RTB in partnership with Ragnar, is pleased to announce a partnership with Marathon Travel! They are an endurance athlete owned company specializing in helping athletes get the best deals possible on travel to events.

Call 1-800-608-1140 for special pricing on all vehicles and hotels.

Offering discounted pricing and access to all vehicle types. Marathon Travel Packages is your team’s personal Reach the Beach logistics concierge, Open 24/7 for your needs.

  • Partnered race hotels
  • Vans of all sizes (15,12 & 7 passenger)
  • Large SUV’s (Suburban & Expedition)
    • 20%-40% savings with low deposit
    • No additional driver fees on all rentals
    • Unlimited mileage on all rentals
    • Vehicle insurance only $7.00 a day(covers all drivers)
    • Race cancelation insurance

Call 1-800-608-1140 for all reservations, full availability may not show online!

Official Race Hotels


Best Western – Franconia

Owned and operated by endurance athletes!
Marathon Travel

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RTB-Ragnar partnership

Dear Reach the Beach Enthusiast,

We are excited to announce that we have formed a partnership with the Ragnar Relay Series. We believe that this partnership will make your Reach the Beach experience even more amazing in 2014 and beyond.

What’s staying the same?

  • Mike and Rich – vision and leadership
  • Same amazing volunteers and community connections
  • Same fantastic New Hampshire course

What’s changing?
As part of this partnership, we will merge our Massachusetts race into the very popular Ragnar Cape Cod. This will give us additional resources and capability to make our flagship event, Reach the Beach New Hampshire, the best in the world.

We look forward to working with the folks at Ragnar to put on their race in Cape Cod and hope many of you will join us there. Participants in Ragnar Cape Cod will notice the strong community and volunteer connections that RTB will bring to support participants along the course.

RTB Massachusetts participants: we will send a follow up email shortly with instructions on how to transfer your registration to Ragnar Cape Cod.

What will improve?
Our partnership with Ragnar Relay will provide RTB participants with many benefits along with support infrastructure from Ragnar, including

  • Pre-event team orientations at local retailers
  • Online runner profiles and team management tools
  • Dedicated customer service
  • Increased race-day support
  • Increased sponsorship

As we begin our 16th year we remain committed to our vision of offering the highest quality race experience, second to none. Each year we have challenged ourselves to raise the bar, and we believe this partnership does that once again; positioning our events for long term success and years of amazing RTB memories.

We believe this is the best way to continue the tradition of excellence that you have come to expect from RTB events.   The additional resources and infrastructure that the Ragnar partnership brings will enable us to provide you with a premier race experience – the races that we have loved putting on and that you have loved to run.

Thank you so much for making Reach the Beach what it is today and thanks, in advance, for your continued support.

If you have any question feel free to contact us at mike@rtbrelay.com or rich@rtbrelay.com.

Mike and Rich

Founders and Co-Race Directors

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THE SHOE DEAL IS BACK: RTB RELAY AND NEW BALANCE WILL GET YOUR 2014 RUNNING SEASON OFF TO A GREAT START!

Sign up and pay for our RTB:MA event before October 31st, 2013 or our RTB:NH (reg opens Dec 1) event before Dec 31st and receive a FREE Pair of New Balance Running Shoes!* 

Here’s how it works – simply register for one of our relays before the deadline (RTB:MA before Oct 31, 2013 and RTB:NH between Dec 1 and Dec 31st, 2013) , pay for your team, and you will receive a product shoe code within 14 days of confirmation of your registration payment. Then, head over to the New Balance website to shop for your pair of Men’s or Women’s Shoes – any pair, any price. Pick your shoes, enter the shoe code, and they will show up at your door. Shipping included!

Enter two events and get two pairs of shoes.

*Any team receiving a code and then withdrawing from the related race, will receive their entry fee minus $65 per our refund policy. If you don’t want the shoes…no problem! Just email the code back to mark@rtbrelay.com within 2 weeks of receiving your registration confirmation and let us know you will not redeem it.

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Some great articles about our 15th Anniversary NH race. See you in May!

Nancy Eckerson: Reach the Beach is two days of running heaven

Not just another long run: Reach the Beach Relay

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The New Balance Reach the Beach Relay Returns to New Hampshire for 15th Annual Race to the Beach

Adventure Relay Race Celebrates Milestone on Sept. 13th & 14th

Hopkinton, Mass.  – The New Balance Reach the Beach Relay (RTB) will celebrate its 15th Anniversary on September 13th and 14th with new activities and more than 5,750 athletes running from Cannon Mountain in Franconia to Hampton Beach.  Teams of 6 to 12 runners will rotate through 36 transition areas as they cover the 200 mile race.   Runners rotate in a set order covering approximately 16.5 miles each over three run segments until the final runner “reaches the beach”.

