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Spokane To Sandpoint Team Relay

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190 Miles
Mount Spokane Start Line
Spokane, Washington
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The Course:

The Relay Race begins atop picturesque Mt. Spokane and winds its way through fifteen different cities en route to the finish line at the beach in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho. Throughout the 190 mile course runners experience over 50 miles of World Class Centennial Trail, over 60 miles of property adjacent to waterfront, and dash their way through several enchanting State Parks and National Forests! You’re going to love where you run!

How it Works:

It is really quite simple. Get a group of twelve runners together, gather up two vans, and prepare for your most memorable race of the year! The course is comprised of 36 legs each runner races 3 legs varying in distances from 3-8 miles. The Race is continuous; therefore competitors will run through day and night! The course is designed with easy legs for your beginning jogger and more challenging legs for your experienced runners. Overall, Spokane to Sandpoint is considered a “FLAT” Relay Race. There are a few hills during the 190 miles, but 31 of the 36 legs have a net elevation gain of less than 100 feet (spread out over the 3-8 miles). If you’re looking for “flat and fast” along with SCENIC and FUN then this is the Race for you!

What Makes this Race Different:

WHAT MAKES THIS RACE DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER EVENT IS THE FACT THAT AT MILE 122 YOUR TEAM IS GOING TO TAKE THE RIDE OF THEIR LIFE ABOARD SILVERWOOD THEME PARK’S TREMORS ROLLERCOASTER! SILVERWOOD IS THE NORTHWEST’S BEST THEME PARK. GET READY TO PLUNGE TOWARD THE EARTH AT OVER 60 MILES PER HOUR WHEN YOUR TEAM ARRIVES AT THIS EXCHANGE AROUND MIDNIGHT (THE ROLLER COASTER IS VOLUNTARY).
In addition to the adrenaline rush you’ll receive at Silverwood Theme Park, Spokane to Sandpoint also offers some fun and unique challenges and contests along the way including:
Brightest Running Outfit: This contest takes place during leg 6 (which is runner # 6 on your team). The rules of the contest are simple – put on a bright running outfit and run with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair!. Dig out your old hot pink tank top or your lime green early 1990s running shorts. Whatever it is, just make sure it is bright in color. Be creative and have fun. Participation earns you an automatic prize which will be given to you at the completion of your leg! All outfits will be judged and best overall outfit wins the Grand Prize as well as bragging rights for “2008 Brightest Outfit” which will be posted on our website with all other contest winners.

Woman’s Time Trial:The woman’s time trial takes place during leg 7 (which is runner # 7). This is a chance to see how fast you are during the short 3.5 mile course that begins at the trailhead of the Spokane River Centennial Trail and finishes at the Seven Mile Bridge. The terrain is rolling hills and is closed to motorized vehicles. We are proud to boast that the Centennial Trail has been given the esteemed and rare status of being a Millennium Trail. Fastest overall woman wins accommodations at a Five Star Hotel as well as race socks for her entire team! If your team is an all male team obviously you are not in contention for the contest, however you still have to run the leg. Good luck ladies!

Best Costume:The Best Costume contest takes place during leg 9 (which is runner # 9 on your team.) Leg 9 is a 4.60 mile run that starts at the scenic Bowl and Pitcher Bridge and finishes at Cannon Park. Spokane’s “Doomsday Hill,” the most famous climb in Bloomsday’s 12 km race, lurks just at the end of this leg. We figured a costume could only help you run this last part all the faster! Who knows who will show up on the course, perhaps Spiderman, Wonderwoman, or Elvis? Have fun (and please be appropriate since we are running on public roads)! Anyone that participates in this fun contest wins Spokane to Sandpoint event staff’s respect and admiration… and of course a prize as well. Grand prize is given to the best overall costume.

Wild Wig Contest: This contest simply rocks! It takes place during leg 12 (with runner # 12) which is just before the second major van transition at exchange number twelve. It’s not quite time for trick or treating, but it is definitely time to see some rockin’ mullets, cruisin’ afros, jamin’ punkrockers, or runnin’ raninbow heads dashing down the Centennial Trail as they make their way to Mirabeau Park where live music and race services await. Prizes for everyone who participates and Grand Prize for best overall wig. Remember, the man (or woman) makes the wig – you got to sell it baby! Have wild fun during this 4.21 mile leg!

