Date : Friday May 27-29, 2022
Time : Start anytime from 6:00am - 6:00pm on Friday
A Virtual team running event where a group of runners get together to collectively run 210 miles
ROAR (Relay of Awesome Runners) is a team event where the entire team (a PRIDE) completes 36 Legs of a course totaling approximately 210 miles. Each member of the team takes turns running a specified distance before handing off to the next runner. Depending on how many people are on your team, you repeat this process various times until all the legs are completed.
Each Leg must be run individually. No overlapping or concurrent legs. All runs must be recorded by some kind of running app (Garmin, Strava, RunKeeper, Nike+, etc) and shared with the Pride upon completion. It is encouraged that runs be done continuously with no extended breaks between runners. Every Pride will have a Pack Leader who is responsible for creating a group communication and ensuring that the order is followed and the next runner is ready.
12 Member Pride
9 Member Pride
6 Member Pride
RULES AND RESTRICTIONS
How Does This Work?
Your team will begin at the designated time per your team captain. This time can vary from 6:00am to Noon on Friday September 18. The first runner will begin their designated run and run the distance that has been predetermined. Upon completion of that run, the runner will signal the next runner on the team that they are done and the next runner can begin. This is repeated until all 36 legs of the race are complete and the 210 miles are done.
Each team creates a Group Chat. Every runner MUST announce when they are starting and when they are complete. When they announce they finished a Leg, they MUST show proof of their completed run. If a runner has completed a run and the next runner does not announce that they have started within 5 min, the team captain or other members of the Pride will try and text you that it is your turn. If that does not work, a phone call will be made. Example of group chats are Facebook Messenger, GroupMe, TextMessage, etc. Facebook Messenger works really well as an instant video call can be initiated for ease of communication.
Proof of a Run
Keep in mind that every run must be followed up with a message to the group and something showing the distance, duration and a time stamp of the date and time the run started. This is a REQUIREMENT. If the application you are using does not have these features, you must use a different one. Proof can be the results of your Garmin, Apple or Fitbit watch, a running app like Strava, Endomondo, MapMyRun or RunKeeper (all free to download and use) or a picture of your treadmill run with something showing the date and time you started. Any of these are acceptable forms of proof that you completed your run. Please keep in mind that the next runner CAN NOT start until the previous runner has posted proof in the group chat.
To expedite the exchange process, you CAN post a picture of your watch showing you are done so the next person can begin but you MUST follow that up with a post that shows the details of your run. Examples of what are acceptable for submission can be found to the right.
No concurrent runs or running in advance
This is not just a series of runs that you must accomplish at a certain time. Each run must be sequential. The start time of one run CANNOT be before the end time of the previous run.
Will we be running overnight?
YES. This is a series of non-stop relays. When one person is done, the next one starts. It continues until all 36 legs are done. There are no breaks. There will be some overnight runs. If you are uncomfortable running in the wee hours of the night alone, it is perfectly acceptable to run on a treadmill. If you do not have a treadmill, work with your team captain to change runners with another person who does not have an overnight run.
Can I run on a treadmill?
YES. Treadmill runs are allowed. The only important thing to note about a treadmill run is that you need to have proof of date and time for the run. Upon completion of the run on a treadmill, it is suggested that you take a picture of the treadmill screen but make sure you write down the date and time of completion and place the paper in the picture with the treadmill display.
Swapping Runners and Substitutes
Swapping legs to allow flexibility with someone who needs to work or has other engagements or is unable to run at a certain time for any reason is perfectly legal and allow with the exception of Runner 6. Runner 6 can not exchange any legs with anyone. You are allowed to have standby runners in the event of injury or other emergencies or you can choose to have someone else in the Pride pick up the slack.
Pride Leaders Meeting
REQUIRED Pride leaders Meeting. There are 3 date options to choose to attend. Dates to be announced in the Welcome email for all Pride Leaders.
These are Zoom Meetings and will last only 30 minutes.
Step 1: Form Your Pride
1. Decide on a Pride Size. You can go with 6, 9 or 12 members.
2. Identify the Pride Leader.
3. Collect required information for each member of the Pride. You will need to provide this at registration.
* Full Name
* Email Address
* Cell Number
* Address, City, State and Zip code
* Expected Pace (use your easy 10K pace as a guide).
4. Register the Team
5. Complete the Registration Form
If you are a Lone Lion and want to sign up to be assigned to a Pride, you can use the Individual Registration link.
Step 2: Finalize Pride Roster
The final step can be done anytime before Thursday May 26, 2022 at 11:59pm
This is the deadline to submitting your final roster. All members must be assigned to a Runner number, any substitutions or exceptions need to be identified. Any leg swapping will also need to be identified. Changes to roster can be submitted at any time leading up to the deadline by emailing the Facilitator of Fun, Jose del Risco at email@example.com. You can use the Roster Forms below for submission.
Looking for ideas to make the ROAR experience more fun. Check out these suggestions that have proven to be very successful in the past. Whether it's how to communicate with your team effectively, creating team bonding experiences or providing runner safety, you will find options below.
Exchanges and Collaboration
We recommend the use of a collaborative tool for the Relay Exchange. You had much success with Facebook Messenger, Zoom, GroupMe and MarcoPolo for these types of communication. Taking screen shots and pictures of your group meetings and creating instant group conversations are easy to perform and promote team bonding. Since this is a requirement for the exchanges, it is in the best interest of the Pride to choose whatever platform works best for all members.
Knowing that our race is still over four months away, there are chances that some of the social distancing restrictions that are in place today may be loosened by race day so one option for a team would be to gather together as a group in a central location and run from that location. This would certainly add to the group dynamic and increase the fun levels.
Check back again often as we plan on expanding this as we develop new ideas and are looking to include a one-stop store to purchase additional Pride SWAG and running essentials.