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8 Person Team: $800 / 12 Person Team: $1,200 / 16 Person Team: $1,600
Packet Pick-up: Friday, May 26, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Pre-Race Meeting: 30 minutes prior to your start time at the start line.
Team Captains must bring the following items to packet pickup:
4 reflective vests
8 blinking lights
“forward facing” light with a minimum 30 lumens (i.e. headlamp)
Team Captains will pick up the following items at packet pickup:
Wrist bands (the relay “baton”)
Additional last minute instructions
Please submit your requested start time by May 19th.
We will consolidate start times and issue a starting schedule on May 24th. During the race, adjust your team to arrive between 3:30 and 7:30 pm on Sunday, May 28th.
Either take a break or double up runners to arrive in Columbus between 3:30pm and 7:30pm on Sunday, May 28th.
Finish Cutoff Times
7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 28, 2017
We have spent much time driving to lay out the RAG route and establish the transition points. The route is scenic, quiet and very rural. Drivers in the rural areas and most of the route will not be expecting runners. All runners must yield to all vehicles. Crew members are to monitor and guide their runners throughout the course. Each runner needs to familiarize themselves with the overall map, the Map My Run Application and the written instructions. If a wrong turn is made, the runner must return to the course on foot to where the error occurred and then resume the race.
Transitions will be marked with spray paint on the road, an orange cone and an American Flag. Each team should check in at the designated spot by texting or calling race central.
Race Wrist Bands
The official race wrist bands must be worn by the runner actively running. The wrist band will be the hand-off at each Relay Transition and are a condition to proper team check-in at the Finish Line. The wrist band will be issued to each team at packet pickup.
We will provide lists of motels, police/sheriff’s departments, fire stations and Port-o-lets that are available to use along the route. RAG will not provide any accommodations or aid. Runners can stay, eat and resupply anywhere they can arrange—hotel (not many along route), motel (plenty, but some are interesting), tents, farms, churches, etc.
Teams must be completely self-supported by their own means or via their own crew.
Please submit the names and phone numbers for anyone that will be crewing for you. Email this by May 14th to email@example.com. They will be required to sign a waiver.
Relay team runners may not have pacers at any time (bikes, other runners, etc). Each runner must complete each assigned leg of the course under his or her own power. Walk, run, crawl, jump, skip, hop or roll to the finish line, but all must be done under your own power. Participants cannot have any assistance in forward progress on the course. This includes riding in cars or physical support by other runners or crew.
Racers, crew, and staff must not litter, mar, or pollute the landscape or environment. Port-o-lets will be available at select transitions.
All runners will be required to have a forward facing light, with a minimum of 30 lumens, as well as 2 blinking lights and a reflective vest while running between the hours of 8pm and 7am.
All racers and all crew members are required to wear a reflective vest, as well as blinking red lights facing front and rear, anytime they are out of a vehicle between the hours of 8pm and 7am. We encourage everyone to wear the reflective vest 24/7. This is required if you are outside of a vehicle for any amount of time between the hours of 8:00pm and 7:00am- regardless of whether it is 2 seconds or 2 minutes.
Support vehicles cannot trail runners. All runners are required to run opposing traffic unless you are directly behind a police escort. Runners and support vehicles must obey traffic laws at all times. All vehicles will drive on the correct side of the road at all times. If a driver pulls over on the side of the road all tires must be off the road AND should be far enough off the side of the road that door will not open into traffic. We encourage you to park in parking lots whenever possible.
Always look and listen both ways before crossing the highways. Runners must yield to all vehicles. Remember that drivers will not expect to encounter runners or parked vehicles out on the course. Remember we are on public roads.
County Sheriff Departments and Police Departments along the route have been notified about this event. They are aware of the extra traffic and will be available for assistance.
Georgia is hot and humid in May. Moisture management is crucial for event success. Do not under estimate the effects of moisture. Rain is not uncommon this time of year, as well. Watch out for rubbing, chafing and blisters.
Vehicle Decorations and Team Names
Vehicles need to conspicuously display a “runners on the road” sign in or on each vehicle. Runners will also be encouraged to decorate their car for the event. There will be a Best Car Award. We ask that the decorations be tasteful and appropriate for all ages. Teams with offensive names or decorations will be asked to change names and remove decorations.