Men’s Time Trial: The men’s time trial takes place during leg 15 (which is runner # 3). Leg 15 is a 3.95 mile run that starts in Washington just about a mile before the Idaho State Line and finishes at Corbin Park in Idaho. You can tell all your friends that you personally raced through two states! Way to go!! The time trial is ran on the Spokane River Centennial Trail which turns into the North Idaho Centennial Trail and is closed to motorized vehicles. The terrain is mostly flat. The fastest overall male time wins accommodations at a Five Star Hotel for himself and race socks for his entire team. To be eligible for the contest all participants must have completed their first leg which was leg 3. You cannot skip or trade your first leg and still compete in the contest. If you are on an all female team you are not eligible for the contest but still have to run the leg. Good luck men!

Best Light Show: The Best Light Show was an idea one of our race directors came up with after training and racing through the night. The contest takes place during leg 25 (which is runner # 1) which should be a night run if you have estimated your team’s average pace fairly close to what you actually race. Competitors who compete in this contest literally become a running light show. Use lights any which way you can to make yourself look like a “glowing runner” that will light up the night streets. Be as creative as you want, but your light arrangement can’t interfere with the vision of oncoming traffic. Prizes will be given to all who participate as well as Grand Prize for best overall Light Show. Whether your team enters this contest or not, you still have to abide by Spokane to Sandpoint night running rules (flashlight/headlamp and reflective vest).

Van-A-Rama Contest: The team that shows the most race spirit by decorating their vehicle in a most exceptional manner wins the hallowed Van-A-Rama contest. In addition to the recognition, the winning team will also win a FREE set of rental vehicles (valued at $250) for next year’s Spokane to Sandpoint Race. Having raced in multi-person relay races before, our staff knows the abuse that vehicles can take having 6 sweaty runners in tow for 24 hours. Next year’s on us. Thanks for showing some Race Spirit with your decorated vehicle!

Team Spirit Award: Similar to the Van-A-Rama Award, the Team Spirit Award is a team contest given to the team the exhibits the best Team Spirit during the race. Things that you can do to improve your teams chance of winning this category include team outfits (make em’ fun!), team cheers, and positive sportsmanship during the race. We request that other participating teams report acts of sportsmanship from other teams that go above and beyond the call of duty to race officials. The prize for winning this contest is $500 off regular registration for the 2009 Spokane to Sandpoint race and discounted Silverwood tickets for the entire team. We take pride in teams that win this Award and want them to be regular participants year after year. Thanks for showing positive Team Spirit!

Spokane to Sandpoint is comprised of 36 total legs. Each team is responsible to provide two support vehicles with enough room for six runners each. Van 1 will complete a set of 6 legs and then handoff to Van 2, which will then complete a set of 6 legs. Each Van completes 3 sets of 6 legs for a total of 18 (or half) of the 36 legs. Spokane to Sandpoint has given each set of 6 legs some interesting and telling names.
Down the Mountain: Legs 1-6 Racers start atop picturesque Mt. Spokane at the base of the ski resort. The Race Start is staggered so that the slower teams (min/mile) begin earlier and the faster teams start later. The first couple of legs are sure to be fast as teams make their way off the mountain heading south and then west. After the midway point at Colbert Elementary teams then progress on back roads with tall pine trees and the Little Spokane River keeping them company. Exchange 4 at Pine River Park is a great place to spend some time cooling off as there is waterfront beach access, public facilities, and lots of shade. The final two legs wind their way toward Sontag Park where Van 2 awaits. “Down the Mountain” consists of 37.22 total miles. The Brightest Running Outfit contest takes place during Leg 6 of this set of legs.

Through The Forest: Legs 7-12: Racers begin at Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls at the trailhead of the Spokane River Centennial Trail. This trail system has been deemed a National Millennium Trail. You’ll discover why as you race through beautiful scenery nestled along the Spokane River. Places like Deep Creek, the Bowl and Pitcher, and Riverside State Park make this a runner’s paradise. The Centennial Trail is closed to motorized vehicles so make sure your vehicle driver follows the driver directions in the Race Handbook. If weather conditions are hot, racers might consider bringing water with them. At Exchange 8 racers get to race across the Bowl and Pitcher scenic bridge with the Spokane River rushing just below. To say the setting is spectacular is an understatement. The final three runners dash their way through the heart of Spokane while passing through Riverfront Park, home of the ’74 World Expo, enchanting Upriver Drive, and cross over Denny Ashlock Memorial Bridge before handing off the team wristband to Van 1 at Maribeau Park where live music and race services await. "Through the Forest" consists of 26.94 miles. Contests along this set of legs include the Women’s Time Trial, Best Costume, and Wild Wig Contest.

