GCI Relay ? the Gist:The Gulf Coast Interstate Relay is two races in one weekend ? a cycling relay and a running relay. It?s the largest relay in the South and the only relay in the country to cross four states. Cyclists and runners will be completing the same course ? 263 miles from New Orleans, LA to Pensacola Beach, FL.
Dates: April 5, 6 & 7, 2012Teams: You can be on a cycling team OR a running team, but not both. It?s run or ride.Race Course: The course is 263 miles from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach. Total ascent of 2,126 feet and maximum elevation of 233 feet. Lots of beach and back country roads. Over 22 bridges!Relay StartThe GCI Relay start is in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lakefront at the UNO Research and Technology Park. The route heads east along Lakeshore Drive, over the Seabrook Bridge and to HWY 90, taking your team outta town and on to Mississippi!Relay FinishThe relay finish is in Pensacola Beach, Florida, Oceanfront on Casino Beach Road by The Pavilion. Dinner, booze and band Friday evening, Big party and awards ceremony Sunday evening.What?s in between? ? 4 States, 263 Miles!
- Mostly Lake bridges and swampland in Louisiana
- Beachfront through Mississippi (Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula)
- Mostly wide-open country roads through Alabama, except for the trek through the City of Mobile and over the Cochrane Bridge
- 15 miles of country rode in Florida, through downtown Pensacola for a finish on Pensacola Beach