Want to experience the camaraderie and energy of the Joplin Memorial Marathon with family and friends? Enter a team in the 5-person relay. The race has two 3.1 mile legs, two 6.2 mile legs and one 7.5 mile leg (distances are approximate due to the nature of setting up exchange zones) so there are opportunities for runners of all skill levels and walkers are welcome.
Packet Pickup for Relay Teams
There is one packet for each team that includes all 5 bibs and the timing tag. Only one person from each team needs to go to the Runner Expo to pick up the packet, although we want everyone who can to come out and enjoy it. T-shirts are picked up in a separate t-shirt area and the t-shirt sizes will be printed on the ticket. All paid relay runners get their own goody bag also.
Each Marathon Relay Runner will cross a corresponding Relay Race Finish Line at the end of your leg of the Relay Race. Relay medals will only be available at the finish line, please have the last leg runner pick these up for the entire team. Upon completion of your leg of the race, you will have the ability to ride the Relay Bus Shuttle back to the Start/Finish Area, to cheer on the member of your team running the final leg of the Relay Race. The only member of your team to cross the Marathon Finish Line, will be the Relay Team member running the last leg of the Relay Race. This will be the corresponding Relay Race Finish Line for this member’s leg of the race.
* The lengths of the relay legs are approximate but will be placed as close as possible to accurate distances listed based on the USATF certified marathon course.
1st Leg – 10km/6.2 miles
2nd Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
3rd Leg – 12km/7.6 miles
4th Leg – 10km/6.2 miles
5th Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
A Relay team consists of 5 members. If you choose, a Relay team can consist of fewer than 5 members (one or more members running more than one leg), but the entire team fee for 5 participants must still be paid. A Relay team member can participate in more than one event as long as he/she is registered in each event.
You must register and pay the Marathon entry and also register/pay as a team member on a Relay team. You would wear the bib with timing chip you receive for the marathon the entire race and you would also carry the team chip (strapped to your ankle) during your leg of the Relay.
Half Marathon/Relay Participation
You must register and pay the Half Marathon entry and also register/pay as a team member on a Relay team. You would wear the timing bib you receive for the half marathon the entire race and you would also carry the team chip (strapped to your ankle) during your leg of the Relay. The ONLY legs of the Relay that you may run is Leg 1 OR 2 as these are the ONLY legs that will allow you to stay on the Half Marathon course. All other legs of the Relay take you into the Full Marathon course.
It is not possible to run the 5k course and participate in the Relay.
Exchange Zones and Transportation
Relay Exchange Zones will be marked with a blow-up arch over the road and over timing mats. Each Marathon Relay Runner will cross a corresponding Relay Race Finish Line at the end of your leg of the Relay Race. Upon completion of your leg of the race, you will have the ability to ride the Relay Bus Shuttle back to the Start/Finish Area. Your bib will get you access into the athlete food tent area.
Relay medals will only be available at the finish line. You can have the last leg runner pick these up for the entire team OR your whole team can join your final runner to run across the finish line together. If running in as a team you can gain access to the course around 9th street where the crowd control fencing stops.
If you are not making a relay exchange please stay off the race course until your runner is coming. Each team will have ONE timing chip that will be on a strap. You can wear or carry the strap but it must be passed to each team member and cross all timing mats. The runner getting ready to take the timing strap should be waiting AFTER the arch/timing mat. The runner finishing his/her leg should cross the timing mat and handoff to the next runner.
IMPORTANT NOTES: Relay Leg start #3 at the HighSchool and relay leg start #5 at 26th and Wall will be crossed 2 times due to the course running back down 26th street again. Cross the timing mats EVERY TIME even when not making an exchange. Make sure you know where your handoff is so you aren’t confused when you see a sign for relay exchange that may not be yours. If you are relay leg #3 you’ll be seeing the exchange for #5 in less than a mile, make sure to cross the timing mat and keep going on to relay leg start #4. If you are leg #4 you’ll see relay start leg #3, make sure to keep going until relay leg start #5 for the last handoff.
The Relay Shuttles will be staged at 7th and Main Street and will run on the times below. Relay shuttle buses provide transportation to relay exchanges and back to the finish line ONLY. Approximate ride times to the exchanges vary from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the distance to the exchange from the start. Relay Buses are for RACERS ONLY (bib required to get on) no spectators allowed. Leave no personal items on the buses. You may provide your own transportation but cannot park on the race course or private property. It is advised to take the buses.
Relay beginning Leg 1: 6.2 miles (10k): No transportation, begins at start
Relay beginning Leg 2: 3.1 miles (5k) Shuttles run 5:30am-8:30 AM to Campbell Parkway Park
Relay beginning Leg 3: 7.6 miles (12k) Shuttles run 6:00 am-9:30 AM to Joplin High School (Between Indiana and Grand around 23rd street)
Relay beginning Leg 4: 6.2 miles (10k) Shuttles run 6:45 am-10:30 AM to Irving School (29th and McClelland Blvd)
Relay beginning Leg 5: 3.1 miles (5k) Shuttles run 7:30 am- 12 PM to Empty Lot (Wall/26th Street)
Teams can compete in the following categories. 1st-5th Place awards will be given in each category.
COED (at least one member is female)