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Run Bike Relay presented by Ragnar

NOTE: Be sure to check out the COVID-19 Impacts & Procedures page!

 

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How does Run Bike Relay work?
Where is the start/finish?
Required Gear
Rotation
What kind of team vehicle should we use?
Where are the transition zones and what will be at each of the them?
Course Safety
What is the weather policy?
Race Officials and Course Signage
Visible race number and vehicle number
Official start times
Alcohol
Transitions
How do I register my team?

How does Run Bike Relay work?

Teams of 2 or solo racers will cover 51 miles of trail between Richmond and Henrico and back on a bike and on foot. While your team members is on the course, the other team member will drive ahead to the next transition zone to wait for your teammate to finish. There will be a total of 6 segments, which will include 3 running and 3 biking legs.  The running segments range in length from 4 miles to 6 miles and will largely be on dirt trails.  The biking segments range from 13 miles to 20 miles and will completely be on paved trail. Each team member must complete at least 3 sections of the course, but in any order that they choose.

Where is the start/finish?

The start and finish of the race is at City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave, Richmond, VA 23221. Teams are welcome to meet here and leave their cars overnight if they would like, but this is done at their own risk.

Required Gear

For your own safety and the safety of those around you, a variety of safety gear is required while you are on the course or outside of your team vehicle. Below is a list of required safety gear to be present in each team vehicle as well as when it is required to be on your person and bike.

  • Reflective Safety Vest (each participant must have one)
  • Headlamp (knuckle lamps or handheld flashlights are permitted)
  • Tail light (for both person and bike)
  • White, solid headlight (for bike)
  • Helmet (for bike)
  • Cell Phone (in vehicle and on person on course)
  • First Aid Kit (in vehicle)

Running: A headlamp, tail light, and reflective safety vest are required while running on the trails between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Any runner that enters the transition zone during this time will not be allowed to leave without a safety vest, working headlamp, and working tail light. If you are seen running without using your headlamp, tail light, or vest, your team will be subject to disqualification. Knuckle lights or handheld flashlights are acceptable alternatives to a headlamp, but a headlamp is recommended.

Biking: A white, solid headlight and red or white flashing taillight is required at all times while riding on the trails. A reflective vest is highly encouraged but not required. Any rider that enters the transition zone during this time will not be allowed to leave without working head AND tail lights. If you are seen riding without using your lights, your team will be subject to disqualification. Reflectors are NOT acceptable substitutes for either your head or tail lights, but may be used in addition to both of these lights. Bike helmets are required at all times while riding a bike.

Additional visibility gear such as handheld lights, shoe lights or helmet lights are permitted and encouraged but not required.

Teams should be prepared with bike repair kits, patches, tubes and bike pumps in their team vehicle.

Cell phones – We require that each team have a cell phone with them at all times and that the team member on course also be carrying a phone.

Rotation

Each participant must complete at least 3 segments of the relay, but it is up to each team to determine their order and assign legs to each team member.  Keep in mind, your team member on the course MUST go to the transition zone, even if they are choosing to complete consecutive segments.

Run Bike Relay 2020

What kind of team vehicle should we use?

Teams (and solo participants) are responsible for their own transportation throughout the event. There is a one vehicle per team limit to control the amount of traffic that we have along the course and at each of the transition zones. We will provide each team a vehicle number that corresponds to your team bib number that will be required to be placed in the windshield throughout the event duration. If you are planning on racing solo, please note that we will not provide transportation for bikes, you are responsible for your providing your own support vehicle. Feel free to decorate your team vehicle to show some team spirit!

Where are the Transition Zones and what will be at each of them?

Check back for updates on Transition Zone locations.

There will be either restrooms or a port-a-john at each of the transition zones.  All teams are required to bring all food, drink and supplies necessary to complete the race. As per our COVID-19 Event Impacts and Procedures, Transition Zones will not have water coolers or access to water for refilling bottles.

Course Safety

Please be aware that the trails, both the dirt and the Virginia Capital Trail, are open to the public. Please be considerate of all other trail users and pass with caution. In addition, all roads on the Run Bike Relay course are open to vehicular traffic, including some trail crossings, so for the safety of everyone all traffic and pedestrian laws must be obeyed.  You must STOP at all trail crossings or when crossing the road. Please be aware this means these sections of course will not be controlled by police, so please stay alert and yield to any oncoming traffic. All sections of the course that include the Virginia Capital Trail MUST be completed on the Trail, no riding is permitted on Route 5.

What is the weather policy?

This is a rain or shine event. In the occasion of extreme rain prior to the event, we will reroute the course around the James River Park System single track trail. In the case of severe weather during the event, race officials reserve the right to cancel the event, condense the event and/or not allow teams on the trails until weather improves.

Race Officials and Course Signage

Participants must follow the instructions outlined by the race officials and course signage. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

Visible race number and vehicle number

Each team will be assigned a number and each team member will be given a bib with the corresponding number. There will be no bib belts to pass between participants this year. You will be given a vehicle number for your single team vehicle, which must be also be displayed.

Official start times

Your team will be assigned an official start time once online registration has closed. Our goal is to have this start time to you early the week of the event.  You must start in the wave time that you have been assigned or your team will be subject to disqualification.

Alcohol

There is absolutely no participating under the influence of alcohol nor should alcohol be in any team vehicle. Participants who are intoxicated on the course will be stopped immediately and their team will be disqualified.

Transitions

Your team member on the course MUST go to the Transition Zone, even if they are choosing to complete consecutive segments. So every team will hit every Transition Zone regardless of the order in which your team members are completing the segments. At the Transition Zones, volunteers will note that your team has “checked-in” and you will hand off your bib belt to the next team member hitting the course. If you are completing consecutive segments, you will still check-in with the volunteer before beginning your next segment.

If you are the participant on course, please be alert as you enter and exit the transition zone. If you are on a bike, please enter the transition zone slowly, dismounting when exiting the course. For all team vehicles entering and exiting the transition zone, USE CAUTION and be alert for runners and cyclists also entering or exiting the zone at the same time.

How do I register my team?

For step-by-step directions on how to register a team, or join an existing team, check out our registration instructions. If you are interested in participating as a solo racer, please email [email protected] for more information.

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