Course

The New England Relay is the first relay to include all six New England states - Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine - with a course that showcases everything great about New England.

The race starts at the Casimir Pulaski State Park in northwestern Rhode Island, soon entering Connecticut for a short stint, and then into Massachusetts. As we make our way north through Western Massachusetts, we run through many historic towns, famous colleges areas, and a plethora of farms (wave to the cows!). Following the Connecticut River, we soon find ourselves in Vermont running through a few quaint towns before passing into New Hampshire. We run the entire width of the Granite State heading north once we hit the beautiful New Hampshire seacoast. That seacoast leads us to our finish in southern Maine, on the beach, overlooking the rocky coastline and a quintessential New England lighthouse.

The course is ~220 miles in distance, divided into 36 legs. Leg distances range between 3 miles and 11 miles. One runner on each team will have the privilege of running our “Marathon Race” – the sum of their three legs equals 26.2. Besides the normal race to see who can conquer New England first, there will also be a prize for the fastest marathon time (over the three legs).

A full course map and and turn-by-turn leg descriptions will be provided in the New England Relay Official Race Handbook. The race handbook will be distributed to team captains 30 days prior to the event.

Because of the extended length of the course (it’s the longest consecutive running relay in the U.S.!), teams should average a pace of 9 minutes per mile in order to finish in a reasonable amount of time. This does not mean all runners on a team must run faster than 8:30 pace. In fact, you could easily have a 9:00 pace runner and a 7:00 pace runner on the same team. It just means that the average pace of all runners over the course of their legs must be 9:00 or faster. Regular teams that have a slower pace than 9:00 minutes/mile will be asked along the course to have runners run concurrently (this is when more than one of your runners is on the road at once). Ultra teams that have slower than 9:00 pace will be asked to have a runners skip a leg.  




Course Legs

Below is a chart of the course legs. Fairly soon we will be adding difficulty measurement for each leg (Easy, Medium, Hard). Full maps of each leg will be available no later than 1 month before the event.

You will notice that the distance of the legs in Van 1 are longer. This is due to necessity, but we think it makes for a nice challenge! We therefore recommend stacking your first van with your stronger runners.

You will also notice that Runner #6 runs a total of 26.2 miles. This is by design...its our marathon leg. All participants who run in position #6 will be competing for the fastest marathon time over their three legs. But even if you don't win, you still get bragging rights on your team!