Race Details

THE START: 8:00 AM Sharp! December 7, 2014 for all teams except female seniors (50+), female veterans (60+) super veterans (70+) who will participate in our Sunshine Start.

SUNSHINE START: Female Senior (50+), female veterans (60+). coed veteran (60+) and super veterans (70+) teams will run the final 3 legs of the relay (3 person team). These teams will start at 8:45 AM sharp from the second exchange point at Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School on Rte. 113 in Tyngsboro.

THE CATEGORIES: Each relay team consists of five runners except the female seniors, female veterans, coed veterans and super veterans that consists of three runners. There are seventeen categories.

Category Runners Details
male open (18-29) 5
female open (18-29) 5
coed open (18-29) 5 at least 2 females
male sub-masters (30-39) 5  
female sub-masters (30-39) 5  
coed sub-masters (30-39) 5 at least 2 females
female masters (40+) 5
male masters (40+) 5
coed masters (40+) 5 at least 2 females
male seniors (50+) 5
female seniors (50+) 3
coed seniors (50+) 5 at least 2 females
female veterans (60+) 3
male veterans (60+) 5
coed veterans (60+) 3 at least 1 female
female super veterans (70+) 3
male super veterans (70+) 3
coed super veterans (70+) 3 at least 1 female

SUNSET START (Running leg 5, then read this): All runners doing the final leg will start at (or before) 11:15 am. if your fourth leg runner does not reach the last exchange point by 11:15 am, your final leg runner should be in place and will be started at that time. The time beyond 11:15 am that your fourth leg runner finishes will be added to the team’s time.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: All participants must be of 18 years or older.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? This is an invitational event that is open to all members of the following clubs: Gate City Striders, Greater Lowell Road Runners, Merrimack Valley Striders, Andover Striders, Athletic Alliance Running Club, Winners’ Circle Running Club, Gil’s Athletic Club, Whirlaway Racing Team, North Shore Striders, Greater Derry Track Club, Squannacook River Runners, North Medford Club, Somerville Road Runners, Sandown Rouge Runners, Melrose Running Club, Shamrock Running Club, Mystic Runners, Wicked Running Club, TriFury and the Goon Squad.

ENTRY-FEE: $75 for 5-person teams and $45 for 3-person teams. Individual clubs are responsible for managing the entry fees for all of the club’s teams. Contact your club’s Mill Cities Relay coordinator for details on how this is being handled within your club. Each club should submit a single check in payment for all of the club’s teams. All items can be picked up at the Claddagh on Monday, Dec 2nd.  starting at 7:00 pm.   Also, the final dates for registering teams is Friday Nov 29, and changes can be made up until Dec 6th. Checks should be made payable to Mill Cities Relay. Each club is also required to pay a $50.00 club fee due by October 17.

TO ENTER: Assemble your team and fill-out the on-line application form. On-line entry closes at 5:00 PM on Friday November 29 – no entries will be accepted after this date. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Note that in some clubs all teams are organized and registered by the club’s team coordinators, while in other clubs teams organize and register independently. Contact your club’s Mill Cities Relay coordinator for details on how this is being handled within your club. Competitive numbers, slap bands and race giveaways for all teams will be made available to your club’s MCR coordinator.

MANAGING TEAM ROSTERS: It is important to have accurate team rosters on race day. Teams with incorrect race day rosters can miss exchanges, since team members often look at the on-line rosters to verify which leg they are running. Teams with incorrect race day rosters can also be disqualified, impacting both the team and the club scoring. Team captains can manage their own team rosters on-line until 6:00 PM on Friday, December 5. After that date, any roster changes must be submitted in writing directly to the race timers prior to the race start on Sunday December 7.

PARKING ALERT: Parking isn’t allowed on Rt. 113 along the area at exchange 2 near the Voke School). Parking is fine along Rt. 113 at exchange 3 near the boathouse.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTES: Here are the links to the bypass driving directions using Google maps.

Start to Exchange #1 http://goo.gl/maps/4aAK0
Exchange #1 to Exchange #2    http://goo.gl/maps/RdF2r
Exchange #2 to Exchange #3 http://goo.gl/maps/ghjKe
Exchange #3 to Exchange #4 http://goo.gl/maps/u5ysA
Exchange #4 to Claddagh Pub http://goo.gl/maps/9XotC
From Finish up to Start http://goo.gl/maps/Fqvwi

FOUL WEATHER: In the event of snow, the race may be delayed or postponed. Please check this website race weekend for the race’s status.

THE SIXTH LEG CELEBRATION: This competition is a celebration of running, camaraderie, and friendship. It is also a year end party to the running year. We will follow the race with our awards ceremony that will be held at the finish at the Claddagh Pub located on 399 Canal St., in Lawrence, MA. Soup, Cote’s famous beans, pasta, bread and salad will be provided. Each competitor will receive a Mill Cities gift. Following the awards’ presentation, the party continues with music and fun.

COOPERATION: This is an event for runners organized by runners. Each participant is needed to do some organizational function. Each participant is expect to follow the rules.