1ST ANNUAL SIERRA NEVADA RELAY
DONNER PASS TO LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
August 24 - 25, 2013
CANCELLED FOR 2013 DUE TO LOW NUMBERS - PROBABLY DUE TO A LATE START SPREADING THE WORD. WE'LL TRY AGAIN IN 2014 WITH A FULL YEAR OF PROMOTION.
Are you up for the challenge? The Sierra Nevada Relay is a 175-mile 10-person (5-person Ultra team) overnight relay race. The south to north route through the heart of the Sierra meets our criteria of finding routes of unmatched beauty through rural areas. You'll have a stunning view of the Truckee Valley as you descend Donner Pass, pass through mountain, rural, and ranching towns, climb up and over Yuba Pass and fields of wildflowers, run by lakes and through pine forests, and finish at the South Entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park.
So get out of the city and come run in the mountains with your team of friends!
The Sierra Nevada Relay will start at the Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort on Donner Pass and finish at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Along the way, you’ll pass through Tahoe, Plumas, and Lassen National Forests.
Teams will start by descending Donner Pass to Donner Lake, and run by Donner Memorial State Park, before skirting Truckee to a runner exchange at Tahoe Donner Ski Area. Running through the Tahoe National Forest, teams will pass through Sierraville before starting the climb over Yuba Pass along the North Fork of the Yuba River. Over the pass, runners will pass Gold Lake and descend to the second van exchange in Graeagle.
A winding route through Plumas National Forest takes runners to the third runner exchange in Quincy, then along Spanish and Indian Creeks to the Indian Vally and Lake Almanor and the fifth van exchange (Inactive vans and runners will be able to rest comfortably in Chester Park in Chester, just minutes from the van exchange).
The last set of legs is through Lassen National Forest, with the climatic ending at the South Entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Teams can then celebrate their accomplishment eating and enjoying a beer on the Lassen Cafe patio which faces Lassen Peak.
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There are two main divisions of teams in the Flaming Foliage Relay: 10-person and 5-person Ultra teams. Both divisions have competitive and non-competitive options.
10-person teams (6 - 10 runners) have seven competitive categories to choose from: Men's, Women's, Mixed, Open, and Masters categories. Each person on a competitive 10-member team runs three legs of the race in rotation, with legs averaging 5.8 miles in distance.
High School teams are also invited to participate and have a discounted registration fee.
Ultra teams (4 - 5 runners) have three options to choose from. Ultra teams can choose the 5 x 1 option where each runner is responsible for one leg of the race averaging 32-miles or the 5 x 6 option where each runner is responsible for 6 legs run in rotation just like the 10-person teams. The Super Ultra option is for ultra runners who want the challenge of running the route solo or on a team of up to three runners.
The Helter Skelter category is available for both 10-person and Ultra 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 category awards are given to the Helter Skelter categories.
Teams start in waves from 6:00 AM to noon - a team's starting time is dependent on a team's pace.
THE SIERRA NEVADA RELAY IS A FORM OF ADVENTURE RACE
The Sierra Nevada Relay is an adventure race in that teams are running continuously through the night to reach the finish. Many find this to be the highlight of their experience - their run in the middle of the night under the stars or full moon.
There are legs going over 7,000 foot passes, so runners must be prepared with warm clothing, and be responsible for reading their leg maps.
So as it is an adventure race with an 175-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 - runners are running on the side of the road. Therefore, appropriate rules (for safety and for consideration to the people who live there) apply. These rules are similar to USA Triathlon sanctioned events as their races are usually on open courses.
- There will be periodic time cut-offs - if a team does not reach a runner exchange by a certain time, they will have to jump ahead, skipping a leg(s) to continue.
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