I am so excited to add another race to my race calendar thanks to Fit Approach, AfterShokz and the United Relay of America!
The United Relay of America is the first of its kind, so I am pumped to get to participate in it! It is the first ever triple cost-to-coast charity relay. The three relay legs start in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles with all three legs ending in New York City. Those three legs will run through 33 states and will total right around 12,000 miles! How amazing and crazy is that?!
On top of those amazing stats, this is even more amazing in my book:
“The United Relay of America aims to inspire, empower, connect and unite people for a better world. Funds raised help support local children’s hospitals, as well as the coalition of charities partnered with the We Are Here Movement to provide youth education, improve healthcare, fight hunger, end gender discrimination and provide a safe home for orphans. What’s extra special is that 100% of the event’s proceeds go directly to the causes.”
Pretty incredible right?!
Ready to find out more about the United Relay of America? Here is a look at the three race routes. You can get more specific information on each leg of each route by clicking here.
Originally I was going to sign up for a leg in Ohio, Indiana or Illinois since the relay doesn’t enter Michigan and those would be the closest states to me but I couldn’t get any of the dates in those states to line up with my schedule. So after a bit of an arm twisting, Chris and I decided that we will be heading to St. Louis so I can join the red team on May 21st for a group run in Forest Park. (He did have to twist my arm a bit because this adventure is going to involve us and the 3 kids in the car for over 8 hours there and over 8 hours back. Oy!)
You will notice that some legs of the relay are group stages. These legs accommodate more people and are of shorter distance. I thought it would be fun to do a group stage plus I am not comfortable running alone in an unfamiliar area. Keep in mind this is not a typical race with a course mapped out for you. The legs of the race just indicate a starting point and an ending point. You get to figure out what the middle looks like. Whereas the group stages are set up as a more traditional race.
Because the race is not a traditional race, traditional headphones are not allowed. That is certainly understandable as I mentioned that there is no official course and as such many runners will be making their own route which will probably involve roadways and cars. It is best to be alert when you are not on a closed race course. You can however, wear AfterShokz headphones which are not your traditional headphones.
AfterShokz headphones offer an open ear design and the music is transmitted through bone conduction which allows you to listen to your music while still being aware of the sounds around you. They seem pretty awesome and I look forward to trying them out when I run the relay next month. To find out more about AfterShokz and to see all of the products that they offer, click here.
The relay started on April 27th and will end on June 4th, so there is still plenty of time for you to join in! To save 30% off of your registration fees and to join me in running the United Relay of America click HERE.