NYCRUNS New York City Ekiden
Start: Sunday, December 8, 2013 @ 9:00 AM (EST)
New York , NY 10023
Registration Closing Date
Saturday, December 7, 2013 @ 10:00 PM (EST)
We could tell you a lot about Japanese culture that we don?t really understand or we could tell you that the Ekiden is a really cool relay race created in Japan and that relays are mad fun. Go get your bestie or three of your besties and sign up for The New York City Ekiden today. This race is currently capped at 500 people and will sell out quickly. This race is also the final race in the 2013 NYCRUNS InterClub Challenge (you do not have to be in a club to run)!
Learn more about the history of the Ekiden on Wikipedia if you like, but this Ekiden will be comprised of four legs all starting and ending across from Tavern on the Green. Only 2 and 4 person teams are allowed and you must alternate runners at each leg. What are the categories? Open (anything goes), Female and Co-Ed (Two Men & Two Women) in both the four-person and two-person relay. (That?s a total of six winning teams!) Co-Ed teams must have at least two women and one of them has to run leg 2 or 3 ( the two longest legs).Leg 1: Two lower loops of Central Park-3.4 milesLeg 2: A five mile loop crossing the 102nd Street transverseLeg 3: A full loop ofCentral Park ? 6.1 milesLeg 4: A sprint, one more lower loop of the park,1.7 miles.Raceday, everything happens right across the Park Drive from Tavern On The Green a few block south of 72nd Street On The West Side.This race will be electronically timed, but there?s a twist. In a traditional Ekiden, the runners wear a sash that is passed from runner to runner. After you cross the timing mat ? you must hand the sash to the next runner.Packet Pickup: Friday 12/6 4:00 to 8:00 pm, and Saturday 12/7 1:00 to 5:00 pm The Running Company, Time Warner Center10 Columbus Circle (59th Street & Broadway)HOW MUCH: A two person team is $80; and a four person team is $130.Each runner in the race will receive a long sleeve technical shirt.There will be bathrooms, bag check, water, Gatorade and more at race central. We will determine the food a bit closer to the event.This should be an excellent day of running ? the entire NYCRUNS team is excited to bring this to you. We?re so excited that we?re fielding a team ourselves. See you at the start line!