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7th Annual God’s Country Marathon Team Relay

Official Marathon Relay

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Race Starts at 7:00 A.M

Pre-Race Details

Race & Course Details

Post-Race Details




If you’re not quite ready for the full marathon, then join your coworkers, friends or family and participate in the God’s Country Marathon Team Relay! The race will start at the same time as the God’s Country Marathon. Each relay team will consist of 5 persons, all being at least 12 years of age on race day. Participants will run the distances of a full marathon broken down into segments for 5 runners. All relay team members will receive the same amenities as the full marathon participants, including a God’s Country Marathon finisher’s medal. Team members must submit information for all five runners together and must designate one team captain. If a team has less than 5 members that team may run, but will NOT be eligible for an award.


Pre-Race Details

Team Registration:

Cost of team registration is $165.00 until March 31, 2017;

$180 between April 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017;

$200 after April 30, 2017.

THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. All participants are required to sign the waiver. Participants under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian signature on the waiver. Registration is non-refundable.

  • Each team will consist of up to 5 runners. A team can have as few as three (3) members competing; however, this will require that some team members run two consecutive legs. Only teams with 5 members will be eligible for prizes.
  • All team members must register at the same time using this form. Team relay participants do not fill out individual entry forms. Team members are NOT eligible to register for the single marathon.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 finishing teams.
  • Each team will be given one badge on a lanyard that will be passed from team member to team member at each of the relay exchange points. Exchange points will be monitored by event staff. Only the runner running the last leg of the race will receive a timing chip. Please attach the timing chip to your shoelace for your time to register. The team with the best time will be declared the winner.
  • The relay teams will run the same course as the marathon field, under the Ekiden format (see chart below).
Leg Miles KM Exchange Marker
First 6.21 10K 6.21
Second 3.10 5K 9.31
Third 6.21 10K 15.52
Fourth 3.10 5K 18.62
Fifth 7.58 12.2K 26.2

Below are the exchange point locations:

  • First Leg - Start to Mile 6.21 - Exchange Point located past the #6 water station at the end of the guard rail (park off the road on grass after guard rail).

  • Second Leg - Mile 6.21 to Mile 9.31 - Exchange Point located at Larry's Sport's Center (suggest parking at Larry’s).

  • Third Leg - Mile 9.31 to (approx.) Mile 15 - Exchange Point located at Denton Hill State Park/Ski Denton Entrance (Note: this leg will be shorter than the Ekidan Marker designation by about a half mile to allow for a safe exchange point). Exchange point is located after the water station (Park across the street at the Lumber Museum Rest Area).

  • Fourth Leg – (approx.) Mile 15 to Mile 18.62 - Exchange Point located at the pull off on the west side of Denton Hill after the Water Station. This leg will encompass most of the hill.

  • Fifth Leg - Mile 18.62 to Mile 26.2 - Finish Line

Some exchange points are located in close proximity to water stations. Please make sure your driver and exchanges stay out of the way of the water station folks as much as possible. 

Only the team member running the final leg may cross the finish line in Coudersport.

Lodging: Both Coudersport and Galeton offer a variety of lodging options. Please go to www.visitpottercounty.com/places-to-stay for more information.

Packet Pickup Locations: There are two opportunities to receive your team race packet. The first opportunity is Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner (see below). The second is at the starting line the morning of the race, beginning at 5:30 A.M. at the Galeton School. We encourage as many teams as possible to pick up their packet at the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner. ONLY TEAM CAPTAINS MAY PICK UP TEAM RACE PACKETS. 

*Pre-Race Pasta Dinner: The God's Country Marathon Pre-Race Pasta Dinner is Friday, June 2, 2017. The dinner is from 5:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Gather at the American Legion Post 192 (2 Buffalo Street/Route 872, Coudersport, PA 16915) with fellow runners and enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat pasta dinner with all the fixings, salad, bread, desserts and a beverage. Pre-Race Pasta Dinner is NOT included with registration. Cost of the dinner is $8.00/adult; $4/child ages 3 - 12; children under 3 are free. Please send payment for the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner with your registration.

Race Day Parking: Ample free parking is located around the Courthouse Square at the Finish Line and at the Start Lines of both the full and half marathons. Some parking spots around the Courthouse Square have meters, but you do not need to feed the meters on race day. Please DO NOT park on Main Street in Coudersport on race day. 

