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Harvest Marathon Relay

Sun October 13, 2024 Directions
Benefiting the Houston Food Bank
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COLLABORATIVE - eligible to sabotage other teams!

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

$1,000 7:00AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT Does not include RunSignUp fee.
COLLABORATIVE - eligible to sabotage other teams!

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

$500 7:00AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT Does not include RunSignUp fee.
COLLABORATIVE - eligible to sabotage other teams!
COMPETITIVE - eligible for time based awards

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

$500 8:00AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT Does not include RunSignUp fee.
COMPETITIVE - eligible for time based awards


Date: Sunday, October 13, 2023 TENTATIVE
Start Time:
7:00 AM central standard time / 8:00 AM central standard time for competitive teams

Time Limit: 4 hours / 3 hours for competitive teams
Distance: 26.2 miles
Race Venue: Wendel D. Ley Track at Rice University
Team Options:

  • COLLABORATIVE:  These non competitive teams can have to 25 participants who work together to complete the marathon.  Collaborative Teams have the option of sabotaging other Collaborative Teams.
  • COMPETITIVE:  Competitive teams of up to 10 participants who will compete for time based awards at the race venue.

Do not underestimate the importance of strategy!!

The W5 of the Harvest Marathon Relay

Who:  This year, there are two team options; COLLABORATIVE and COMPETITIVE.  
:  COLLABORATIVE and COMPETITIVE teams will complete a 26.2 mile marathon at the race venue in a traditional relay format..
:  The race will be at the Wendel D. Ley Track and Holloway Field at Rice University.  
:  The Harvest Marathon Relay starts at 7:00 AM on Sunday, October 13, 2024 TENTATIVE.  COLLABORATIVE teams have 4-hours to complete the event.  COMPETITIVE teams have 3-hours to complete the event.
Why:  The Harvest Marathon Relay benefits the Houston Food Bank.

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Awards for the ...

Top three finishing team in the COMPETITIVE category

Best team spirit

Top fundraising team

Fundraising Challenge

Add a little more fun and competition to your Harvest Marathon Relay by joining the fundraising challenge.  There are no minimum fundraising requirements, but you are encouraged to set a goal of at least $1000.  Every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals.  The Houston Food Bank serves 1.1 million food insecure people in the Greater Houston area though a network of over 1500 partners, so every dollar makes a difference.

There will be prizes for the top fundraising team.  If you can't beat the speedsters out on the track, you can at least beat them where it counts!

Race Website

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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  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.

Rule amendments specifically for the REMOTE RACE:

  1. Participants must sign the online waiver for the RaceJoy app to be activated.  Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver.
  2. Participants must compete between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. central standard time on the day of the event for their distance and time to be counted.  
  3. Participants must use the RaceJoy app provided by the Official Timer.  In the event that the RaceJoy app fails to accurately record time and/or distance, the affected participant can request that an alternative timing source be used, provided however that any acceptance is alternative to the RaceJoy app is subject to approval by the Race Director.
  4. Teams are solely responsible for ensuring they complete the full distance of the race.
  5. Participants may contribute one continuous segment.  Once the RaceJoy app is activated and turned off, it cannot be restarted.
  6. A team is deemed to have completed the event at the earliest time at which the sum of all team participants is 26.2 miles.  If a team does not complete the required distance within the time limit, the team will be deemed to have not completed the event.
  7. Participants shall not use any other means to record their time and distance other than running and/or walking.  Additionally, participants shall not let anyone other than themselves record their time and distance during the event.  
  8. REMOTE RACE teams are not eligible for time based awards.


Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston TX 77005

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