Runners sought for Madison County stages of coast-to-coast relay

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(Posted Aug. 17, 2021)

The Great American Relay, a coast-to-coast running relay, will make its way through Madison County Sept. 20-22. Several spots are available for runners who want to participate.

The relay starts in Boston, Mass., on Sept. 11 in commemoration of the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 and ends in Santa Monica, Calif., on Oct. 19. Proceeds benefit first responders and military personnel. This year’s beneficiaries are the Green Beret Foundation, Firefighter 5 Foundation, and Concerns of Police Survivors.

The relay route is divided into 415 stages, crossing 18 states and covering more than 3,500 miles. Participants can sign up for a stage as the leader runner ($50), meaning they are in charge of the baton for that stage. Or they can sign up as a support runner ($45) who runs alongside the lead runner. Each stage has spots for one lead runner and up to 10 support runners.

Each stage has designated start/stop locations and times. The distances and paces vary.
Stages 104 to 134 take place in Ohio Sept. 20-22. The stages that cross through Madison County are as follows:

• Stage 122–Sept. 21, 8:04 p.m. start time, 10.2 miles at any pace, starting at the Prairie Township Fire Department, 451 Hubbard Rd., Galloway (Franklin County), and ending at Central Townships Fire Department, 75 Middle St. SE, London. The lead runner position is filled. Support spots are still available.

• Stage 123–Sept. 22, 6 a.m. start time, 4.2 miles at a 12-minute per-mile pace, starting at Central Townships Fire Department and ending at the London Fire Department, 103 E. High St. The lead runner position is filled. Support spots are still available.

• Stage 124–Sept. 22, 6:50 a.m. start time, 11.6 miles at 10-minute per-mile pace, starting at the London Fire Department and ending at the South Charleston Fire Department, 222 W. Columbus Rd. (Clark County). The lead runner position is filled. Support spots are still available.

Organizers also offer a virtual option for anyone who wants to support the cause but cannot sign up for one of the in-person stages.

Volunteers are needed, as well, to coordinate handoffs between stages, drive runners back to their start positions if needed, ensure all runners sign the event banner, take photos and post to social media, check on runners during their stages, contact runners in the next group, and cheer on all participants.

More information and signup details can be found at https://greatamericanrelay.com.

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