Teams are required to establish a runner rotation and keep the same rotation/order throughout the entire race. Teams cannot substitute new runner once the race starts. Only runners on the registered team may run the race.
To be considered a competitive team, each team must adhere to the following:
- Establish a runner rotation
- Maintain the same runner rotation at all times
- A runner is out of the race if they get injured, sick or tired and cannot complete or start a leg. The runner cannot rest, hydrate, recover and/or medicate and return to the rotation further down the road. The team will automatically become a non-competitive team if the runner re-enters the race.
- If a runner drops out during their leg, there are 3 options:
- The next runner in the rotation would continue the leg and also complete their next leg. For example: If runner #8 cannot complete leg 24, runner #1 will complete leg 24. At the end of the leg runner #8 will then complete leg 14. Runners 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 would continue in their rotation order until the finish line is reached.
- The next runner in the rotation would continue the leg and would hand off to the next runner at the end of the leg. For example, if runner #8 cannot complete leg 24, runner #1 will complete leg 24. Runner #1 would hand off to Runner #2 at the end of leg 24 and Runner #2 will complete leg 25. Runners 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 would continue in their rotation order until the finish line is reached.
- If runner #8 cannot complete leg 24, runner #1 will complete leg 24. The 7 remaining runner choose to allow Runner #8 to jump back into rotation at any point, forfeiting their competitive status and becoming a non-competitive team.
- Leg #47 – By now, you have probably heard of this SUPER LONG 10 mile stretch of road near Fort Benning. Because we know that 10 miles is kind of a long way, we have decided to show a little mercy on this merciless part of the course. The designated runner for the 10 mile leg has to start the leg. Then the team has the option to sub in a pinch runner at any point along the 10 mile stretch to break up the miles and make this section more manageable. This is the only section of the course that this pinch runner is permitted. When changing one runner for another in this section, please do it as quickly as possible with no prolonged stops. This is important for the safety of your team. Please do not park RV’s, multiple cars, or excessive people along 280 since we are technically on Fort Benning Property.
Finish Line Celebration
The finish line is on Broadway in Columbus, Georgia. RAG Celebration will be at the finish line on Sunday evening from 3:30pm-7:30pm. Food will be provided for participants and crew. You are welcome and encouraged to invite your family and friends to greet you at the finish line. Food and drinks for donation will be available for friends and family.
Awards Ceremony will start at 7:30pm Awards will be given for the following categories:
1st Place Overall
1st All Female Team
1st Military/Public Safety
All participants will also be in the running for “best team spirit/car decoration”, and “best t-shirt” swag bags.
Fundraising awards will be awarded after the fundraising period ends.
All participants must be a minimum of 14 years old at time of race. Participants that are under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
There are 49 legs for the run relay. The 49th leg is a “wild card” leg: anyone from the team can run it or the entire team.
Do not underestimate the difficulty of what you are about to attempt. The race is always hotter, longer, harder and more challenging than you can image or remember. Please prepare mentally, physically and logistically for what is about to happen.
Please use public bathroom or Port-o-let along the race route. In the event you must use nature’s bathroom, please make sure it is in an area that is out of the way and cover it with leaves or pine straw.
Please be courteous of businesses and personal property along the route ensuring everyone involved has a positive experience.
Please like/follow Run Across Georgia on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. Be sure to hashtag #RAG. Let us know if you have a public page so we can follow.
The Run Across Georgia website will have a chart logging the progress of participants. Please pass the information to friends and family: www.runacrossgeorgia.com
The Run Across Georgia is a “race” against the clock. Due to various start times, the first team to cross the finish line may not necessarily be the “winner”.
May 10th: All logos for corporate sponsorships must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org in .eps or .ai format
May 24: Packet pickup and pre- run meeting for solo runners-3:30am
May 24: Solo runners begin! 4am
May 28: 3:30pm-7:30pm: Finish Line Party
May 28: 7:30p,-8:30pm: Finish Line Ceremony.
June 15th: Fundraising period closes