Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Global 24 Hour Relay as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews!
For the past few years, I’ve celebrated Global Running Day — the first Wednesday in June — with a big group run with my Eastern Shore Running Club friends. I won’t be able to celebrate in an in-person group atmosphere this year because of COVID-19, but I’ll still be celebrating with runners from across the country as part of the Global 24 Hour Relay.
The virtual relay, put on by the Rochester Running Company, will take place from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, and 48 runners per team will each run for half an hour.
I’m on the Washington, D.C., team and will be running from 7-7:30 p.m. Since I’m running this noncompetitive relay through BibRave, I gave my top city options for my team (I got my first choice — the closest city to me) and time slots I was available. However, if you join a team, you can see all available time slots on each team and choose the one you’d like to run.
I will still be running from my home in Salisbury — not traveling to Washington, D.C. You can sign up for a team without living in that city. However, keep in mind if you choose a city in a different time zone, you will have to make sure you know when you’re running.
The runners will be virtually “handing off” the baton via text, phone or email. You can sign up to hand off to me or to be handed off to by me — the 6:30-7 and 7:30-8 p.m. time slots are available. You can see which other runners will be on your team, too.
Each relay spot is $30 — unless you’d like to run one of the middle-of-the-night spots, which are $25 each (the relay spots starting at midnight through 4:30 a.m.).
Entries include a medal, shirt and raffle entry (prizes are from TriggerPoint, Goodr, Garmin and Maurten). I like the logo, which was designed by Rochester local Nori Rinaldo, according to the Rochester Running Company’s Facebook page.
It’s also fun to feel connected when most of us have probably been pretty isolated recently without our normal running groups.
To sign up, visit www.Global24HourRelay.com, click on “Search Teams” under “Find Your Team,” and then click on “Sign Up” for the team you’d like to join. There, you can choose your time slot.
You can find the relay on Facebook and Instagram, and the Rochester Running Company can also be found on those platforms and Twitter.
What will you be doing to celebrate Global Running Day? Let me know if you sign up for the relay, and which team you’ll be representing!