In 1999, 30 teams finished the inaugural event which started at Loon Mountain, including a team with Danvers resident Jack McManus, the sole athlete to have run in all 15 consecutive relays.  McManus credits team camaraderie and amazing volunteers with bringing him back each year. “The fun, the laughs, creating memories with an incredible group of runners, and meeting runners from different parts of the country motivate us to return each year,” McManus said.  “The race is an incredible challenge.”

This year’s relay will begin on Friday, September 13 at Cannon Mountain in Franconia with 490 teams and runners coming from as far away as Europe, South America, and Asia to take part in RTB.  The event is recognized as one of the premier relays in an industry that has become crowded with adventure racing.  New this year is a van decorating competition to reward the creativity many teams use to identify their large vans, which become their home-away-from-home during the race. In addition, a mobile scavenger hunt created by Boston-based SCVNGR will give teams clues and challenges along each of the 36 race legs for a chance to win prizes.  New race categories such as FreeStyle and Half-Team, and 15th Anniversary commemorative items will add to the excitement of this milestone year.

New Balance joined as title sponsor for the race in 2010 due to the unique nature of the event and this year will bring the brand’s Runnovation campaign to the race. The Runnovation campaign celebrates the evolution of running and seeks to document real people and elite athletes who are redefining the current and future of running. New Balance will have four teams participating in the race this year including one team that is made up of Team New Balance Elite Athletes, company employees and international retail partners. Cameras will be along the course capturing footage from the relay and sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Runnovation. For more information on the campaign at the New Balance Reach the Beach Relay please visit https://www.facebook.com/Newbalance.

Event organizers work closely with town officials on permitting, police details and EMTs at every relay transition.  In addition, Reach the Beach partners with local PTAs, Boys & Girl Scout Troops and church groups who are given donations ranging from $300-$1,800 for providing volunteers to work with trained captains in each town.  Volunteer groups can raise additional funds by selling refreshments to runners who spend time at each relay transition location.

“From our very first race 15 years ago we made it our mission that we didn’t just want to run through the towns we pass, we wanted to create connections with them,” explained RTB Race Director Mike Dionne.

Event charity partners also sponsor teams to raise money for important causes.  Charity partners of the 2013 relay are the JDRF New England Chapter and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, which has raised more than $300,000 through Reach the Beach charity teams.

“The Reach the Beach Relay draws people from all over the country to come together for two days, focused on having a great time running,” said Andy Downin, Event Manager for New Balance. “Mike Dionne and Rich Mazzola, the founders of the Reach the Beach Relay are Runnovators; this relay is the definition of social running at the event level. These unique events have helped define the future of running in an experience that is physically challenging and socially rewarding. As a brand founded on running we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring such a positive experience to runners through the Reach the Beach Relay Series.”

About New Balance

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA, has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host.  New Balance is currently the only major shoe company that manufactures athletic footwear in the U.S. with 25% of our U.S. footwear shipments produced at five New England facilities. The company also operates a manufacturing facility in Flimby, U.K.  New Balance employs more than 4,000 associates around the globe, and in 2012 reported worldwide sales of $2.39 billion. To learn more about how New Balance Makes Excellent Happen, please visit http://www.newbalance.com.

About RTB Relay, Inc.

RTB Relay, Inc. was founded in 1999 by multi-sport athletes Mike Dionne and Rich Mazzola.  RTB Relay is a company with a social conscience promoting the highest quality races which embrace the host communities, leave the smallest environmental impact and benefit all involved.   May 2011 marked the addition of a spring race from Mount Wachusett in Westminster, Mass. to Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport, Mass.  More details on both events can be found at www.rtbrelay.com/.

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The list of towns that make up the race course includes: Franconia, Bethlehem, Twin Mtn., Harts Location, Bartlett, Conway, Madison, Tamworth, Sandwich, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Meredith, Laconia, Belmont, Gilmanton, Barnstead, Pittsfield, Chichester, Epsom, Pembroke, Allenstown, Deerfield, Candia, Chester, Sandown, Danville, Kingston, Exeter, Stratham, North Hampton, and Hampton.

