Handbook

Blue Ridge Relay
2011 Team Handbook

The notes of this Handbook apply to all competitors, team support staff, spectators, and event staff and volunteers. This was designed to make your experience safe, smooth, enjoyable, and rewarding.

Grayson Highlands State Park
The Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Grayson Highlands State Park have issued a Special Use Permit to the Blue Ridge Relay. In addition to the established rules and regulations of these organizations, the following will apply to the Blue Ridge Relay:
1. Grayson Highlands State Park is 30-45:00 from Jefferson/West Jefferson, 1:15-1:30 from Boone. Please allow extra time for the drive. The roads, which access the Park, are secondary.
2. Upon entering Grayson Highlands, a parking fee for all vehicles will apply. The fee is $10 for 15 passenger vans and $2 for other vehicles, payable at the gate.
3. All Park rules apply.
4. Team Packet Pick-up, if not done Thursday, must be completed 30 minutes prior to the start of your team’s wave. Sign-in at the starting line will take place 15 minutes prior to the start of your team’s wave.
The Start is at the Visitor’s Center, located 4 miles after passing through the Park entrance gate. Upon entering the park, do not stop at the Ranger’s Station, which is located just inside the gate. The Ranger’s station is EZ 1 and the parking lot space is not adequate for additional vehicles.
5. Park Rangers will be monitoring the Park roadways. Please respect their requests and directions.
6. Porta-johns will be set in the gravel parking lot below the start line. Because this is a State Park and has lots of forest, it is acceptable for animals to use the forest as a restroom. However, the supervising Ranger requests that all humans use the porta-johns. Use of the forest as a restroom will result in team disqualification.
7. At EZ 1 (and throughout the course) runners are not permitted to congregate on the roadway. Certainly runners can warm up on the road, but must yield the right-of-way to vehicles. Please see rule updates for additional information.
8. Very important – drive slowly through the park at all times!

Blue Ridge Parkway
The United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and Blue Ridge Parkway have issued a Special Use Permit to the Blue Ridge Relay to access the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to the established rules and regulations of these organizations, the following will apply to the Blue Ridge Relay:
1. “All runners must wear reflective vests at all times while on the Blue Ridge Parkway.” To meet this requirement, the Blue Ridge Relay will require runners, who are running legs 11, 12, and 35 to wear reflective vests for their entire leg, regardless of time-of-day.
2. “Support vehicles are not permitted on the Blue Ridge Parkway with the exception: support vehicles can travel between milepost 373 and milepost 375, but cannot stop on the Parkway.” Therefore, support vehicles will follow a route alternate to the course for legs 11 and 12. Support vehicles may use the
Parkway for leg 35. Alternate vehicle routes are noted below.

Counties and Municipalities
The Blue Ridge Relay has received permission from the following counties: Grayson, Ashe, Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, and Buncombe. Permission has also been received from the towns of Jefferson, West Jefferson, Blowing Rock, Newland, Spruce Pine, Burnsville, and Asheville. Please respect these communities, which graciously are allowing our event access to their roadways.

Gravel Roads
The course was intentionally designed to use secondary roads, when possible. Many of our gravel/dirt mountain roads are narrow and are single lane in places.
1. Please drive slowly to keep dust at a minimum.
2. Respect local traffic.
3. In places, the roads are narrow. Approaching vehicles may not be able to pass your support vehicle. Please be patient and courteous.
4. Please avoid driving the course in reverse on those legs that have dirt/gravel roads as noted on the leg maps. Two way traffic can create unwarranted congestion on these narrow dirt lanes.

Course Markings
The course will be marked with yellow directional signs (18” x 24”). Signs during the night legs will be highlighted with reflective tape. However, as noted in the Rules, it is the responsibility of the runner to navigate the course.
In addition, approximately ¼ mile before an exchange zone, an “EXCHANGE ZONE” sign will be posted. This is not the beginning of the exchange zone, but an alert sign for runners and drivers that the exchange zone is approaching. Please note that signs may read “BRR” or “Relay”. Signs will be posted on the Left side of the road. However, signs will be posted on the Right when the leg notes/description instructs runners to run on the right. Every turn will be signed, but occasionally signs do disappear. So memorizing or carrying your cue sheet is highly advised.

