FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon RelayRelay Exchange Areas
The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay splits the 26.2 mile course into five legs of varying distances.
Each relay exchange area will have corrals for runners to gather based on race numbers. Volunteers will hold signs with race numbers so runners will know which corral to wait in for their approaching team member.
As a runner approaches the relay exchange zone, announcers will alert waiting runners by calling out the last three digits of the incoming race numbers.
The approaching runner will cross the timing mat and his/her waiting relay team member will give them a finisher medal to complete the exchange. This will complete the exchange and minimize congestion in the relay exchange area. Team members should listen closely to the relay coordinators and follow their instructions.
Because of the limited space within the corral area, please make note of your relay teammate’s pace so you will know the approximate time to expect them and enter the corral approximately 30 minutes prior to their expected arrival.
Signage will be placed on the course indicating a ½ mile to the relay exchange. As the relay runners approach the relay exchanges, cones and caution tape will line the street directing the runner to move into the relay chute.
Volunteers will be positioned approximately 100 yards before the exchange with a microphone and sound system announcing the last three numbers of the approaching runner’s race number so the runners in the corral area will know when their runner is approaching.
Team members waiting at the relay exchange should listen and look for their teammate and proceed to the end of their relay corral to await the exchange. Stay away from the chute area and timing mats when waiting for incoming runners to avoid having your timing tag recorded prematurely.
All relay participants should have their timing-tags removed after completing their leg of the race to avoid having the device re-read near the mat or at the finish line area.
All relay exchanges will be equipped with nuun hydration, water, bananas, heat sheets and portable restrooms. Aid stations will also be positioned near each relay exchange zone.