Harvest Marathon Relay

Sun November 7, 2021
Benefiting the Houston Food Bank
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Events

Large Group Team - $1000 group registration fee includes 25 registrations

$1,000 7:00AM CST - 10:00AM CST Registration opens September 2, 2021 at 6 a.m. CDT. Does not include $50 RunSignUp fee.

Small Group Team - $500 group registration fee includes 10 registrations

$500 7:00AM CST - 10:00AM CST Registration opens September 2, 2021 at 6 a.m. CDT. Does not include $25 RunSignUp fee.
Great for running groups!

Individual Registration Team - $65 individual registration ($55 before October 11) fee up to 25 registrations

$55 7:00AM CST - 10:00AM CST Registration opens September 2, 2021 at 6 a.m. CDT. Register before October 11, 2020 and save $10 on the regular registration fee of $65. Does not include RunSignUp fee.
ELIGIBLE FOR TIME BASED AWARDS

Competitive Team - $500 group registration fee for up to 10 registrations

$500 7:00AM CST - 10:00AM CST Registration opens September 2, 2021 at 6 a.m. CDT. Does not include $25 RunSignUp fee.
ELIGIBLE FOR TIME BASED AWARDS

Competitive Team - $65 individual registration fee ($55 before October 11) for up to 10 registrations

$55 7:00AM CST - 10:00AM CST Registration opens September 2, 2021 at 6 a.m. CDT. Register before October 11, 2020 and save $10 on the regular registration fee of $65. Does not include RunSignUp fee.
Real-Time, Multi Location Event

Remote Team - $500 group registration fee for up to 10 participants

Event details coming soon
Description

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021 TENTATIVE
Start Time:
7:00 AM 
Distance: 26.2 miles
Format: TBD

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • The Race Organizers are evaluating hosting two simultaneous races;  in-person teams and remote teams.  Remote teams will compete in real-time with an app used to track time and distance.
  •  November 7 is a tentative date and is subject to change.
  • Registration will not open until race details are finalized.
Multi-Location, Socially Distanced, Competitive Event

The Harvest Marathon Relay is a 26.2-mile timed team running event.  Due to the current COVD-19 situation, the 2020 Harvest Marathon Relay will be a multi-location, social distanced, multi-location, competitive event.  

When:  The race will start at 7:00 AM on November 8, 2020.  Teams will have 3-hours to complete the event.  
Where:  Teams can run wherever and whenever they chose, as long as it is between 7:00 and 10:00 central standard time on the day of the race.  There are no limitations as to how many team members can run at any given time.
How:  Time and distance for each team member will be tracked using an app provided by our official timer.  Individual results will be consolidated into a team resolution.  As soon as the cumulative mileage for the team reaches 26.2 miles, then the team is deemed to have completed the event and will have an official time.  The app allows you to track your team performance in real time, and track other teams.
What:  The big difference this year is that each participant will be able to run only one segment, i.e., once a participant stops their app, they will not be able to restart it and post an additional time. 

A note to the Competitive Teams:  STRATEGY IS IMPORTANT!

Questions and Answers

We brainstormed some potential questions.  If you have any questions, please use the Questions? button located on this page.

Q.  How many team members can be running at any given time?
A.  The app is set up so it can track all of the runners at the same time.  Unless your team can average a 6:52 per mile pace, you won’t finish in time unless you have multiple people running at the same time. 

Q.  How is the team’s finishing time calculated?
A.  Your official finishing time is based on when your team’s cumulative distance reaches 26.2 miles. 

Q.  How are the winners determined for time-based awards?
A.  Time-based awards are based on the fastest times to get to a team’s cumulative distance of 26.2 miles.  For instance, if a team starts all 10 members at 7:00 AM and they run at an 8 minute per mile pace, they will be done by 7:21 AM with a finishing time of 3:29:36.  If a different team starts all 10 members at 9:00 AM and they run at a 7:54 minute per mile pace, they will be done at 9:21 am with a finishing time of 3:26:59.  Even though the first team finished earlier, the second team took less time to get to 26.2 miles and is therefore the faster team.

 

Race Contact Info

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Awards

Awards for the ...