Safety Concerns
We believe runners should always run defensively. Please be advised that you will be running on a course that is open to normal traffic. Roads will be posted with caution signs to approaching traffic. All runners should be alert to traffic, blind turns, and road conditions.

Every year we receive questions about safety, especially at night. If you are concerned about safety:
1. County Sheriff Departments and Local Law Enforcement are informed of the Relay’s presence, of the roads we’re using, and the respective time of day. They are seen patrolling the course.
2. Companion runners are permissible. Please refer to the rules for complete details.
3. Team vehicles are NOT permitted to “shadow” their runners (please see rule 10, 60-minute penalties). However, as long as team vehicles comply with traffic laws, they are permitted to leap-frog their runner. Pulling into a private drive at 3:00am to wait for your runner is not legal, may result with the involvement of
local law enforcement, and disqualification from the Relay.
4. You can carry a small canister of pepper spray.
5. Carrying your cell phone may or may not offer comfort. Sections of course do not have cell service.

Rules and Penalties
Please refer to the website for a complete listing.

Companion Runners:
There has been much discussion by the Relay advisory committee about Companion Runners. From its inception, the only reason for the companion runner is safety during the night legs. The Blue Ridge Relay is a team event, during which runners complete the course as a team. The Relay advisory committee strongly believes that companion runners should remain. As race directors, we want to maintain the integrity of the team event. Therefore the Companion Runner rule will remain as it is listed in the rules section.

Rule Addition/Clarification: 60 Minute Penalty
Runners must exchange at every designated exchange area. These will be clearly marked with an orange construction cone during the day legs and a flashing/strobe light during the night legs. Relay Officials will be wearing light blue and fluorescent yellow reflective safety vests. EXCHANGE ZONE signs will be posted ¼ mile before the Exchange Zone. A team’s first offense will result in a 60 minute penalty. A second offense will result in team disqualification. Please also reference “Runner Drop Outs”, Rule #6 under 60 Minute Penalties.

Quiet Zones
All Legs and Exchange Zones during the night hours will be designated as Quiet Zones. From 7:30pm until 7:30am, please respect our local families with no audible music outside the support vehicles and hushed, very hushed, conversations. At minimum a 60 minute penalty will be assessed for the first team violation. Disqualification may result for the first team violation and will apply for a second violation.

Team Sign-in
Teams have two options for packet pick-up:
1. Thursday at Bald Mountain Baptist Church, West Jefferson (EZ 6), pre-race all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, reservations required.
2. Start Line, Friday morning, 30 minutes before your team’s scheduled start time. Race bracelets will be distributed at time of packet pick-up, with the team’s race numbers. Race bracelets will be retrieved at the finish.

Start Line
Teams should be at the Start Line 30 minutes prior to their start if they need to pickup their race packets. Teams, which have already picked up their race packets are expected to sign-in/report at the Starter’s Table at the
Starting Line 15 minutes prior to the team’s start time. The team’s lead vehicle and lead runners only need to be at the Start (if two vehicles are used). Several items will be addressed at this time:
1. Team packet pick-up and race bracelet issue (if not completed on Thursday)
2. Team Sign-in (the captain is NOT required to be present).
3. Vehicle inspection (just if you think your vehicle size is going to be questioned)
4. Inspection of reflective vests, flashlights and blinking lights (if you have questions).

Best Decorated Van Competition
The Best Decorated Van Competition will be judged at the Start Line by Blue Ridge Relay staff and volunteers.
Prizes for all runners and 2 drivers will be awarded at the awards ceremony.

Restroom Facilities
Restroom facilities and/or port-a-johns will be available at most Exchange Zones. Restroom facilities/port-a-johns will not be available at Exchange 23 at Snow Creek Storage (between legs 23 and 24).