Transportation: Transportation is NOT provided for the team relay competition. Teams are responsible for dropping off and picking up team members at the exchange points. The marathon course is open to traffic during the race, please use extreme caution on the course and be respectful of the full and half marathon participants at exchange points. Exchange points will be clearly marked. It would be best to designate one non-team member to handle transportation to and from the various exchange points, in case of injury.

Race and Course Details 

The God's Country Marathon has been named one of the "10 toughest marathons" and one of the "best small marathons" in the United States by Runner's World Magazine. The course takes runners on a scenic, yet challenging journey, on Route 6 through the majestic Susquehannock State Forest, ending at the historic Coudersport Courthouse Square. They Team Relay event follows the full marathon course. The Team Relay begins at 7:00 A.M. at the Galeton Area High School. It is an open road, point to point course. Each mile is marked with an official mile marker. A map of the course and elevation chart can be found below. The course will be marked with orange arrows painted on the pavement. We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the course and exchange points prior to the race.

The course begins at the Galeton Area High School. You will make a right from the parking lot onto Bridge Street; at the red light make another right onto Route 6 East. 

Continue on Route 6 East to the Nob Hill Motel, do a U-Turn in the road, and run back towards Galeton. Turn left onto Mill Street, right onto Clinton Street, left onto Hammond Avenue, and then right onto Sherman Street.

Sherman Street takes you back to Bridge Street. Make a right onto Bridge Street and then a quick left onto Germania Street. The road will curve to the right onto Union Street, make a right onto West Street and once you get up to Route 6, you will make a left. 

The course runs along Route 6 West for approximately 20 miles. Mile 15 marks the beginning of "The Hill" which continues until the peak at Mile 18. From there, it's all downhill as you come into Coudersport where you will turn left onto Park Avenue, just past the Parente Beard office.

At the end of Park Avenue, make a left, go over the bridge and make an immediate right onto Allegany Avenue. At the end of Allegany Avenue, make a right onto Main Street, go over the bridge and follow Main Street through the red light to the finish line. 

Fluid Replacement: 20+ fluid replacement tables approximately every 1 mile and at the finish line.

Note: Water Stations assignment locations are coordinated based on the mile markers; some stations may be located exactly at a mile marker due to available roadside space that allows our volunteers to stay safe.

"GU" Energy Gel: There will be "GU" stations at the 5-10-15 -20-25 mile marks and at some other water stations along the way. 

Port-a-potties: Port-a-potties will be at the starting line, 5-10-15-20.5 mile marks and at the finish line.

Medical Aid: Charles Cole Memorial Hospital provides medical aid to runners in need. Galeton and Coudersport Ambulance Companies will monitor the course.

Time Limits: There are no time limits for our course. If you are willing to try it, we'll be there for you at the Finish Line.

Post-Race Details

Awards: The top 3 teams with 5 runners will be awards prizes. Awards Ceremony will be held at 1:30 PM at the Finish Line at the Coudersport Courthouse Square. Please note that team relay prizes must be picked up before you leave - they cannot be mailed. Check the website and Facebook page for updates. 

Medals: All finishers receive a finisher's medal.

Post Race Showers: Runners will have the opportunity to shower after the race. Details TBD.

Results: Results will be available on the marathon website www.godscountrymarathon.com a few days after the race.

Photos: Photos from the race will be posted on our website at www.godscountrymarathon.com approximately 2 weeks after the race.

Post-Race Party: The Hotel Crittenden, just across the street from the Finish Line, will again be hosting our post-race party, with live music and specials for runners, spectators and volunteers, beginning at 7:00 PM on Saturday evening. Wear your t-shirt, bib or medal and there's no cover charge. Plan on sticking around Saturday night and joining us for great food, music and camaraderie.

Website and Facebook: The official website for the God's Country Marathon Team Relay is www.godscountrymarathon.com. We are also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pottercountymarathon. Please "like" our page and check our website for additional information as race day approaches!

T-Shirts: T-shirts will be included in your race packets. You must register by April 30 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Questions: Please call the Potter County Visitors Association at (814) 274-3365 or email us at potter@penn.com.

Sanction/Certification: The God's Country Marathon is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event and certified course and a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

JKLM Energy LLC: Presenting Marathon Sponsor

USATF Certification and Sanction


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