The Hawaiian Airlines Team Relay is on MARCH 22nd and begins at 7:30 AM
TIPS ON HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE TEAM RELAY
If you need to replace a team member:
The team captain shoud login to the team HERE and drop/add members by MARCH 14, 2014. There is no charge for this transaction. Team members can make reimbursement arrangements independently.
The Corporate Cup
If your team has two people from the same company on it, you are eligible for the Corporate Cup. This is a separate competition where the winning relay team as part of the Corporate Cup will receive a trophy to display in their office all year long.
For more information please click here.
The Nitty Gritty
Each team will be given one timing chip on a Velcro ankle band that must be worn during the race. Runners should wear a sock under the band to protect the ankle from chaffing. Each relay runner will pass the ankle band to the next relay runner after crossing the timing mats at the relay exchange point. Do not cross the timing mat more than once. We suggest the outgoing runner test the strap for security before starting.
All leadoff runners start at the same time as the other marathon runners – 7:30 a.m. There is not a separate start for the Relay Teams. Relay runners on the second, third, and fourth legs will need to be at their respective exchange zones well before the first marathon runners pass by, as roads will be closed.
2014 relay distances. (Course Map)
Leg 1. Start to Rockridge BART(6.2 miles)
Leg 2. Rockridge BART to 580 Underpass on Maple (6.6 miles)
Leg 3. 580 Underpass on Maple to West Oakland BART station (7.0 miles)
Leg 4. West Oakland BART station to Finish (6.5 miles)
Legs 1 and 2 are the more difficult legs as they go through the hills and hence the reason for why they are shorter. Legs 3 and 4 are more downhill and flat, which is what makes them the longer legs.
On the Course
We will have 15 aid stations throughout the Relay (Marathon) Course. At each station we will offer water and Gatorade- lemon lime. Select locations will also offer fruit, salty snacks, and various flavored GU Energy Gel. We will also have at least one Port-A-John at each aid station.
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RELAY EXCHANGE DETAILS
Each team will be given one timing chip on a Velcro ankle band that must be worn during the race. Runners should wear a sock under the band to protect the ankle from chaffing.
The leadoff runner will start at the same time and location as the other marathon runners. There is not a separate start for the Relay Teams. Relay runners of the second, third, and fourth legs will need to be at their respective exchange zones well before the first marathon runners pass by, as roads will be closed.
Transportation from the start to the exchange points will be provided for the runners of the second and third legs. Transportation from these exchange points back to the Finish line will be also provided.
On the course, signs will designate the locations of the upcoming exchange points. Upon entering the exchange area, incoming runners should make sure their bib number is visible. A volunteer will announce the incoming runner's bib number to the waiting runners via megaphone.
Waiting runners will be stationed in a desginated zone according to their team's bib number. Zones are broken down for every 100 runners. (i.e. Bib #9000-9099; 9100-9199; 9200-9299; 9300-9399) Incoming runners should know their bib number and look for these zone signs. They are white with blue numbers and stand 4-ft tall.
Each relay runner will pass the ankle band to the next relay runner at the relay exchange point. We suggest the outgoing runner test the strap for security before starting. Depending on the exchange location, timing mats may be located before or after the exchange area. Do not cross the timing mat more than once with your timing chip.
Timing Chip Instructions
- It is helpful if waiting runners keep track of the race time and know approximately when their teammates should be entering the exchange zone.
- It is also suggested that team wear some sort of identifiable outfit or even carry a balloon which can be left with the incoming runner at the exchange.
- Waiting Runners are also encouraged to assist their fellow runners by shouting all incoming bib numbers.
- Do not cross the timing mat more than once with your timing chip.
- Some relay runners choose to carry the band in their hand. This is not suggested and you do run the risk of not being timed as the chips are not designed to read higher than your knee. If you do carry the band in your hand, it is suggested that you bend down when crossing the mats.
- PLEASE NOTE: Buses must adhere to the same road closures as the general public. While the drivers do their best to find the most direct route back, sometimes they get caught in traffic as well. Runners who are concerned with getting back to the stadium to see their team finish may want to consider alternate transportation.
The course will remain open for seven hours, closing on a continuous pace of 16:00 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain this pace must move to the sidewalks as the course closes to allow regular vehicular traffic to resume.
The following items are not permitted on the course: pets, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, and any other type of vehicle (other than official Marathon vehicles). These regulations are for your safety and the safety of the other participants in the race. The Oakland Marathon reserves the right to disqualify and remove anyone from the course who has any of the above items.
Bib Number Requirements
- Each team will receive four identical bib numbers; one for each runner to wear on race day.
- Each relay runner will also receive a "Relay" sticker to be worn on the BACK of the shirt.
- Please fill in the necessary medical and emergency contact information on the back of the bib number with a pen or waterproof marker.
- Please do not alter the bib in any way.
- The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race. Make sure your bib number is clearly visible for the race photographers.
- Bib numbers are non-transferable and must be worn by the registrant to whom it has been assigned.
Timing Chip Requirements
- Your team captain must pick up the timing chip during Packet Pick-Up. Without a chip, your team's time will not be recorded!
- The timing chip must be secured to the runner’s ankle with the Velcro strap provided. Chips carried above the knee are not detected by the timing equipment.
- Chips are non-transferable and must be worn only by the team members to whom it is assigned.
- Do not cross the finish line more than once.
- If you drop out of the race, please notify a course official. You will be transported back to the stadium. DO NOT CROSS THE FINISH LINE.
- Watch the Instructional Video
- Medals will be distributed to each relay runner at then end of his/her leg.
- The members of the team that win the male, female and co-ed division will receive a RoundTrip ticket courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines. (co-ed team can contain only 1 female)
- Awards will be given to the top three male, female, and coed teams.
- Awards will not be mailed. You must claim your award on race day.
- Please note that those competing in the Oakland Running Festival Marathon will not be eligible for prize money, prizes, etc. if they wear a musical device while competing. USA Track & Field Rule 144.3, states that the visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area (which includes IPods, MP3 and other musical devices) is considered assistance and is therefore prohibited. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT WEARING A MUSICAL DEVICE, YOU WILL FORFEIT ALL PRIZE MONEY, PRIZES, ETC. You will retain your overall position in the race, however. Age group awards are not subject to this rule.
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