Mill Cities Relay final info & holiday party reminder

Next Sunday is the Mill Cities Relay and GMRC will be well represented with about 80 runners. The Cap’n thinks we will be strong contenders for top club this year. Below are the final details and don’t forget to come out to the holiday party this Friday at The Great North Aleworks ($10/person, RSVPs are encouraged)!

Mill Cities Relay Details:
Meet at 6:15 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at Stark Brewing Company, 500 N. Commercial St., Manchester, NH. It is a little early but this will give folks time to meet and figure out what vehicles will be used.  In years past, I know some folks have needed to get home earlier than carpool will allow. If this is the case, please speak up, so we can plan rides/carpools accordingly.

Captains will also collect $10 from each runner.

We will carpool to the start of the relay at Eagles Wing Function Hall, 10 Spruce Street, Nashua, NH.

The relay starts at 8 a.m. 

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 for the race from the Cap’n:

  • 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.

Questions? Contact Timm Huffman.

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