To the Beach: Legs 13-18: After catching a rest with plenty of space to lay out at Maribeau Park runners in Van 1 will begin their second set of 6 legs as they make their way to the City Beach in Coeur d’Alene. “To the Beach” consists of 27.49 miles. The first ten miles are along the Spokane Centennial Trail and then the last seventeen are along the North Idaho Centennial Trail system. Reminder, the Centennial Trail is designated for runners, walkers, rollerbladers, and bikers only. No motorized vehicles are allowed so please refer to the Race Handbook for driving directions. There are numerous places where vehicles can drive ahead of their runner and then get out and cheer them as they pass by. After crossing into Idaho runners will make their way through Post Falls and then into Coeur d’ Alene, voted one of the Best Places to Recreate and Live. Coeur d’ Alene is not shy on scenery, places to catch a bite to eat, or excitement. The final runner of this vanload will finish by running along River Avenue, part of the Coeur d’ Alene Ironman Triathlon and Coeur d’ Alene Marathon courses, and finish at Coeur d’ Alene’s captivating City Beach Park which is the midpoint of Spokane to Sandpoint. The Men’s Time Trial takes place during leg 15 of this set of legs.

Preparing for the Plunge: 19-24: “Preparing for the Plunge” consists of 31.29 miles. After cooling off at one of the most prestigious lakefront areas in Northern Idaho, that being Coeur d’ Alene City Beach, runners will then make their way to Silverwood Theme Park. Silverwood is the Northwest’s most popular Theme Park with nearly one million people making the trek to visit the always-expanding attractions. Several of our event staff have been season pass holders and can attest that this is a great place to spend a weekend! Along this set of legs, the first couple of runners will finish the last few miles of the Centennial Trail system before handing off to the rest of the team which will make its way north to Silverwood. Runners must wear reflective vests and carry a light source (headlamp/flashlight) 30 minutes prior to sundown. Your safety is our number one concern! Once arriving at Silverwood your team will have an opportunity to ride Tremors Roller Coaster, a ride that plunges you toward the Earth at over 65 miles per hour and through several underground tunnels! This concept, riding a roller coaster around midnight, is what makes Spokane to Sandpoint unlike any other running event out there. The roller coaster is voluntary, however it is expected that your team would at least have representation on the coaster. This means you could just have one person ride, or all twelve daredevils can ride together. Silverwood park services will be available and runners that want to purchase a picture of their team just before entering one of the best tunnels can do so after the ride. Members that don’t want to ride can watch the team from the gift shop atop the tunnel. Runner number 25 cannot exit the theme park until your representatives are off the coaster.

Dashing in the Dark: Legs 25-30: Runners will exit Silverwood Theme Park in the cover of night. This set of legs starts off with the Best Light Show contest during leg 25. Look for runners that look like moving Christmas Trees as they light up the race course! Race rules for night running apply to this set of legs until 30 minutes after sunrise. Teams on this stretch will have the pleasure of passing through several small northern Idaho towns including Athol, Spirit Lake, Blanchard, and Old Town before arriving at major exchange 30 where van 2 awaits. Take time to enjoy the monster pine trees that surround you as you make your way through the Kaniksu National Forest, a gorgeous place to run. Runners in van 1 can celebrate as they finish their final 31.43 miles during “Dashing in the Dark.” After passing off to van 2 take some time to rest and recoup and then make your way to Lakeview Park in Sandpoint for the Finish Line party!

Flight to the Finish: 31-36 Okay, perhaps after already running 154 miles as a team this leg should more aptly be called “Hurting for Home,” but let’s keep things positive right? Our staff firmly believes that the 35.7-mile “Flight to the Finish” is one of the most scenic and dramatic finishes in all of racing. Teams will progress from Old Town, Idaho westward traveling on backcountry roads that trace the majestic Pend Oreille River (one of Idaho’s best watersheds). The final runner who completes leg 36 of Spokane to Sandpoint will carry the team’s hopes (as well as the well worn wristband!) across one of the longest bridges with a fully sanctioned sports section in the entire Northwest. The 2.2-mile Sandpoint Long Bridge across Pend Oreille Lake is sure to take your breath away and provide the added energy you’ll need to reach the finish line shortly after exiting the bridge at Lakeview Park. This is the same park that houses the popular Sandpoint Music Festival each summer. Teams should progress across the bridge and await their final runner who will complete a 0.2-mile victory lap around the park’s arboretum before entering the stadium where teams will join in the final 50 meters to the Finish Line. Congratulations, you’ve completed 190 miles of runner’s paradise, enhanced some great friendships along the way, and are now ready for some sleep and an extra large post-race meal. We’ll cheer you all the way!

 
 

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