Pepsi Max Marathon Relay

Welcoming Pepsi Max back as our title sponsor!

If you’re not quite ready for a full or half-marathon, here’s your opportunity to join the fun! Grab a few friends and join us for this great event. Check out the details below.

Team Relay:

A team of three to five runners will cover the entire 26.2-mile distance. Each runner will run at least one leg of 4–7 miles, handing off a timing chip to the next team member at a relay exchange zone. Runners who wish to run more than one leg must run consecutive legs.

The team can have as few as three members competing. (If you’re only going to have two people on a team, enter the half marathon instead.) A runner who wants to enter the full or half-marathon may be part of a relay team, but must run the first leg, of course. He or she must also register for each of the events.

Teams can enter in the Men’s, Women’s or Open (Co-ed) divisions.

NEW FOR 2012! The New Holland Brewer’s Boot Division!  Our official beer sponsor, New Holland, is throwing down the challenge!  Can your pub beat ours?  Get your favorite watering hole to sponsor a team in the Brewer’s Boot, and earn bragging rights.  This special division for New Holland beer lovers can be entered by any brewery, pub, or establishment that can talk us into it.  The sponsor fee of $50 will go directly to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.  (Other registration fees are as listed on our registration page.)

Numbers, Batons and Timing Chips:

Team members will wear a race number visible on their front. It will be a different color from either the half or full marathon.

Relay runners will carry a timing chip that will serve as the “baton.” These batons must pass over the mats at the extremities of the course. The batons will be exchanged in clearly marked and supervised exchange zones.

Relay Exchange Zones:

Corrals are set up at each relay exchange point. Chip handoffs will take place in the marked area. Exchange zone volunteers will monitor the handoffs.

 Exchange Zone Locations
Leg 1 Start 0.0 mile At the Starting Line 4.2 miles
Leg 2 Start 4.2 mile West Fulton & Mt. Vernon 6.1 miles
Leg 3 Start 10.3 mile On bike path at north end of Millennium Park 4.6 miles
Leg 4 Start 14.9 mile At bike bridge on Indian Mounds Drive 6.5 miles
Leg 5 Start 21.4 mile At bike bridge on Indian Mounds Drive 4.8 miles
 Shuttle Bus Schedule

Zone

Location
6:00 – 9:00 Pace 9:00 and Up Pace
To Leg 2 Start NO BUS – Walk south to Fulton, then 1 block east    
To Leg 3 Start Veterans Memorial Drive 8:15 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
To Leg 4 Start Indian Mounds Drive at bike bridge 8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m.
To Leg 5 Start Indian Mounds Drive at bike bridge 9:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Packet Pickup

The Relay team packet should be picked up by one individual. It will not be possible to issue partial packets to single individuals. One person should pick up the packet for the whole team.

Relay FAQ

Do we need five runners?

You may have three, four, or five runners. A runner may run more than one leg, but they must be consecutive. If you want to have two runners, you should each just sign up for the half-marathon instead.

How long are the legs?

The length of each legs varies according to the table above. Split times will not be available for each leg.

Are there shelters at the exchange zones?

The shuttle buses will be available as a shelter for the relay people.  Leg 2 Start is under the freeway and is out of the weather entirely.

May I get myself to the the exchange zone? Do I have to ride the bus?

We strongly recommend riding the bus to relay exchange zones for Leg 3, Leg 4, and Leg 5 since the course is closed to automobile traffic. Exchange for Leg 2 is only a short walk from the YMCA so all of the Leg 2 runners will need to make their way to that point (W. Fulton and Mt. Vernon) by themselves. Parking is an issue at the exchange zones so if you intend to drive make sure you consider parking.

Will my clothes and valuables be returned to the starting line on the buses?

Yes they will, HOWEVER, you may arrive before the bus does. The Grand Rapids Marathon cannot be responsible for your valuables left at the exchange zones. You should coordinate with your teammates as to how your gear will be handled.

What shall I do with my clothes and valuables?

Make a plan with your teammates as to how you will handle your clothes. We strongly suggest that you do not bring any valuables with you. The exchange zone volunteers cannot be responsible for your stuff.

What constitutes a co-ed team?

That’s easy, co-ed teams have more than one gender. The ratio is irrelevant.