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WHAT IS A ROADS LESS TRAVELED RELAY RACE?

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

"The Road Not Taken," Robert Frost

Welcome to the home of the Roads Less Traveled Relays (RLT), an assemblage of relay races across the country that take participants on the run of their lives again, and again, and again.

Featuring races in Colorado, Iowa and Oregon, we have scoured the trails to find the most scenic and unforgettable relay courses on the map. Each race has its own dynamic edge and feel, but all provide the same memorable experience of camaraderie, accomplishment, and togetherness that make relay races as popular as they are. From scaling Colorado's Rocky Mountains to the quaint towns spanning Iowa Country, RLT Relays include something for every type of adventurous runner.

Your races are SUPERBLY RUN and the standard by which all relay events should be judged.
MT, Denver CO

The crux of a RLT Relay Race is the experience it provides for each participant. Races vary between 200 mile, 24+ hour relays to single day, 50 mile "sprint" races. Each course is divided up into legs that fluctuate in distance and difficulty, and there are a variety of team sizes to choose from - you decide the level of extreme you'd like to take on.

What's more, each race is organized as one big celebration. Teams are invited to decorate their vans and run in costume, emanating a theme and interacting with other teams along the course.

What I was most surprised about was the support I received along the course. Of course our team was out there gunning for a great time, but other teams would stop for me and ask me if I needed anything - especially at night, they would make sure I was okay. It's like the relay isn't about just you and your team, but about the whole race and everyone participating having a good time and accomplishing a single goal. First Time RLT Relay Participant

RLT RELAYS

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April

Des Moines to Omaha

200 Miles

Since 2013

Heartland Relay 75

April

Blanchard to Omaha

75 Miles

New for 2014

Wild West Relay

August

Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs

200 Miles

Since 2005

Flaming Foliage Relay

September

Idaho Springs to Buena Vista

160 Miles

Since 2013

Civil War Relay

 

December

Alternates Albany to Eugene/Eugene to Albany

50 Mile Sprint Relay

Since 2009

 

 

 

Runners who complete both the Wild West Relay and the Flaming Foliage Relay in the same year, earn a Colorado Mountain Goat Belt Buckle (4" x 3").

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RLT RELAY PHILOSPHY

We organize our relay races with one thing in mind: you. Keeping the runner in the forefront of our minds during the development and execution of our relays has allowed us to implement multi-component running events that benefit both the runner and the community.

Our team just ran the Wild West relay for the second time - our first one was four years ago. Four years ago we couldn't appreciate how well organized this race was, our first one hadn't taught us the lessons of a poorly organized relay yet. The past few years we have done other relays in Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. Yours by far has the absolute best organization, setup, and volunteer base that we have ever seen.  I know you pull your volunteers from a third-party organization, but you are ultimately the one responsible for making sure they are prepared to do their job and they clearly are. They are knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, and chipper which is all a team can ask for at 4am when they are rolling into an exchange point on zero sleep and miles and miles down in 90+ degree weather.  Additionally, your leg maps, handbooks, and many many emails go above and beyond.  I am sure your job is a difficult and a stressful one and we all just wanted you to know how much we appreciate your obvious passion for your job.  We look forward to our next RLT Relay! AB, Casper WY

Our relay races are developed to not only provide an unforgettable experience for the runner, but to also support the surrounding communities. That's why we created our non-profit Volunteers With a Purpose program - to involve and give back to local non-profit organizations and communities around each relay race's area.

What's more, we ensure a positive race experience for you with a sensitivity to the area. We cap our relay race entries to ensure that the course isn't overcrowded, and so we can stage a race on the most scenic and picturesque trails an area has to offer.

Our long distance relays consist of 10 or 12 (maximum) or 5 or 6-person (Ultra) teams that rotate through 30 or 36 legs as they cover the 160 - 200-mile route. This means each team member runs 3 legs (6 for Ultra teams) of varying distances, averaging a total of 17 miles (33 for Ultra teams). One person is running at a time, while the rest of the team is cheering or resting. At the end of each leg, the next runner on the team takes off when your current runner arrives - thus a "relay." The adventure is that your team will run all day, through the night, and then finish the next day.

Sprint relays consist of teams of 5, are about 50 miles long, and are divided up into 25 legs of about 2 miles each. Thus, there is a fast turn-over of runners.

The building of camaraderie between your team and those you are running against, as well as sleep deprivation, van decorations, costumes, and silly inside jokes adds to the fun and uniqueness of a relay race.

Another of our goals is to give back to the communities our races pass through. We involve local non-profit organizations as race marshals as a way for these organizations to raise money.

If you've never done a relay before, or are considering being a team captain for the first time, please read Relay 101.

SINCE 2005, WE'VE FOCUSED ON BRINIGN QUALITY TO RELAY RACING BY:

  • Designing courses that give each participant a great running experience
  • Working with the communities along the course, so you'll feel welcomed
  • Actively soliciting participant feedback so we can keep improving
  • Improving relay racing for all with our industry-leading innovations
  • Raising funds to involve and support local non-profit organizations
  • Reducing our environmental impact through noise control and green practices: we donate one percent of our total revenue to environmental organizations through our membership with 1% For the Planet (since 2006).

We were extremely impressed by the Wild West Relay. You could not have picked and designed a more beautiful course! Your course challenged us and provided us with memories that will last a lifetime. CD Littleton, CO

We invite you to take a look at our races and to celebrate running with us.

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QUESTIONS?

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding our relay races.

Runner Blogs

Here is a collection of runner's blogs written about their experience in a Roads Less Traveled Relay.

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Relay Photos

Curious how scenic our races are? Here are photos taken during our relay races.

CO Mnt Goat Club

Click here for runners who completed the Wild West Relay & Flaming Foliage Relay in the same year.

BENEFITING

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2013 Colorado Mountain Goat Club Members Announced
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