Prerace Pasta Dinner
Bald Mountain Baptist Church Youth Group will once again be hosting the pre-race dinner. Dinner is all you can eat spaghetti (choice of meat or meatless sauce), bread sticks, salad, banana pudding, and drinks (water, tea, coffee). Cost is $10. Registration and prepayment must be received by Saturday, September 3. To make your pre-race dinner reservations you have 2 payment options:
1. Mail your check made out to Blue Ridge Endurance, 2385 Big Flatts Church Rd., Fleetwood, NC 28626
2. Or you can use paypal and choose the “send payment” option and send $10/reservation to gumridgemill@skybest.com (this is free if you have a paypal account or use your checking account to pay).

Food and Beverages
Be prepared. The stores and gas stations in the rural towns of North Carolina’s High Country may not be open around the clock. However, three community groups will have food available for sale (Exchange Zone 18, Plumtree, food to be determined), fresh baked potatoes, cases of water, and ice (Exchange 24, Bakersville), and pancake breakfast (Exchange Zone 30, Pensacola).
1. We’ve had a recent change at the transition zone EZ 18, Plumtree Presbyterian Church. Food is being finalized.
2. Bakersville Volunteer Fire Department: This group of volunteer firefighters will host several exchange zones, including Transition Zone 24 at their fire department. They are offering a baked potato bar, cases of water, and bags of ice.
3. Pensacola Community Group: This group of men and women host monthly pancake breakfasts as a community event and have added one more breakfast to their schedule…to support the Relay. Pancakes, coffee, orange juice, and fruit cocktail will be available at our last Transition Zone (Exchange
Zone 30). What a great way to fuel-up before the last six legs, and for those runners who have completed their running duties.

Weather Conditions
Please be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. For every 1000’ increase in elevation, expect the temperature to drop 2.2 – 5.3 degrees. The climate and weather is comparable to Canada! The average daily high temperature has a range of 50s-70s degrees and low temperature 30-59 degrees. Be prepared for
rain, higher winds, and quickly changing weather at these higher elevations. To summarize, be prepared for extremes, as has been said, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes.” http://www.raysweather.com is the BEST source for up-to-date local weather.

First Aid
Each support vehicle should carry a well-stocked first aid kit and ice. Be prepared to know how to use it.

Communication
Teams are encouraged to have a means of communication between support vehicles and a means of communication to contact local authorities/emergency personnel. Dial 911 in the case of an emergency. Blue Ridge Relay officials at each exchange zone will have access to emergency contact information.

Finish Line
For the second year, we will be finishing at Roger McGuire Green in downtown Asheville. New this year, we’ll be finishing as part of OrganicFest. The finish line will be adjusted from the course maps and is attached with this document.

Teams may finish and are encouraged to finish with their last runner. We will have a staging area for the team to gather as your last runner approaches. Please do not interfere with finishing runners from other teams. If your runner and another team’s runner are finishing close, please allow the active runners to pass before entering the finish line shoot.

Finish Line Awards Ceremony
Awards ceremony and post-Relay drawing typically starts between 6:00 and 6:30pm, but we’ll do our best to start as close to 6:00pm as possible. The following awards are planned, but may change:
1. First Place Overall: Mizuno running shoes (gift certificate) for each team member.
2. First Place in each team category will receive Mizuno gear.
3. Second Place in each team category.
4. Best Decorated Van.
5. Mizuno MVP Award: Random teams (maybe every 10th tea team to finish) can select their team MVP, who will receive Mizuno merchandise.
6. Runners Raffle: open to all runners who deposit the “Raffle Drawing” section of their bib number in the Raffle box at the Officials’ Tent, between 5:00pm and the start of the raffle. The runner must be present and must have his/her bib number to win. We always have a nice selection of prizes.

Charitable Partners
This will be the fifth year that the Blue Ridge Relay has had a Charitable Partner(s). Our charitable partner is a community organization based along the route of the Blue Ridge Relay. Teams/runners are encouraged to raise funds to support these organizations, separate from the volunteer donations made through the Blue Ridge Relay. To date, almost $30,000 has been donated by the teams to support these organizations. The team that raises the most ($2,500 minimum) will be awarded free entry into the 2012 Blue Ridge Relay. These donations do not go through Blue Ridge Relay hands. All donations will be made payable to the selected charity.

