Maine Marathon Relay Information

Not sure you’re ready for a full marathon? Share the work with a team.

Groups of 2-4 individuals can put together a team and cover the distance as a relay. Teams must have a minimum of two members and a maximum of four members. Each member must run one full leg, but any member can run up to three legs in any order chosen.

There are four relay legs of varying distances from 5.7 to 8.9 miles, as follows:

  • Leg 1: 5.9 miles
  • Leg 2: 8.9 miles
  • Leg 3: 5.7 miles
  • Leg 4: 5.7 miles

Each team will receive four bibs, all of which have the same bib number, and it doesn’t matter which team member wears which bib (though bibs are personalized by name for those who register before Sept. 1). Bibs should be worn on the front and be clearly visible.

We ask that the team captain or another team member with a valid ID pick up bibs/packets/shirts for the entire team, rather than having each individual team member pick up their own bib. If you’re picking up bibs for someone else’s team, you’ll need an email or signed note from the team captain giving you permission to pick up those bibs.

Exchanges

A flexible belt (color-coded to designate team categories) worn around your waist serves as your baton. It is easily clasped and unclasped, and is passed to the outbound runner at the exchange point after the incoming runner crosses the timing mat.

Each team will get a fifth, smaller bib with a timing chip on the back that must be affixed to the belt. Push in the plastic knobs on the belt to release the cord and insert it through the bib holes, then re-attach to the plastic clip. This smaller bib is the only one that contains a timing chip.

To ease congestion, outbound runners must access the chute via the curbside opening with ‘Chute Entry’ signage just beyond the timing mat, and do so only after you have audio/visual conformation that your teammate is entering the chute and is near the mat. Runners completing their leg should follow their outbound team member and exit to the right at the end of the chute, then move away from the chute to relieve congestion.

If you’re on a team with two or three members and you don’t need to make an exchange, you should still go through the relay exchange chute and cross the timing mats to get a split time for that leg, and then proceed on your next leg.

Outbound runners gather and await their inbound teammate in a restricted staging area along the curbside of the chute designated for “Outbound Runners Only.” Spectators and runners who have just completed their leg will not be able to access this area.

Audio & visual notification of team numbers as runners are approaching chute

As you approach the end of your leg, watch for signage and flagging indicating entrance to the chute; be sure to enter there so that your team number can be identified. A PA system will be used to announce bib numbers of incoming teams, and new this year, there will be a whiteboard displaying incoming team numbers. Be sure to make yourself aware of this and be ready to enter the chute at the designated opening, just as your teammate crosses the mat, for the belt handoff. A volunteer will assist with this process. Check the whiteboard for any important information that may be posted there.

Warming up

Runners warming up prior to their leg should do so away from the relay exchange zone and off the race route. Suggested side roads to use:

  • Exchange #1: Old Mill Rd. Just beyond chute on right before Skillins Nursery.
  • Exchange #2: Along Route 88 just beyond the turn-off onto Gilman Road.
  • Exchange #3: Depot Road (Closed to traffic) just beyond the chute on right.

Please do not cross race route to avoid interfering with other runners’ progress. Leave discarded clothing or other items on the periphery away from chute and staging area.

Volunteers

Please be aware that each relay zone will have a team of volunteers assisting the relay coordinator with key tasks intended to make the exchanges as efficient and safe as possible for relay participants and those running other events. You are asked to be attentive to any information/instructions provided.

Transportation

It is the responsibility of each team to arrange transportation to and from each relay exchange point. Please take note of road closures when planning your arrival and departure to and from exchange points, and please use extreme caution if you must travel on roads that are part of the race course, especially Route 88 in Yarmouth and Cumberland. It will be greatly appreciated if you avoid parking anywhere along the race route.

Carpooling is strongly recommended to ease traffic congestion, ensure adequate parking for racers at designated lots, and in keeping with the event’s ‘green’ theme. For relay exchanges #1 and #3 (both near the junction of Route 88 and Depot Road near Skillins Nursery), parking is available at Sullivan Tire, off route 1 in Falmouth behind Rite Aid. Note that Depot Road from Route 1 to Route 88 is closed 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For relay exchange #2, parking is available at Cunningham Security Systems, on Route 88 in Yarmouth, just beyond the junction with Gilman Road.

Please do not attempt to reach Relay Exchanges #1 and #3 by taking Route 88, which is closed from Route 1 to Johnson Road. The Falmouth Police have asked us to emphasize this road closing with the relay runners. Thank you for observing this road closure.

There are many ways to study the course. Check out the ViewTheRace.com video, download the MapMyRun course to your phone, download either version of our course map (Version 1) | (Version 2), or see the turn-by-turn directions below.

Relay Map

Marathon Map

See directions to each exchange point. We have special permission from Sullivan Tire and Cunningham Security to use their parking lots. Please make sure clothing, cups, bottles, etc. are not left behind.

Runner Tracking

You can sign up for your own results notifications — or friends and family members can sign up on the Find a Participant page  as well as sign up for text and/or email notifications after they complete the race.

GPS tracking is also available through an app called RaceJoy. RaceJoy uses a cellphone’s GPS signal to track participants wherever they are on the course, and friends and family members can send virtual cheers during the race. To use RaceJoy, race participants must download the RaceJoy app and carry their cell phone during the race, and anyone who wants to follow a participant also must download the RaceJoy app.This is an ideal way for relay teams to track the progress of their teammates and prepare for the next exchange.

See the RaceJoy information guide for more details.