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RELAY POINT - This is where the 2nd Runner will be stationed and where the 1st Runner will meet them during the race at mile 6.35. There will be an inflatable at the relay location, on the corner of Kingsland and Cobia. The physical address is listed below. There will be a large portable light in the parking lot where you may park.
WELCH DENTAL GROUP
23515 Kingsland Boulevard
Katy, Texas 77494
1ST RUNNER INFO (2nd runner please also read)
The first runner is to go to the Katy Mills Mall Sun & Ski where post race is, then walk a short distance to the start line from there. The first runner is to follow normal procedure and park according to the parking map provided via email over the past two days (twice) to all participants.
The first runner starts, with the bib and timing tag (on back of bib) that was given to them at packet pickup. The first runner starts with all other individual runners at the start. The first runner does nothing different.
When the first runner reaches about the mile 6.35 mark, he/she will turn right off Kingsland into the Welch Dental Group Parking Lot. Assuming the strong winds allow, we will have a number of signs that say RELAY EXCHANGE with an arrow directlng the first runner of each relay into the parking lot and around the back to their teammates. If the wind is too strong for the signs we will at least have someone at the parking lot entrance shouting for relay to turn in, but PLEASE look up where Welch Dental Group is so you know and are responsible for turning in, in the event of very strong winds.
The first runner will turn into the parking lot, run around the back (follow cone line and look for the Fleet Feet inflatable) and find their other relay member (the second runner). Each runner has their own bib with their own timing tag on the back. There is no baton to hand off and no number switching. The first runner simply meets his/her runner under the inflatable in the back of the parking lot and the second runner (finishing runner) starts their run. There is a split timing mat located on the road shortly after the second runner leaves the relay area. It's one the main road to catch the non-relay runners, as well. Once the second runner crosses that mat the first runner’s time ends and second runner’s time begins.
To get back to the post race area at the mall it’s 2.5-miles direct route. Do not run this in reverse. Drive it. Please realize that you may have to wait in order to get out of the relay area as the run route for the course encloses the area. Be patient. You would want the same respect if you were running. Once out the first runner can make their way back to the mall and find parking near the finish line and meet their runner.
2ND RUNNER INFO (1st runner please also read)
The second runner will go directly to Welch Dental Group. If the first runner needs to drop their runner off at the start area they may do so but we recommend doing so very early. THE SECOND RUNNER SHOULD NOT HANG AROUND TO WATCH THE START OF THE RACE. If the second runner watches their first runner start odds are they will not make it to the relay area in time to start their run. Best case scenario is that the BOTH runners drive their own cars to their own starting points in the morning. Getting into the mall area will be ok. Getting out may not, especially once the race starts.
The second runner will park at Welch Dental Group or may be directed to park in the parking lot right next to Welch Dental Group. The second runner will start running from the back of the parking lot near the parking lot entrance/exit onto Cobia, NOT Kingsland (where the first runner comes in). Unless the winds prohibit it, we will have a large Fleet Feet inflatable at the exchange point.
The second runner should know about what time to expect the first runner to get to the relay point at 6.35-miles. The race starts at 6:45am so please do the math. We are allowing the second runner to stand near the entrance/exit on Cobia where the first runner turns in and run with them to the back of the parking lot.
From the back of the parking lot the second runner takes over and leaves out the back entrance/exit turning right onto Cobia and crossing over the split mat officially starting their time.
We recommend that the first runner grabs the car keys from the second runner in the relay area before the second runner starts running. This will allow the first runner to drive the second runner’s car back to the finish area and meet them there.
The second runner starts at the relay point at mile 6.35 once the first runner comes in and the second runner runs to the end, 13.1-miles. When the second runner crosses the finish line and gets their medal they should identify themselves as a relay team and kindly request a second medal. We would prefer it the first runner claim their finisher shirt if possible as they should have a tear tag for it.
QUESTION 1 - What do I do if I’m the second runner and my first runner drops me off at the relay area on his/her way to the start? What does my first runner do when they are at the relay point and I’m gone since they will not have a car?
ANSWER - Don’t have someone drop you off. Drive separately. If you can’t drive separately then we recommend the second runner drops the first runner off early that way the second runner has the car at the relay and the first runner can get back in.
QUESTION 2 - What about my kid that’s with me at the relay point? How does he/she get back in?
ANSWER - If you are the second runner and your child is with you at the relay point…. We don’t recommend this, however, every year there are a few that ask this question. If it’s a must, we would assume you know and trust your first runner to watch, and drive your child from the relay point back to the finish.
LASTLY - IF, FOR WHATEVER REASON, YOU ARE THE FIRST RUNNER AND YOU FIND YOURSELF STUCK WITHOUT A CAR AT THE RELAY POINT AFTER YOUR SECOND RUNNER HAS TAKEN OFF, AND YOU NEED A RIDE, WE CAN GIVE YOU ONE BUT YOU WILL LIKELY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL WE ARE DONE AT THE RELAY POINT AND/OR OUR VANS CAN EASILY MAKE IT IN AND OUT.