1. In memory of Ben Dowis: The 2011 Blue Ridge Relay will be run in the memory of a good friend and tremendous advocate of the Blue Ridge Relay, Ben Dowis. My relationship with Ben began in 2005, when Ben allowed us to set 2 porta-johns in front of his store Pensacola Sales and Service, a lawn and garden equipment sales and repair shop in the small community of Pensacola (Exchange Zone 30). His involvement with the Relay grew the next year when he opened his shop to the runners (3:00am) and offered them coffee, doughnuts, a pool
table, and some cots. Since 2007, under Ben’s leadership and enthusiasm, this community has opened its doors wide open to the Blue Ridge Relay. They offer a pancake breakfast to the runners, have two churches open for shelter and sleep, and they staff 3 exchange zones (EZ 29, 30, and 31). I know the primary reason that Ben and the Pensacola community are so welcoming, it’s because they get pleasure in serving others. The funds that are raised through the pancake breakfast and volunteer donations from the Blue Ridge Relay are used to support
benevolent needs in their community. In April of this year, Ben passed away at home. Ben’s family has asked that donations be made payable to Laurel Branch Baptist Church, with a memo Men’s Breakfast. Donations can be given to the head official at packet pick-up, to the race director at the finish line, or the folks running the pancake breakfast in Pensacola.

2. Ashe Habitat for Humanity: We are raising funds for the Ashe County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The group of volunteers from this affiliate has been tremendous with their effort in Ashe County as they are working to build their first home and have been incredibly supportive of the Blue Ridge Relay over the past several years. Once again they are scheduled to staff several exchange zones and the Start. Ashe County Habitat for Humanity (ACHFH) became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International in October, 2008. Since then, they have been raising funds to build their first house. Besides being decent and affordable, the house will have many energy efficient features. The land for the house has been purchased and the first family selected. Please make donations payable to Habitat for Humanity, Ashe Affiliate. Donations can be given to the head official at packet pick-up, to the race director at the finish line, or mailed to the Blue Ridge Relay.

Course Records
Course and Ultra Record:
KTC – Shaving Time, Knoxville, TN; 2010; 21:25:26 total time, 6:11 per mile pace

Open Record:
Jus Running – Norm’s Maggots, Asheville, NC; 2009; 21:42:22 total time; 6:10 per mile pace

Women’s Record:
Sisterhood of the Traveling Bracelet, Chapel Hill, NC; 2009; 27:25:52 total time; 7:48 per mile pace

Mixed Record:
Charlotte Running Club, Charlotte, NC; 2010; 21:59:07 total time; 6:21 per mile pace

Master’s Record:
Carolina Godiva Masters, Durham, NC; 2010; 22:25:42 total time; 6:28 pace

Women’s Ultra Record (2010 is the first year to have Women’s Ultra as a category):
Joy of Six, Arden, NC; 2008; 29:59:09 total time; 8:39 per mile pace

Sponsors

Gum Ridge Mil & Flying Pig Furniture: http://www.gumridgemill.com . Gum Ridge Mill has been the major sponsor
since 2005 (year 1). Gum Ridge Mill crafts custom furniture, flooring, doors, etc… with antique wood reclaimed
from barns, houses, cotton mills, tobacco warehouses, etc… Gum Ridge Mill, located in Fleetwood, NC (near
legs 7 and 8, is family owned since 2000.

Grayson Highlands State Park, VA: The spectacular setting of Grayson Highlands State Park and the very
gracious staff of Park Rangers has served as host of the Blue Ridge Relay Start Line since 2005 (year 1). If this
is your first or tenth visit to the park, you are in for a treat. Mountain balds, cool temperatures, wild ponies, and
big views are the norm. Previous sightings included bucks in velvet, black bear cubs, and so much more.

Mizuno USA: http://www.mizunousa.com . Once again the Blue Ridge Relay has the pleasure of affiliating with a
major running shoe company, Mizuno USA. In addition to team prizes, Mizuno will be a major part of the Relay
from start to finish.

