Although only in its second year, the Market to Market Relay Iowa is one of the most popular events of its kind in Iowa; so it’s no surprise that the event capped out on Jan. 11, nearly four months in advance. The event was originally capped out at 250 teams; but race organizers have been working with cities along the course, volunteers, and the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association to increase the number of team slots. Thanks to their efforts, an additional 50 team spots have been opened. That adds up to a total of 300 teams, which equates to about 2,250 runners. Teams on the waitlist will receive the first opportunity to fill the new spots, and the remainder of team spots will remain open on a first come, first served basis until they are all filled.
"We’re extremely pleased to be able to allow 50 additional teams to experience the fun, excitement, and scenic views that Market to Market Relay Iowa has to offer," said Race Director Ben Cohoon. "It’s ultimately the cities and volunteers that make this race such an amazing experience, and we’re grateful that they were willing to work with us to allow more runners to participate in the event."
The 75-mile team relay race will begin in downtown Jefferson and finish in downtown Des Moines. The 17 legs of the race range from three to six miles in distance and will total about eight to 12 hours of total efforts. Competitors will find themselves running through the Iowa countryside, following the Raccoon River Valley Trail system, paved roads, and gravel back roads. At the end of their race, teams will be treated to a Post-Race Shindig and Expo at El Bait Shop in downtown Des Moines.
The 2nd annual Market to Market Relay Iowa will take place on Sat., May 10, 2014. The 250 teams that are currently registered come from all across the Midwest to run in the event. Learn more about the Market to Market Relay Iowa and register before the 50 additional teams are sold out at www.M2MRelay.com.