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The Marathon of the Legends Team Relay starts at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Sixth and Main Street in downtown Walsenburg at Miner's Plaza. Teams ranging from two members up to 11 (the marathon distance is divided into 11 legs) can split the 26.2 miles in any way they choose, running a single leg or as many as 10 (even alternating legs, for example). The first leg is 3.7 miles, the middle legs are all 2.1 miles, and the final leg is 3.6 miles. This is the five year anniversary for the race! Team captains will register for the full team with a flat fee of $75 regardless of the team size and receive up to the allotted 11 race bibs FOR EACH TEAM MEMBER WHO SIGNS IN BEFORE RUNNING. An added incentive for residents of Huerfano, Las Animas, and Colfax County in New Mexico is that each participant earns 5 bonus points in the ongoing "RaBa Cinco" individual and team competition. To mark that 5 year anniversary, we had in mind to do something really special to make the event memorable. How about the chance to run with someone who was a member of the 2008 U.S. women's Olympic Marathon Team?! Plans are in the works for Colorado's own Zoila Gomez of Alamosa to be available for one of the middle relay legs for those teams with fewer than the maximum 11 runners, on a lottery chance basis if necessary depending on the number of teams wanting to have Zoila join in for a 2.1 mile relay leg. I can already envision that team photo with the caption: "My Olympic Team Teammate!"
Teams with a majority of runners ages 10-14 will compete for the Youth Division championship. Individual runners age 10-14 will be limited to running no more than three legs of the race. Therefore, a team comprised exclusively of youth must have at least four team members. Team captains are responsible for identifying youth division teams to race officials in advance of the race and preferably prior to the day of the race. (See contact information provided at cocorelays.net.)
Detailed course information is available at cocorelays.net. The race begins at Miner's Plaza, 6th and Main in Walsenburg. Runners head west to Hendren Street and go north to Second Street, turning left (westward). After running for approximately one mile to this point, Second Street becomes County Road 599 where the bordering bike path will be used to reach Black Diamond Park. A left turn through the north gateway onto Black Diamond Drive, reveals the picturesque Spanish Peaks to the south. After reaching the relay exchange point at the Sales Office building (after a total of 3.7 miles) the team's leadoff runner can either "tag" the 2nd leg runner or continue to run the 2nd leg over the paved roads of Black Diamond Park which has the character of a beautiful sunflower adorned nature trail like setting. Race legs 2 through 10 are 2.1 miles each with all relay exchanges taking place at the location adjacent to the Sales Office. The final leg of the Marathon of the Legends essentially retraces the first leg, however, back in town, the anchor leg runner will turn left from Hendren to an eastbound finish on Fourth Street, just short of Main Street.
After celebrating the team's finish, teams will walk two blocks south back to Miner's Plaza where the awards ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. At minimum, the top 3 relay teams will receive awards in addition to an award to the Youth Division champion.
Important notes: 1) Proceeds for this event benefit Downtown Walsenburg Revitalization (WDRC). 2) If you have problems assembling a team, feel free to contact the race organizer who will gladly assist in matching you with others who are seeking a team for this exciting event.
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