Mellow Mushroom, Pizza Bakers, Asheville. Mellow Mushroom (Asheville) continues to remain as a tremendous
sponsor of the Blue Ridge Relay. Mellow Mushroom will be offering gift certificates for some fantastic post-Relay
dining at their Asheville location. In addition, all runners who present their bib numbers on Saturday, September
6, will receive a 15% discount while dining at Mellow Mushroom. You will need your bib number to receive the
discount, which applies to food only.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: http://www.enterprise.com . Need a team vehicle? Enterprise is there with 15-passenger
vans and a Relay discount. You can’t beat the combination.

RoadID: RoadID has been our bib sponsors since 2005 (year 1). Just in case an accident does happen while
you are running, cycling, or away from home, RoadID, can save your life. RoadID gift certificates will be offered
during the post-Relay drawing.

SpringHill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott, Asheville: These restful hotels are within a few miles and minutes
of the finish. What a great place to unwind, relax and sleep after your 208-mile effort…and all at a great rate.
http://www.courtyardasheville.com or http://www.springhillsuitesasheville.com

Team Samaritan’s Purse: Team SP is an arm of Samaritan’s Purse, which is headquartered in Boone, but
has an impact worldwide through its disaster relief, emergency relief, and community development throughout
the world. Team SP is a way to dedicate your race, birthday party, or other event to help a greater cause.
http://www.samaritanspurse.org

Alternate Routes for Support Vehicles
The Blue Ridge Parkway requires that support vehicles use an alternate route for legs 11 and 12. Blue Ridge
Relay officials will be posted at the entrance and exit ramps. The following directions are the most viable
alternate routes.

Leg 11 Support Vehicles
As per the notes above, the Blue Ridge Parkway has required that support vehicles not use the Parkway.
Follow the following route:
a. From the former Laurel Springs Baptist Church
b. Right on Old Highway 421 North
c. Travel 3.4 miles
d. Left at light, intersection with New Highway 421 North
e. Travel 1.9 miles
f. Left on Bamboo Rd (2nd traffic light) at Exxon Gas Station
g. Travel 2.5 miles
h. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church on Right
i. Enter first entrance to parking lot, park in parking lot Left of church

Leg 12 Support Vehicles
As per the notes above, the Blue Ridge Parkway has required that support vehicles not use the Parkway.
Follow the following route:
a. From Mount Vernon Baptist Church
b. Exit parking lot at same location at entered
c. Right on Bamboo Rd
d. Travel 0.4 miles
e. Right on Deerfield
f. Travel 1.8 miles stay to the Left to remain on Deerfield
g. Travel 1.2 miles
h. Left at light (just past Watauga Medical Center), intersection with 321/221, Blowing Rock Rd.
i. Travel 5.2 miles
j. Right into Tanger Outlet parking lot (Town of Blowing Rock)

Transition Zones

Transition Zones are defined as the exchange zones where teams with 12 runners, will experience an overlap in support vehicles (e.g. runner 6 from support vehicle 1 will finish and runner 7 from support vehicle 2 will begin…and runner 12 will finish and runner 1 will begin). The Transition Zones will have greater van traffic and a greater volume of team members. Please note that the non-running support vehicle may pass the Relay staff and arrive at a Transition Zone ahead of staff. Please be patient, we’ll be there. The following are the Transition Zones and related notes. Please note that parking will be directed at most of these locations.

Transition 1, Exchange Zone 6 (between legs 6 and 7): Bald Mountain Baptist Church.
Ample parking. Please park in the gravel parking lot first. Use paved parking for overflow.

Transition 2, Exchange Zone 12 (between legs 12 and 13): Tanger Outlet
Ample Parking. Please park furthest from the Outlet Stores, nearest the entrance from Route 321, which will
give the Relay more space and allow Outlet customers more convenient access to the stores. OASIS staff and
volunteers will be hosting this Exchange Zone and will be serving as Relay Officials.

Transition 3, Exchange Zone 18 (between legs 18 and 19): Plumtree Presbyterian Church
Parking in the gravel lot adjacent to the Church. Parking will be directed by relay officials. Even though the
parking is spread out, the Exchange Zone will take place at Plumtree Presbyterian Church. Food is being
planned but has not been finalized.