Media Exclusives

  • Dinner with Runners Available for Media Representatives.  9/,12 6pm – 8pm
    • (RSVP: Deb at RTB)
  • Race Start:  Cannon Mountain Ski Resort, Rte. 3, Franconia, NH.  9/13, 7:20am – 3pm
  • Press-Accessible Athlete / Vehicle Transition Areas  along race route (call for specifics on     locations, hours, and special attractions)

Finish Line:  Hampton Beach State park, Rt. 1A South.  9/14, 11am-8pm

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Final update – See you on the 13th!

runner-alleyWith only a week to go, we hope your plans for the 15th Anniversary Reach the Beach Relay are complete! If you are still pulling it together, check out Runner’s Alley! They are New Hampshire’s only running store and have everything you need to finish off your RTB Relay needs!

  1. Need Lodging? Click here. The Franconia Inn had a large block of rooms free up. If you would like to stay at this historic inn near the start, call them to grab your rooms before they are gone.
  2. Pre-Race Dinner: Friday September 6th is the last day to purchase tickets!
  3. On-line changes: Friday September 6th is the last day to make on-line changes to your roster. Any additional changes need to be made at Registration on the 12th or 13th.
  4. GoMotion Light sets: Friday September 6th is the last day to purchase these lighting systems and have them arrive before you leave for the race.gomotion-pro
  5. Bus Tickets: Monday September 9th is the last day to purchase your bus tickets from Hampton Beach to Cannon on Friday morning the 13th at 6AM sharp.
  6. Video Contest: 2013 NH Video contest is back. Details on the RTB Blog: (put link here to attached details that are posted to the blog)
  7. One of our 2013 race upgrades will be a ‘Best Decorated Van’ contest. Sports Authority will be partnering with us and will be on-site on Friday, September 13th from 7 to 12 to judge your van and give away special Sports Authority goody bags. The top prize for the best decorated van is a $500 Sports Authority shopping spree! The criteria will be:

    Presentation, Team Spirit, Creativity, Good Taste

  8. Scavenger Hunt: RTB has worked with LevelUp (formerly SCVNGR) to create our first Scavenger hunt! We will have a series of challenges for your team with lots of prizes for those who participate and also some grand prizes for the top point getters. Complete details will be available at registration.

See you at Cannon on the 13th!

VIDEO Contest DETAILS

The RTB Academy had released the details for the RTB NH 2013 Video Contest. The theme this year – RTB Spirit! The race is long but our challenge to you is to use your creative talents to showcase RTB in 3 minutes or less.

  • Capture the essence of Reach the Beach in 3 minutes or less.
  • Judging will be based on creativity/inspiration (70%) and FB likes/video views (30%)
  • Post your video on the RTB FB page and send a link to Karen@rtbrelay with VIDEO CONTEST as the subject line by 9/30.

Prizes:

  • First prize is a free full team entry in RTB MA 2014 (a $1440 value).
  • Second prize is a free half team entry in RTB MA in 2014 (an $840 value; can be used as a 50% discount on a full team entry).
  • Third prize is $25 RTB store gift certificates for the team (a $300 value).

What have you got to lose? Capture those RTB memories from your epic journey and go for it! See you at the beach!

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GET A CLUE! Play the RTB 15th Anniversary Mobile Scavenger Hunt Game

  • A Challenge for Every Leg (sometimes 2)
  • Prizes All Day and Night Just for Playing (New Balance shoes, RTB gear, GoMotion vest, Boloco gift cards & more!)
  • Grand Prizes at the Race Finish for the Most Team Points
    1st prize – Free 2014 Team entry   2nd prize — $50 RTB gear certificates for all team members    3rd prize – Narragansett mugs and free beer tix for the team. Also the top Ultra Team points gets a Free 2014 Ultra Team entry.

Just download our SCVNGR app and your team will receive challenges and earn points throughout the race. This game is brought to you by veteran RTB team SCVNGR/LevelUp (they are the largest mobile payment network in the country) so be sure to thank them when you see them on the race course!

TO REGISTER

Download the SCVNGR app from the App Store or Google Play. Do it now!

IMPORTANT: Register your account with your TEAM NUMBER AS YOUR FIRST NAME and RTB AS YOUR LAST NAME.  During the race make sure to only sign in to this account from one phone at a time.

