway on route 3 and if you get caught behind that you might not make transition 1. 
  • After the handoff, collect your runner and proceed to transition 2 (Leg 3). Leg 3 is short (2.5 miles) and should take your runner between 14-20 minutes to complete. With this tight margin, it may be necessary to drop runner 3 at transition 2, then proceed immediately to transition 3 to drop runner 4, circling back to pick-up runner 2 before grabbing runner 3 on your way to support runner 4 on the long leg.
  • Leg 4 is a nine-miler and you will have plenty of time to support your runner a couple of times, but be sure to arrive at transition 4 on time.
  • You can support runner 5 early on, but you should hustle to the finish line, as some streets are blocked off and the drive can take a while.

It’s time for Mill Cities Relay

After a one year hiatus due to COVID, we are excited to resume participation in Mill Cities Relay, December 5, 2021. The cost for club members is just $10.

Also, save the date for our annual club holiday party, December 3, 2021.

While I could write a nice summary of the race, I’m going to defer to the words of the Cap’n, John Stanzel, from a recent email thread.

It’s been a while since I have weighed in with my perspective on running, competing–life. Sometimes of course life, be it Covid or cars (as some/most likely know your Cap’n was on the losing end of a bike + car encounter) gets in the way of fitness. But my injuries and Covid are now behind us, & there are no excuses for making some noise at this years Mill Cities Relay on 12/5/21. Before we go any further with this missive, lets be clear on Pete’s assumption “Know that he will be proud of your effort and expect a bit more.”  Nope. Pete’s heart is in the right place–but here is what you should know by now — I don’t expect a bit more, I expect a lot more. And nowhere can you exceed your own running expectations than by running a relay race. Running every step knowing that it doesn’t improve your standing in the race like your usual Santa shuffle. No. You are running your best so that you don’t let your teammates down–so that the team score/time is the best it can be. And when GMRC, when your neighborhood running club comes in top three–THEN I will be proud of your effort. Plz mark Dec 5 on your calendar–its been a long 18 months but finally, fitness & camaraderie is calling.”   Cap’n John

If you’re interested in participating in one of the club relay teams, please email Muriel Saliba with your name, age, and 5k goal pace.

Thanks and looking forward to racing with you!

The Hunger Chase Race Series

Runners are you looking for a series of races that support a good cause? CGI Business Solutions and Total Image Running are teaming up to fight against hunger in NH. This 3 race series will benefit the NH Food Bank.  The first race in the series is called Hunger is The Pitts 5k will be held on Sunday, June 10th at 9:30 am at the Auburn Pitts. The second race of the series is Donation Dash 5k will be Thursday, July 26th at 6:20pm at the McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester. The Finale will be 10:00am on Sunday, September 23rd at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester.

Mill Cities Relay is Almost Upon Us

One week from now we will all have busted our …. for the Club?  for the captain?  for personal growth?  for the hell of it?  Whatever the reason now is the time to scale back your training and top off your glycogen stores for next Sunday.




Click HERE to view the Team Roster (links to Mill Cities Relay Site).