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Ragnar Wasatch Back is already sold out for 2013. Hood to Coast sells out its 1050 spots via lottery in October. These mega races are mega popular, and they are getting tougher and tougher to get in to. But with the huge races come headaches - traffic jams, van shortages, crowded exchanges, stressed out volunteers. While your initial reaction may be that the big races are the only way to go, I would like to share some thoughts about why the smaller races are worth a second look.
In contrast to the big races are smaller boutique events like the Green Mountain Relay, or the inaugural events like the Tuna Run 200. Smaller races have their own charm. Easy parking at exchanges, personalized attention from the race director, and mellow volunteers are just some of the advantages of a boutique relay. Because the size of the event is limited, the race director has more opportunity to focus on the details - fun contests, finish line parties or smooth race logistics. Even the smaller number of runners can make for a unique experience - the event becomes less of a race and more of a team building experience when you are running a course with fewer fellow runners. You will have just as much fun with your team if the race has only 25 teams as if there are a 1000.
If a rural route, a beach finish and fresh tuna to celebrate your completed relay is your style, then you need to check out the inaugural Tuna Run 200. Slated to debut on October 19 - 20, 2012, this 200 mile relay will challenge your body and reward you with a fantastic party in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
Right now, the relay is offering one monthly winner a 50% discount on your team registration if you help them spread the word about their new relay. Details on the offer can be found on their Facebook page.
Here's what race director Brian had to say about his newest endeavor:
Why did you decide to start the Tuna 200 Relay?
I co-direct a 200 mile relay in SC in the spring and we have a lot of teams from the NC area. Since there was not a relay in eastern NC I thought it would be a great idea to have one that would start near Raleigh and finish at the beach in the Fall.
Stinky porta-potties are a running joke in the relay world, but if you find yourself having to use them frequently because your stomach has gone south, they are anything but funny. Relays are notorious for wreaking havoc on your internal systems, so finding ways to manage your digestive tract can mean the difference between a great race and an uncomfortable experience. What is helpful to know is that there are multiple causes of g.i. distress when it comes to running. Some are preventable, while others must be managed. Here's a guide to the different ways your tummy can have problems, and ways you can manage.