TO PLAY

  1. Tap the “Places” button
  2. Scroll and tap your current TA
  3. Complete challenges that are part of the RTB 2013 Trek*
  4. Check the Treks tab to monitor your team’s progress

TO WIN

Prizes will be awarded randomly Friday and Saturday to teams that play. The top prize, a Free Entry into one of our 2014 events, will be awarded to the team with the most points (any ties will be resolved by a random drawing) at the conclusion of the race. All prizes except the Free Entry must be picked up at the finish line on Saturday. Unclaimed prizes will not be mailed.

You’ll have the option to tweet and post your team’s activity. HAVE FUN!
Questions? Email Karen@rtbrelay.com

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5 Relay Runs To Travel For

If one of your goals is to run a race, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out and tackle a typical 5K or marathon. Instead, put together a team of your fitness-minded friends and run a relay race in a fun destination where you’ll cover 200 miles in less than 36 hours. The great thing about a relay race is that novice runners can participate with those who are more experienced, since each leg varies in length and difficulty. And after your run, you’ll get bit of downtime—most relays require teams to have vehicles to shuttle you to the next leg. Our Startle.com team rounded up five exciting relay races that are sure to jumpstart your running game.

RTB Relay has been featured as one of the 5 Relays to Travel for on Forbes Travel Guide. Check out the full article here: Forbes Travel Guide.

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RTB2012-NH: Cannon to Hampton. Important Dates…

August 1st : No refunds will be granted after August 1st.
Team Captains, please send email to Markin registration before August 1st.August 14th : Late fees begin.
Team Captains, please rally your team to get all teammates signed up before August 14th.  A $10 late fee will be assessed for each teammate added to your roster on August 14th thru race day.
September 4th : Start Times to be posted.
Team Captains, Start Times will only be assigned to teams that have a sufficient teammate count.
- Standard Teams: Must show 8 or more team members.
- Ultra Teams: Must show 4 or more team members.We will provide a link on the RTB-NH web site when Start Times are posted.
September 7th : Online Registration Closes.
The online registration will shutdown by 8:00PM on September 7th.  All late registrations thereafter may be made at the registration table / race packet pick-up.
Final Notes:
- Thursday night (9/13) Pre race Meal tickets are on sale now. Click here.
- Friday (9/14) Bus from Hampton Beach to Cannon Mtn tickets.Click here.
- Team captains manage your teams here.
- RTB2012-NH: Maps and Course Directions are posted here.
- RTB2012-NH: Handbook is posted here.

 

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36 New Jersey Towns To Host Reach the Beach Relay in October

Running Relay Gives Back to Communities

July 16, 2012 – The New Balance Reach the Beach Relay has received approval to run through dozens of New Jersey counties on October 12 and 13th along a 200 mile route from Vernon to Seaside Heights.  Thirty-six communities along the route will serve as relay transition points and receive donations from Reach the Beach for each volunteer, as well as opportunities to raise money selling food and drink to runners.

“We want communities to benefit from Reach the Beach – we don’t want to just run through,” explained Mike Dionne, Reach the Beach founder.

The Reach the Beach Relay Series, now in its fourteenth year, has built a reputation for high quality events that benefit participants and local communities.  Teams of 6 to 12 runners rotate through 36 transition areas as they cover the approximate 200 mile distance of the race.   Runners rotate in a set order covering approximately 16.5 miles over three run segments until the final runner reaches the beach.

Event organizers work closely with town officials on permitting, police detail and EMTs at every relay transition.  In addition, Reach the Beach partners with local PTAs, Boys & Girl Scout Troops and church groups who are given donations ranging from $300-$700 for providing volunteers to work with trained captains in each town.  Volunteer groups can raise additional funds by selling refreshments to runners who spend time at each relay transition location.

“We have groups that sell homemade baked goods, chicken soup, cider or pre-packaged snacks.  It’s completely optional but our runners love it and the community groups seem to enjoy meeting the runners and making money.  It’s really a win-win,” Dionne explained.

Dionne said this year he is also offering local running clubs and local businesses the opportunity to have naming rights at race transitions in exchange for registered teams.  “If we get a few teams from a local running club or store, we want them to be able to get their name out to our runners.  We really want this to be a collaborative event in New Jersey,” he said.

Reach the Beach also offers fundraising team options and is partnering with Back on my Feet for the New Jersey race.  Back on my Feet creates self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness by using running as a vehicle. The program’s success is measured by how many members achieve independence through employment and housing.

Community groups interested in volunteering should contact volunteer@rtbrelay.com.  For more information on Reach the Beach or to register a team visit www.NJ.rtbrelay.com.

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