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The Basics
The Reach The Beach (RTB) Relay is the longest distance running relay race in the United States. The RTB Relay will take place in picturesque New Hampshire during the start of the New England foliage season. The relay will consist of (a maximum of ) 12 person teams that will rotate through 36 transition areas as they cover the approximate 200 mile distance of the race. This means that each relay team member will run 3 legs of varying lengths and difficulty and will cover an average total distance of ~16.6 miles. There will also be an Ultra Distance division that will have a team limit of 6 members. In this case, the average distance covered per Ultra Distance Team runner would be ~ 33 miles. The runners will rotate in a set order once the race begins and will be obligated to follow this rotation until the final runner Reaches the Beach!
Date
Friday & Saturday, September 17 & 18
Start: Cannon Mountain, Franconia, NH
Finish: Hampton Beach State Park, Hampton Beach, NH
Time
Friday September 17, 2010; from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Teams start in "waves" every 15-30 minutes. The event will conclude by 9:00 PM on Saturday September 19, 2008. All teams must have completed the race by this time. All teams are expected to be able to run the event at an average pace of approximately 10 minutes per mile.
Event Team Limits
Team limit for 2009 will be held to the first 400 teams. Based on past years, we expect the event to sell out in the March or early April timeframe.
Entry Fees
$1160 * for a Standard team (7-12 members) and $660 for an Ultra team (4-6 members).

Your entry fee includes:
  • An RTB / New Balance race shirt for each relay team runner
  • An RTB race medal for each relay team runner
  • Prizes for the winners of each category (see below).
  • A 5”x7” Team photo for each runner **
  • Refueling and rest areas along the route
  • A completely marked course (arrows) along with maps
  • Post race lunch/dinner at the finish.
  • 2 full days of an adventure race with your friends!

** Photo staging takes place only on the morning of the start of the event. All runners that have their team photo taken will receive a team photo. Photos will be mailed to the team captain within 30-days of the event.
Entry Refunds
Refunds will only be granted if a written request from the team captain is received on or before August 1. No refunds will be made after this time. Refunds will be sent to the designated team captain in the form of a check made out to his or her name within 30 business days of receipt of cancellation notice. Entry fees are not transferable.
Entry Deadline
No entries will be accepted after August 31.
Note: this event will sell out. Your place in the race is not reserved until we receive your complete entry fee. Enter early to assure acceptance.
Cancellation Provision
In light of the Nor’ Easter that almost canceled the 2007 Boston Marathon as well as events around the world, we felt it prudent to develop a Cancellation Policy and inform you of it.
If a significant event (weather, terrorism, etc.) were to occur on race weekend and State and Local authorities deem it unsafe for us to hold the event, we will be obligated to cancel this event. Notification of this cancellation will occur through direct e-mail to all team captains and through updates to both the RTB website and Hotline.
No refunds will be provided in the event of this form of cancellation. Race shirts and medals would be mailed to each team captain. Based on the complexity of executing this event it is not possible to have a ‘rain’ date.
Many RTB veterans will recall that we have run this event through hurricanes in the past so we take our preparation very seriously. However, we do require the support of State and Local officials to conduct this race and will only do so with their continued approval.
Registration
Registering Your Team
Only the entry of the Team Captain is required to register an entire team. Your teammates can register starting on March 1, only after this is done AND the entire entry has been received by us. Please note that registering without paying the complete entry fee will not reserve your spot in the event.

A few additional clarifications:
  • Captains can register a team by going to the Team Application Page.
  • Team Name: if you have not selected a name for your team then it will be the last name of the team captain. Corporate teams should indicate the name of the company they represent.
  • Team Category: select the number which best matches your team category or composition and list it in the space provided. Check our category descriptions to help guide you.
  • T-shirt size: Race shirts are ordered months in advance of the close of registration. They are sized for both men and women. We will make every effort to provide you with the size requested. Please verify your shirt size at registration and request a swap if necessary. Swaps will not be made once registration closes on race day.
  • Half Marathon Pace: please list your actual or potential time in "minutes per mile". This must be precise for us to determine an accurate anticipated finish time for your team. Significant differences (+/- 1 minute/mile) between your teams estimate and actual paces may result in your team being moved forward or held back during the event.
  • Runners will be able to join your team (pending payment) starting March 1. They will have up to September 10 to submit their individual registrations. Registrations received after August 31 will be assessed a $10 late fee that must be paid prior to your team's start.
  • All captains will have a Team Page from which they will be able to manage their teams.
  • Click here to register on-line.
    Note: you will have the option of paying by check (US funds) or by credit card. You will be directed to our secure credit card site after going through our online registration process.
Runner Registration
  • Runner registration will open on March 1.
  • Please choose the team name that your captain registered.
  • All fully registered teams will appear in a drop-down menu. If your team is not listed, it most likely means that your captain has not yet completed the registration process or has not yet paid.
  • A few clarifications:
    • T-shirt size: Race shirts are ordered months in advance of the close of registration. They are sized for both men and women. We will make every effort to provide you with the size requested. Please verify your shirt size at registration and request a swap if necessary. Swaps will not be made once registration closes on race day.
    • Half Marathon Pace: please list your actual or potential time in "minutes per mile". This must be precise for us to determine an accurate anticipated finish time for your team. Significant differences (+/- 1 minute/mile) between your teams estimate and actual paces may result in your team being moved forward or held back during the event.
    • Once you have submitted your registration, only your team captain may make changes.
Substitutions
Substitutions and Additions must be submitted using the Runner Registration process above. The team captain is responsible for deleting the runner being replaced using the Team Captain page. Applications for substitutions received after September 10 will be assessed a $10 late fee that must be paid prior to your team's start.
Prizes
The following is a list of planned prizes. The actual prizes may differ from these.
The final prize list will be contained in the Official Race Handbook.
  • Fastest Overall: The fastest overall team will receive a FREE entry into the race for the following year. This team is also eligible for the fastest Male/Female/Mixed prize below.
  • Top Male, Female and Mixed Teams: The fastest Male, Female, and Mixed teams will receive New Balance shoes for each member of the team.
  • Category Prizes: Each member of the winning category teams will receive a New Balance Sack Pack.
Seeding and Start Times
Start times will be available online on or before September 5. Failure to complete your team’s roster prior to this date will prevent us from providing you with a start time. Please be diligent about having all of your teammates complete the registration process. For safety reasons, we will not accept the entry of any team which we anticipate to finish in over 36 hours. The race course and finish line will close on Saturday evening at 9:00 PM. Teams on the course who fall behind this closure time schedule will be asked to jump ahead and be assessed a time penalty.
Team Handbook
The official Race Handbook will be available for download by August 1 (PDF format).
Course Maps can be found on the Course page and will be updated with the route changes on or before August 1 as well.
Team Sign-in
Please plan to arrive at the starting area at least 1.5 hours before your scheduled start time so that you can attend Team Orientation, go through Safety Check, pick-up your race bag (numbers, batons, etc) and have your team’s picture taken.
Pre-Race Dinner and Breakfast
There will be an optional pre-race dinner on Thursday night from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM and a breakfast offered on Friday morning between 6:30AM and 10:30 AM. Tickets will be on sale in the RTB on-line store starting in June as well as in the merchandise area on race day.
More details will be provide in the race handbook at the time of publication.
 
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