Join the JRunners group on August 17-18 for a relay race like no other. Starting at 7:30PM on Wednesday in Brooklyn and finishing about 3:30AM Thursday in Monsey, the 2016 JRunners Relay is a FREE minimal-support, shortened version of our classic relay. The relay is driven by the club members entirely. Runners are responsible for their own gear, nutrition, transportation, road illumination, safety equipment, and team-building. The only expectation JRunners will have of its runners is to follow the course exactly - in the interest of fairness and safety - and come up with some clever team names. The rest is you.
Note that this shortened course means that, if you work a typical 9-5 job and are in the general NYC area, you'll at worst be late for work on the 18th, and at best, you'll be right on time. You'll be exhausted, of course, but that's why coffee was invented.
Your team can consist of as many (6 runners = approx. 10 miles each) or as few (1 runner = 100k ultra) runners as you want. You will be building your own team, but if you need some help with that, we'll be happy to help you out (but you need to ask!). You must report your teammates and team name before the weekend of August 7th.
The start is at the Prospect Park corner of Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue
Setting off from the Prospect Park corner of Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue for a full counter-clockwise loop around Prospect Park. 3.4 miles. Click to enlarge:
Exactly those of the usual relay. Use the existing maps: link. 49 miles.
Starts exactly like the usual relay leg 10, but will turn right off of New Hempstead Rd. onto Ellington Way, then left onto Winston Rd, then right on Pennington Rd, terminating at 20 Pennington Rd. 3.8 miles. Click to enlarge:
Total: 56.2 miles
There will be no markers out on the course. Know your leg cold and you won't get lost.
You can exchange runners anywhere on the course that you like, but leg records are only set by a solo runner running from official exchange point top the official exchange point.
Your team is responsible for your timing. It's a minimalist race, but we'd all still like to know who won, right? The team captain is responsible for collecting the team's times.
Runner Restart at Exchange #5
At exchange #5, in the CNBC parking lot, your team must stop, record your time, and wait until all teams are in the exchange before the race continues. Do not hand off to the next runner to continue on the course. Pull in to exchange #5, hit your watch's stop button, record the time, and stop until everyone is in. When your runner departs exchange #5, start up your watches again, and add the final elapsed time from CNBC to Monsey to the elapsed time from Prospect Park to CNBC.
Safety is NOT OPTIONAL. The relay is a ton of fun--unless someone gets hurt. These rules are mandatory, and violation of them is subject to a team's disqualification:
1) No headphones while running. Don't even ask. Clear ears, clear eyes.
2) Reflective vest. Your runner must be wearing a reflective vest while running. The course is beside a highway at night, so being seen is vital.
3) Lights. We highly recommend that the runner have a blinking red light on his or her back, and use a cap light to illuminate the way.
The Kosher Cyclists group has generously volunteered to chaperone the relay on their bikes. That will help keep us safe and in contact with each other. Please note that they are NOT your guides, and are not responsible for keeping you on course. You are responsible for your directions; do not count on them for that.
Road Layout & EMT support
The EMTs will be in front of the lead runner and behind the last runner, with Kosher Cyclists serving to cocoon the runners. please do not get ahead of the lead EMT, nor fall behind the rear EMT.
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What To Bring
1) Your sense of fun. The relay is basically a rolling party.
2) Your safety gear: reflective vest, lights.
3) Cell phones and car chargers.
4) Drinks: Gatorade, water. Ice in a cooler recommended.
5) Snacks. It's a long night.
6) A (light!) change of clothes for when you're done. A towel for your car's interior is a polite addition.
Make sure you have all your team members' cell numbers already in your phone's contacts. email the race director for his # and add that too: firstname.lastname@example.org
The race is free, but the cost of the BBQ at the finish line is not. The EMTs that are keeping us safe also cost money. Please consider offsetting some of that cost for us so it can be all that it can be. you can email the race director (email@example.com) to contribute.
We're excited to have you join us. Sign up below for free!