Transition 4, Exchange Zone 24 (between legs 24 and 25): Bakersville Volunteer Fire Department. Ample
parking in parking lot across the street. Plenty of grass for camping and a large indoor space in case of inclement
weather. Freshly dug baked potatoes to fuel up on.

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Transition 5, Exchange Zone 30 (between legs 30 and 31): Pensacola Sales and Service
The parking lot of Pensacola Sales and Service will serve as the Exchange Zone. Ample parking is also available
at Laurel Branch Baptist Church (across the street) and Pensacola United Methodist Church (down the street).
Both churches will be open for runners to catch some sleep inside. And don’t forget about the great pancakes.

Support Vehicle (inactive) Driving Directions

If your team has two support vehicles: one support vehicle for runners 1-6 (SV1) and a second for runners 7-12
(SV2). The Blue Ridge Relay recommends the following routes for the inactive support vehicle.

Transition 1 (Exchange of Legs 6-7, Bald Mountain Baptist Church
SV1 to follow the following route
1. Right from Bald Mountain Baptist Church
2. Right on Beaver Creek School Rd.
3. Left on 194
4. Right on 221 South
5. Right on 421 North/221 South to Boone
6. Left on 221 Extension
7. Left on 321 South/221 South to Blowing Rock
8. Right Tanger Outlet (Transition 2)

Transition 2 (Exchange of Legs 12-13, Tanger Outlet, Blowing Rock)
SV2 to follow the following route
1. Left on 321 North/221 North from Tanger Outlet to Boone
2. Travel 6.3 miles
3. Left on 105 South (Wendy’s restaurant is on the Left corner)
4. Travel 17 miles to Linville
5. Right on 181 North to Newland
6. Travel 4.0 miles
7. Left on 194 South
8. Travel 1.3 miles
9. Right on Spanish Oak Rd.
10. Travel 5.7 miles
11. Left on Lick Log
12. Travel 2.4 miles
13. Left on 19E to Plumtree Presbyterian Church on Left (Transition 3)

Transition 3 (Exchange of Legs 18-19, Plumtree Presbyterian Church)
SV1 to follow the following route
1. Left (South) on 19E from Plumtree Presbyterian Church
2. Travel 12.9 miles to Spruce Pine
3. Right on 226 North to Bakersville
4. Travel 9.5 miles to Bakersville
5. Left at traffic light in Bakersville, remaining on 226N
6. Travel 0.3 miles
7. Firehouse on Left
8. Left on Baker Lane to Firehouse (Transition 4)

Transition 4 (Exchange of Legs 24-25, Bakersville Fire Department)
SV2 to follow the following route
1. Left from Bakersville Fire Department onto 226 North to Red Hill
2. Travel 5.2 miles to Red Hill
3. Left on 197 South
4. Travel 11.1 miles to 19E intersection
5. Right on 197 South/19E
6. Travel 0.7 miles
7. Left on 197 South (Pensacola Rd.) to Pensacola

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8. Travel 9.2 miles to Pensacola (Transition5)

Transition 5 (Exchange of Legs 30-31, Pensacola Sales and Service)
SV1 to follow the recommended route
1. 197 North from Pensacola to Burnsville
2. Travel 9.2 miles to Burnsville
3. Left on 19E
4. Travel 17.4 miles
5. 19/23 South to Asheville
6. 240 Beltway East (Expressway)
7. Exit Charlotte St.
8. Turn Right
9. Turn Right on College
10. Straight through traffic circle
11. Finish line ahead on Left at Roger McGuire Green
12. For free parking in city/county employee parking lot, turn Left after traffic circle on either Valley or
Davidson. Read the signs as you enter to ensure that you are parking in the correct lot. Steps connect
the Green to the parking lots. Metered parking on College and other streets is also available.

Emergency and Medical Care Contacts
Call 911 for all emergencies. Drivers and runners should know their location on the course at all times.
Race Day course, weather, emergency, etc…updates will be posted on the Blue Ridge Relay Facebook page.
Become a Friend to stay in-tune during the race. Rule questions and other race related questions must be
directed to the Relay Officials.

