HEARTLAND RELAY 75 - IS THIS HEAVEN? NO, IT'S IOWA
BLANCHARD TO OMAHA - FEATURING THE WABASH TRACE TRAIL AND THE BOB KERREY PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
15 LEGS, 75 MILES, PASSES THROUGH THREE STATES (A COMPANION TO THE 200-MILE HEARTLAND RELAY)
Sunday June 7, 2015
Celebrate spring by running across Iowa with a team of your friends and try to chase down the teams running 200 miles! The 1-day version of the Heartland Relay is a 75-mile team running relay race adventure designed for runners of all abilities.
This is the companion to the 200-mile 2-day Heartland Relay that starts just outside of Des Moines in Winterset. HLR 75 teams will start at Exchange 21 in Blanchard, starting on Leg 22 on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail.
We'll all be celebrating at the finish at Millers Landing in Omaha with pizza and beer.
The one day version starts in the wonderful little town of Blanchard, right next to the Missour border. This town pulled out all the stops last year when welcoming runners.
This is a flat, fast, and scenic course, the majority of which is on the rails-to-trails Wabash Trace Nature Trail, one of Iowa's premier trails.
The Wabash Trace Trail winds through the scenic Iowa countryside for sixty-tree miles to the outskirts of Council Bluffs. The route will then take teams to Lake Manawa State Park, past the Western Historic Trails Center, and then to the Missouri River, where the last runner on the team will cross the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, finishing at Miller's Crossing and the big finish line party.
There are two main divisions: 5-person and 3-person teams. Both divisions have competitive and non-competitive options. Each person on a 5-runner competitive team will run 3 legs, each person on a 3-runner competitive time will run 5 legs, and the team must maintain the running order, handing off at each exchange. In the non-competitive, or "Helter Skelter" category, runners do not have to maintain the running order.
5-person teams will have four competitive categories to choose from: Men's Women's, Open, or Master's. Each person on a competitive 5-member team runs three legs of the race in rotation and must hand off at each runner exchange.
High School teams are also invited to participate and have a discounted registration fee.
3-person teams - Each person on a competitive 3-member team runs five legs of the race in rotation and must hand off at each runner exchange.
The Helter Skelter category is available for both 5-person and 3-person teams and is a non-competitive category. Whereas competitive teams must follow the standard relay rules of keeping the running order of their team intact, the Helter Skelter category is for teams that choose to have their runners run in any order they want. No awards are given to the top teams in the Helter Skelter category.
Teams start in waves from 5:00 AM to 9:30 AM - a team's starting time is dependent on a team's pace.
Are you an individual runner looking to join a team, or a team looking for runners? Check out our Team Matching Message Board.
In order for The Heartland Relay to be a success, each team will be responsible for choosing one of the two volunteer options- one of which benefits local community non-profit organizations.
In this way, we will secure the commitment of the more than 200 volunteers necessary to act as Race Marshals, staffing the Start and Finish areas, and the 14 exchange points along the course.
THE HEARTLAND RELAY IS A FORM OF ADVENTURE RACE
The Heartland Relay is an adventure race in that teams are running continuously throughout the day to reach the finish. But as it is an adventure race with a 75-mile route, teams must be aware of and accept certain responsibilities:
- Teams are self supporting - teams are responsible to stocking their vans with their own water, food, first aid supplies, etc. While directional arrows are placed on the course, the responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed course rests with each participant. Please always print, study and understand the leg maps available for print on this website.
- Hazards are not marked - runners should proceed with caution.
- The route is not closed to traffic - at times, runners are running on the side of the road. Therefore, appropriate rules (for safety and for consideration to the people who live there) apply.
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