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—An Overnight Relay

Some Common Questions About Relay Races

There's no official label, distance, etc for this type of event, but generally an overnight relay is a two-day, 200ish mile relay run designed for teams of twelve people. They're fun, sometimes kooky, and as casual or competitive as you want to be.
That depends on the set of legs you choose. Distances can vary from under 3 miles to as much as 9, but most runners will do 15-18 miles total over their three legs. Be sure to consult the Course Map and Leg Detail Sheets to choose the legs right for you.
Yes! That's part of the magic of a relay, it doesn't stop for darkness, and in fact some of the legs are all the better for it. We do have visibility requirements for runners during the night stretches, but consider them minimum rules. Feel free to up your personal light show out on the course.
Definitely. Runners of all abilities regularly participate in these events. Team speeds range from slow and steady 10-11 minutes per mile to the ultra sub 6 minute pace. Most teams participate for the camaraderie, spirit, and goofiness that develop in these events. You'll see themed team names, wacky costumes, even the occasional epic finish line "battle". The best description we've heard was "Woodstock, running down the road."
—Course Overview

Detailed Course Maps For Runners & Support Vans

Below are the maps for each leg of the 2019 Alaska Relay. The Course Maps for the 2020 course should be available by spring 2020.

All of these maps are included in the official "The Alaska Relay Race Guide" which should be either printed or downloaded to a device that will be with you on the course.

You can view the full course map or download a printable copy by clicking the appropriate link below.

On-Line Maps
Download Maps

Team Divisions

The Alaska Relay divisions are a little different than some other races, so please review them carefully.

Open One or more team member under the age of forty.
Masters All team members are forty years of age or older.
Super Masters All team members are fifty years of age or older.
Public Service Military / Law Enforcement / Fire / Paramedics - All members or relatives active duty or reserves. No gender categories within this division.
High School Challenge All nineteen or younger. No gender categories within this division. Okay if some team members are entering freshman year of college as long as they are nineteen or younger

Gender Categories

Mixed Any combination of males or females.
Womens All team members are female.
Mens All team members are male.

Be Sensible. Be Safe. Have Fun.

We all want to have a great time, and a trip to Urgent Care usually does not qualify. What you find below are some basics about course safety and guidelines. Full detailed information and rules can be found in the the Alaska Relay Race Guide.

Race Guide

The Alaska Relay is a FULLY OPEN COURSE, meaning open to the public, traffic, etc. We make every effort to design the course to be safe for runners, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings.

—Nighttime Visibility

Every runner is required to have a reflective vest available on the course and must wear it when out of their vehicle during night hours (1100H - 0400H). Additionally the active runner on the course must have a headlamp and LED flashers facing forwards and backwards. Additional colorful and/or unique lighting is welcome! See the Official The Alaska Race Guide for further details.

—Van Support

The Alaska Relay teams are fully self-supporting, meaning your team provides for itself water, food, minor first aid. Through most of the course, your team can stop and support & cheer on your active runner. Following or "tailing" your runner on the course is strictly forbidden. Support vehicles must not impede normal traffic in any way.

—Open Roads Event

Unlike many races, The Alaska Relay uses an OPEN COURSE, meaning that all roads and paths we traverse are open to normal traffic. Be aware of your surroundings! Unless specifically stated otherwise in the Race Guide or by a Race Official, runners must follow all normal laws for pedestrians for road crossings.

You Ran A Relay! Now We All Celebrate!

A relay race is all about fun, friends (old and new) and enjoying the adventure. Crossing the finish line is not the end of the day either. We encourage all participants, volunteers as well as their frinds and family to join us for a great time at the finish line.

Course Records

The The Alaska Relay is having it's third running in June 2019! So that makes all the records up for grabs! Get a team together and get yourself in the history books!

— Overall Course Record

2017 Lactic Alaskan Trip


— Women's Open

2017 Sisters With Blisters


— Men's Open

2017 Bleeding Heart Bastards


— Mixed Open

2017 Lactic Alaskan Trip


— High School

No Record Yet

— Ultra

2018 Ultra Lazy