Nation’s Largest Day-Long Relay Has Even More Runners
(Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 4, 2016) October 8, 2016 Market to Market Relay Nebraska presented by Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital has 600 teams and 4,800 runners, once again making it the largest day-long running relay in the nation. Runners from 31 states and 196 Nebraska communities are taking part in the annual team running relay race. “Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital is proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of the Market to Market Relay Nebraska,” said Levi Scheppers, Chief Executive Officer at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital. “It’s a great way to engage our community and we’re happy to support this memorable event year after year.”
The 9th Annual Market to Market Relay will start at Omaha’s Aksarben Village again in 2016 and finish in Lincoln’s Haymarket. Race Director, Ben Cohoon, said, “We are excited for new and old teams to experience the race. It has become a must do event for Midwest runners. Teams will start as early as 5 am at the Aksarben Village starting line and then jump into their team vehicle and begin their 8 -12 hour running road trip to Lincoln.” The race annually brings in about a million dollars to Nebraska’s economy, based upon an economic impact study. Lisa Bockman of Noddle Companies said, “Aksarben Village is thrilled to host the start line for the Market to Market Relay. With 4,800 runners and 600 teams we can’t wait for both the runners to experience Aksarben Village and the restaurants, hotels, and shops to experience the Market to Market Relay.”
The pinnacle of the event for most teams is crossing the finish line in Lincoln’s Haymarket district. After passing the baton between teammates for 8 to 12 hours across the entire course, all teammates run the last 0.3 miles together, before crossing the finish line as a team. Here teams are greeted by the Pepsi Post-Race Shindig where the good times continue. The block party, festival style atmosphere is open to the public and includes food, drinks, music and tvs for watching the football game.
|How It Works|
|Each team consists of six to eight runners, with each team member running two or three legs of the relay for a total of about 10 miles spread over the day. Teams start in Omaha, leaving from the new starting line at Aksarben Village. Waves of 50 teams leave Aksarben Village every 20 minutes starting at 5:00 am until 9:40 am. Each team’s first runner will start with their baton and run to meet their teammates at the second exchange. The rest of the team will hop in their van and drive ahead to the second exchange point and wait for the first runner to pass the baton to the second runner. Teams continue this pattern where they hop in the van, run, rest and repeat all the way to Lincoln’s Haymarket.
The running road trip from Omaha to Lincoln covers 76 miles over 19 stages on a scenic and varied course through 4 Nebraska Counties. The 19 legs range from 3 to 6 miles running through Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Springfield, South Bend, Murdock, Elmwood, Eagle, Walton, and Lincoln. The course follows the bike trail system, paved streets, and gravel back roads through a diverse and scenic slice of eastern Nebraska.
– Race Day is Saturday, October 8th, 2016