The Reach The Beach (RTB) Relay began in 1999 by two multi-sport athletes with a goal of creating a 200-mile overnight team relay event that would run from the White Mountains, to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and conclude at a beach front party in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

As the story goes, Mike Dionne and Rich Mazzola met racing on a cycling and multi-sport team back in 1998. Participating in an overnight running relay earlier that year, Dionne started to think about how he could bring such an event to New England. Knowing their shared background in event promotion, he reached out to Mazzola and sold him on the concept.

Energized by the idea, the co-founders bought a map of New Hampshire (which they still have) and started to plan a route that would form the foundation of today’s course. Pre-dating GPS technology and Google Maps, the two spent countless hours in the car with a map and a laptop to organize the race for 32 teams.

Enthusiastic finishers of the inaugural relay convinced Dionne and Mazzola that they had started something really special. And, they were right. Today this sell-out race has become the signature overnight running relay on the East coast.

Ragnar Relay Partnership

Under the leadership of co-founders, Mike Dionne and Rich Mazzola, Reach The Beach Relay has demonstrated a high level of commitment to its participants. The new partnership with Ragnar Relay, the industry leader in running relays, will enable Reach The Beach to offer an even greater experience for its runners.

“We’ve been very fortunate to host so many passionate runners from across New England during the past 15 years,” said Dionne. “As a company, we’ve admired what Ragnar has done to grow the sport of relay running, and the timing is now right to partner with them. We’re excited about where our relationship will go and how it will allow us to focus more on our participants.”

Participants will continue to enjoy the challenge and sense of community Reach The Beach offers as well as the same stunning New Hampshire course.

“We have admired the team at Reach The Beach for a long time. We share very similar philosophies about relays and the people who participate in them. Our objective is to combine this passion and experience to benefit the runner,” said Chris Infurchia CEO of Ragnar Relay. “We believe the key to relay success is in the details. Leveraging our robust infrastructure, Mike and Rich will be able to focus fully on the runner experience of Reach The Beach.”