Exchange
1-8
9-12
13-19
19
20-24
23-24
25-26
27
25-30
29-31
31-36

Gas Stations and Grocery Stores
Legs
Store
Town
Address
5
Walmart Gas & Grocery West Jefferson 1149 Mount Jefferson Rd.
5
Ingles Grocery
West Jefferson 60 Ashemont Dr.
5
Wilco Hess Gas
West Jefferson N 6th Ave & Main Ave.
5
Other Gas and Grocery options in West Jefferson and Jefferson

11
11

12
12
12-13

15

21
21

Local Hospital
Ashe Memorial Hospital
Watauga Medical Center
Cannon Memorial Hospital
Green Valley Fire Department
Blue Ridge Regional Hospital
Bakersville Fire and Rescue
Bradshaw Fire and Rescue
Clearmont Fire and Rescue
Yancey Comm. Med. Center
Pensacola Fire and Rescue
Mission Hospital

Address
200 Hospital Ave.
336 Deerfield Rd.
434 Hospital Dr.
8602 South US 19E
125 Hospital Dr.

Town
Jefferson
Boone
Linville

Spruce Pine

Phone
336-846-7101
336-262-4100
828-737-7000
282-765-9465
828-765-4201

320 Pensacola Rd.

509 Biltmore Ave.

Burnsville

Asheville

828-682-6136

828-213-1111

Food Lion Grocery
Kangaroo Gas

Food Lion Grocery
Blowing Rock
7533 Valley Rd.
Tanger Outlet Gas
Blowing Rock
Hwy 321 & Tanger Outlets
Other Gas and Grocery options in Blowing Rock

Gas

Gas
Gas – 24 Hour

Boone
Boone

1864 Old Hwy 421 S
Hwy 421 & Bamboo Rd.

Linville

Spruce Pine
Spruce Pine

Across from EZ 15

Middle of Leg 21
EZ 21

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Course Updates
Leg 33: Will end at the Beech Community Center, which is on the right of Sugar Cove Rd. across from Reems
Creek Beech Presbyterian Church. The exchange zone and parking will take place in the baseball outfield of the
community center. The Community Center is reserved for a private family reunion and therefore the Relay is not
permitted to use the Community Center. We must remain restricted to the outfield only.

Leg 36: Will finish at the Roger McGuire Green in Asheville. Runners will approach on College St., cross Spruce
St., and then enter the Green on the Left after crossing Spruce St. Stay alert for increased traffic (foot and
vehicle) because of OrganicFest.

Driver Instructions:
Driving the course requires much preparation and planning. The preparedness of the drivers greatly impact the
experience of their team, the efficiency of the Blue Ridge Relay, and the safety of all involved.
1. Non-running driver and co-pilot are suggested. However, some teams prefer to do the driving themselves.
2. Know the course, the rules and this team handbook.
3. If you don’t like runner food, be prepared with your own food and beverages.
4. Have a plan with your team, if you need to rest or sleep (alternate driver)

Drive the Course Before the Race? If you can’t drive the course in advance
1. Thoroughly review the maps
2. Note where all turns are located
3. Identify exchange zones (and areas where more time will be required).
4. Know the difficult parking areas and plan accordingly.
5. Be aware of the roads that are more remote and those that run through towns
6. Know locations for gas, groceries, supplies, and additional restrooms are located
7. Establish locations off of the course where your team vans can meet if needed
8. Become aware of areas where vans won’t be in contact with their runner and how to deal effectively

Driver Related Rules:
Grayson Highlands State Park Rules (see park office for complete details)
In addition to the established rules and regulations of these organizations, the following will apply to the Blue
Ridge Relay:
1. Grayson Highlands State Park is 30-45:00 from Jefferson/West Jefferson, 1:15-1:30 from Boone. Please
allow extra time for the drive. The roads, which access the Park, are secondary.
2. Upon entering Grayson Highlands, a parking fee for all vehicles will apply. The fee is $10 for 15 passenger
vans and $2 for other vehicles, payable at the gate.
3. All Park rules apply.
4. Upon entering the park, do not stop at the Ranger’s Station, which is located just inside the gate. The
Ranger’s station is EZ 1 and the parking lot space is not adequate for additional vehicles.
5. Park Rangers will be monitoring the Park roadways. Please respect their requests and directions.
6. Parking for the start is in the gravel parking lot on the right, below the road.
7. Very important – drive slowly through the park at all times!

