The 2nd Annual Market to Market Relay Iowa will take place on Saturday, May 10. The 75-mile team relay race will start in downtown Jefferson and finish in downtown Des Moines. Although the race is 5 months away it is already 90 percent full with runners from Central Iowa and the Midwest. The relay event is capped at 250 teams or about 2,000 runners. "We are excited with the large number of teams wanting to run in the day-long relay race through central Iowa," said Race Director Ben Cohoon. "We knew based upon runners reaction last year that this year event was going to be extremely popular. We are excited to welcome back a large percentage of teams that ran in the race last year and equally enthused to welcome new teams to experience the fun, excitement and scenic views of the Market to Market Relay Iowa." Each team consists of six to eight runners, with each team member running two or three legs of 4 miles for a total of about 10 miles in the day. Teams will start in waves from 6- 9 a.m. in Jefferson, Iowa in front of the Courthouse and Bell Tower. From here, each team’s first runner will start with their team baton and will run to meet their teammates at the second exchange point. The rest of the teammates will hop in their van and drive ahead to the second exchange point and wait for the first runner to pass the baton to the second runner. Teams will finish at El Bait Shop on Market Street in downtown Des Moines.
The course from Jefferson to Des Moines covers 75 miles over 17 stages on a scenic and varied course. The 17 legs range from 3 to 6 miles running through the Iowa countryside and the towns of Jefferson, Cooper, Yale, Panora, Linden, Redfield, Adel, Waukee, Clive, and Des Moines. The course follows the Raccoon River Valley Trail System, paved streets, and gravel back roads through a diverse and scenic slice of west central Iowa. Once teams finish their 8 to 12 hour journey from Jefferson they are treated to a lively Post-Race Shindig & Expo at El Bait Shop in downtown Des Moines. The team run is limited to only 250 teams and currently the race has over 225 teams from throughout the Midwest. Register at www.markettomarketrelay.com.