Market to Markey Relay Ohio Showing a Big Presence in Clermont County
Over 1,300 runners on 175 teams will participate in the third annual Market to Market Relay Ohio on September 10, 2016. The relay race starts in downtown Milford and runs 76 miles from Cincinnati to Dayton and will end in downtown Dayton.
How the Competition Works: A team running relay covers 76 miles over 19 stages on a beautiful and varied course. Teams of 6, 7 or 8 runners hop in a van, run, rest and repeat. The course follows the Little Miami Scenic Trail, paved streets, back roads and urban trails through a wild and scenic slice of southwestern Ohio. The 19 stages range from 3 to 6 miles, running through the countryside and the towns of Milford, Miamiville, Loveland, South Lebanon, Corwin, Spring Valley, Xenia, Beavercreek, Riverside and Dayton.
A race of this nature takes an incredible amount of manpower and volunteer resources. As a thank you to key volunteer groups from local non-profit organizations; event organizers raise and donate over $13,000 back to these volunteer groups. Friends of the Little Miami State Park and the Buckeye Trail Association are this year’s charity partners.
Event Details: On Friday September 9, teams can arrive and pick up race packets in Dayton and Milford. On Saturday September 10, the race will start in downtown Milford. Teams will start in waves from 5:00 am to 8:00 am. The first team is expected to arrive at the finish line at 3:24 pm. Teams will continue finishing until 8:15 pm.
Once teams finish their 8 to 12 hour journey, they are treated to a lively post-race party and expo. Everyone is welcome to join the party which will feature food, drinks and music as well as the awards for the Market to Market Ohio winners. Prizes will also be awarded to teams in the best costume and best decorated vehicle.
“We are thrilled to build on the success of the last couple years. It will be incredible to watch 175 teams complete the challenge,” said Matt McBride, Race Director. “With runners from 16 states and throughout the tristate area, it will be a phenomenal group of runners taking this challenging course and true test of runner endurance,” he added.
Combine the running with outrageous costumes, memorable van rides and a lively Post-Race party and it all adds up to be one unforgettable day.
Registration has sold out for this event but there is always room for you to cheer on your favorite team or volunteer for this awesome event. To be a part of the fun next year, registration for the 2017 Market to Market Relay will open in January of 2017. For more information and race details visit their website at ohio.markettomarketrelay.com