Blue Ridge Parkway Laws (this is a partial listing, see park office for complete details)
In addition to the established rules and regulations of these organizations, the following will apply to the Blue
Ridge Relay:
1. “All runners must wear reflective vests at all times while on the Blue Ridge Parkway.” To meet this
requirement, the Blue Ridge Relay will require runners, who are running legs 11, 12, and 35 to wear
reflective vests for their entire leg, regardless of time-of-day.
2. “Support vehicles are not permitted on the Blue Ridge Parkway with the exception: support vehicles can
travel between milepost 373 and milepost 375, but cannot stop on the Parkway.” Therefore, support vehicles
will follow a route alternate to the course for legs 11 and 12. Support vehicles may use the Parkway for leg
35. Alternate vehicle routes are above in this Team Handbook.

Traffic Laws: Roads will remain open to normal traffic during the Blue Ridge Relay. As such, Blue Ridge Relay
participants, support staff and vehicles, spectators, event staff, and everyone affiliated with the Blue Ridge Relay

Burnsville

Time of day dependent

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Blue Ridge Relay
2011 Team Handbook
must obey traffic laws at all times. For the safety of everyone involved, respect all users of the roads. Violators of
traffic laws will be reported to local law enforcement.

Alcohol Consumption: The Blue Ridge Relay prohibits the consumption and presence of alcoholic
beverages during the Relay by everyone involved with the Relay including runners, support staff, and
spectators. A violation will result in immediate team disqualification, prohibition of all team members from
future Blue Ridge Relay events, and notification of the violation to the proper authorities.

Reflective Vests: While running during nighttime stages, the following must be worn: reflective vest,
one flashing light on front, one flashing light on back, and a lit flashlight/headlamp must be carried/worn.
When out of the support vehicle, all team-members, support crew, and spectators must wear their vests
during nighttime stages. The hours of the nighttime stages are 7:30PM through 7:30AM. Please note:
each team member should have a reflective vest!

On Course Vehicles: Each team is limited to two vehicles, preferably vans, minivans, or SUVs
(not to exceed 6’9″ wide by 20ft in length). NO MOTOR HOMES, LIMOUSINES, BUSES, OR
TRAILERS. This applies to all exchange zones and transition zones. If you have doubts about
the legality of your vehicle, you must have it checked at the start by a Race Director. If a violation
occurs, the vehicle must depart from the racecourse/exchange zone immediately. It is a violation
for a 15 passenger van to transport a rear cargo carrier.

Support Vehicles Signs: One official vehicle sign will be issued to each team vehicle and must be
displayed on the dashboard. The Blue Ridge Relay also suggests that team vehicles make their own signs for
their rear window “Caution: Runner Ahead”

Navigation: Runners must know the cue sheet and map for their leg. If a wrong turn is made, the
runner must return to the course on foot to the point on the course where the error occurred and
resume the race. 18 inch x 24 inch directional signs are posted at all turns.

Race Officials: Relay staff and volunteers at Exchange Zones are considered Race Officials.
Obey their instructions – you will be penalized for not obeying. There will be Parking Officials
assigned to direct parking at each exchange zone. If you see an Official, you are to obey their
parking instructions.

Shadowing: Vehicles cannot trail, follow, or shadow runners. Team vehicles may not stop along
the course to provide support (food/drink). Runners are encouraged to carry water/fluids/fuel for
the longer legs if necessary (refer to Rule 4, Public Nuisance Rule for disposal of empty
containers, wrappers, etc…).

Quiet Zones: All Legs and Exchange Zones during the night hours will be designated as Quiet
Zones. From 7:30pm until 7:30am, please respect our local families with no audible music
outside the support vehicles and hushed, very hushed, conversations. Disqualification may result
for the first team violation and will apply for a second violation.

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