Top three finishing team in the COMPETITIVE category

Best team spirit (prize shown)

Top fundraising team

Rule Amendments for the 2020 Multi-Location, Socially Distanced, Competitive Event

The Rules outlined on this website remain in effect for the 2020 Harvest Marathon Relay to the extent to that they are applicable to a multi-location, socially distanced, competitive event.  In addition, the Rules are further amended as follows:

  1. All participants must sign the online waiver for their race app to be activated.   Participant under the age of 18 must hav a parent or guardian sign the waiver.
  2. All participants must compete between the designated times, 7:00 and 10:00 central standard time, on the designated day, November 8, 2020 for their time and distance to be counted.  
  3. All participants must use the timing app provided by the Official Timer.  No other source of timing will be accepted.
  4. The Official Timer is responsible for consolidating times for teams.  
  5. Teams are solely responsible for ensuring they complete the full race distance.
  6. A team is deemed to have completed their event at the earliest time at which the sum of all team participants distances is 26.2 miles.  If a team does not complete the required distance within the three-hour time limit, the team will be deemed to have not completed the event.  
  7. Time based awards for competitive teams shall be based on the fastest time to cover the distance of 26.2 miles.  For clarity, team finishing earliest may not have the fastest time.  
  8. Teams may have any number of participants running at any given time.  There are no requirements or minimum distances for any individual participant, however participants will be allowed to record only one segment during the race (i.e., if you start the app and run a quarter mile, then turn the app off and rest, then restart the app and run another quarter mile, only the first quarter mile will count).
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.HarvestMarathonRelay.com.

Rules

The Harvest Marathon Relay is designed to provide a fun, team-oriented competition for corporate competitors and challenge teams. 

  1. SAFETY IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE. General rules of track and field will apply.  At the discretion of the Race Organizers, teams may be disqualified for flagrant fouls (including by not limited to tripping, pushing and interfering with other runners) and other unsafe behaviors (including by not limited to inappropriate behavior and/or language). 
  2. Each participant must sign the event waiver and attest that they have read and understood the rules before competing in the event.  Individuals who do not sign the event waiver are not allowed to participate.  Any individual who participates without signing a waiver does so at their own risk.
  3. Each participant will be assigned a bib with a unique identifying number.  Bibs must be prominently displayed while competing.  Under no circumstance shall a registered participant allow another individual, registered or not, to participate using their assigned bib.  Sharing a bib assigned to a registered participant will result in immediate disqualification of the team.  
  4. Each team is responsible for crossing the timing mat for their lap to be counted.  Teams will forfeit laps if they do not cross the timing map.  If for any reason a team's lap is not counted after crossing the timing map, the Race Organizers may, at their sole discretion, adjust the number of lap for that team to reinstate for missed laps.  Laps will not be compensated for teams not properly crossing the timing map.
  5. Team members will not modify the timing tag attached to the baton in any way.  Any modification of the timing tag may result in uncounted lap which will not be reinstated.  
  6. The Race Organizer have the sole discretion to give warnings, penalize or disqualify teams for safety or timing violations.  Timing violations include but are not limited to removing the baton and/or timing devise from the designated race area, relay exchanges outside the designated zone, and other infractions.
  7. The event will be run rain or shine.  The Race Organizers may delay the start, temporarily pause the event or cancel the event completely due to severe weather.  
  8. Teams are responsible for setting up race stations (tents, tables, chairs, etc.), before the start of the race, and must remove any materials brought by the team, included any trash created by the team, before designated end time.  Teams will not be able to set up race station once the race has begun without consent of the Race Organizers.  Teams are responsible for following the rules set forth by the venue.
  9. Use of tobacco on the race property is prohibited.  Possession of alcohol, other than that provided by the event, or firearms is prohibited.  Consumption of alcohol provided by the event by individual under 21 years old is strictly prohibited.  
  10. Rules are established by the Race Organizers.  Any question about the rules can be sent to HarvestMarathonRelay@gmail.com.  The Race Organizers reserve the exclusive right to amend, change or delete existing rules, and to add new rules, at any time before, during or after the event.  Protests and disputes can be brought to the Race Organizers, who will rule on the protest or dispute in a timely manner.

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