P3R (Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon) and the Allegheny Trail Association (ATA) have scheduled the inaugural GAP Trail Relay for October 12-13, 2018. Organization and preparation for the GAP Relay will be done in collaboration with the ATA and its member groups.
The two-day event will challenge teams of 8 to begin the relay in Cumberland, Maryland on Friday, October 12 and cross the finish line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 13 before enjoying the post-race party at South Shore Riverfront Park.
Each relay team member will receive a commemorative medal, commemorative shirt, featuring custom artwork and swag bag including the trail’s official TrailGuide guidebook.
Online Registration is now open.
Because the race will traverse almost the entire length of the 150-mile multiple use rail-trail system, P3R will work closely with many of the ATA organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland:
- Mountain Maryland Trails | Cumberland to the Mason-Dixon Line
- Somerset County Rails to Trails Association | Mason-Dixon Line to Confluence
- Ohiopyle State Park | Confluence to Connellsville
- Regional Trail Corporation | Connellsville to McKeesport
- Steel Valley Trail Council | McKeesport to West Homestead
- Friends of the Riverfront | West Homestead to Pittsburgh
Teams of runners leap-frog each other as they run the along the Great Allegheny Passage from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA.
- Start Friday, October 12 (Cumberland, MD)
- Teams will be divided into two groups traveling in separate vans
- Each participant will run three legs, of varying distances, with one person serving as an alternate runner to relieve an injured runner or take the place of a teammate in need of relief
- Finish Saturday, October 13 (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Post-Race Party at South Shore Riverfront Park
Individual relay leg time limits have not yet been finalized and may change the overall time allowed for completion of the relay.
Competitors will be able to form teams of up to 8 to complete the 24-leg journey. We also offer a 4-Person ULTRA Team allowing our most daring competitors to turn up the difficulty on their journey.
You can also register as a “4-Pack” and we’ll pair you up with another 4-Pack for the relay.
8-Person Team | 3 Legs per Person| $900
4-Person ULTRA Team | 6 Legs per Person | $600
4-Pack | 3 Legs per Person | $500
Individual relay legs have not yet been finalized and are subject to change.
Full Course Breakdown
|Leg #||Description||Leg Distance|
|1||Cumberland to Helmstetter’s Curve||5.14 mi|
|2||Helmstetter’s Curve to Woodcock Hollow||5.35 mi|
|3||Woodcock Hollow to Frostburg||6.98 mi|
|4||Frostburg to Deal||9.23 mi|
|5||Deal to Meyesdale||7.29 mi|
|6||Meyersdale to Garret||4.64 mi|
|7||Garrett to Rockwood||7.33 mi|
|8||Rockwood to Markelton||6.13 mi|
|9||Markelton to Confluence||9.02 mi|
|10||Confluence to Ramcat||4.29 mi|
|11||Ramcat to Ohiopyle||8.48 mi|
|12||Ohiopyle to Bruner Run||6.12 mi|
|13||Bruner Run to Connellsville||11.5 mi|
|14||Connellsville to Dawson||5.6 mi|
|15||Dawson to Whitsett||9.54 mi|
|16||Whitset to Smithton||4.18 mi|
|17||Smithton to Cedar Creek (end w/ loop)||4.63 mi|
|18||Ceder Creek to West Newton (begin w/ loop)||5.77 mi|
|19||West Newton Buena Vista||6.69 mi|
|20||Buena Vista to Boston||7.35 mi|
|21||Boston Loop||6.21 mi|
|22||Boston to Duquesne||7.03 mi|
|23||Duquesne to Sandcastle||6.9 mi|
|24||Sandcastle to Southside (Finish)||3.2 mi|
8-Person (and 4-Pack) Leg Distribution
|Runner 1||Runner 2||Runner 3||Runner 4||Runner 5||Runner 6||Runner 7||Runner 8|
|1st Leg||5.14 mi||5.35 mi||6.98 mi||9.23 mi||7.29 mi||4.64 mi||7.33 mi||6.13 mi|
|2nd Leg||9.02 mi||4.29 mi||8.48 mi||6.12 mi||11.5 mi||5.6 mi||9.54 mi||4.18 mi|
|3rd Leg||4.63 mi||5.77 mi||6.69 mi||7.35 mi||6.21 mi||7.03 mi||6.9 mi||3.2 mi|
|Total Miles||18.79 mi||15.41 mi||22.15 mi||22.7 mi||25 mi||17.27 mi||23.77 mi||13.51 mi|
4-Person Ultra Leg Distribution
|Runner 1||Runner 2||Runner 3||Runner 4|
|1st Leg||5.14 mi||5.35 mi||6.98 mi||9.23 mi|
|2nd Leg||7.29 mi||4.64 mi||7.33 mi||6.13 mi|
|3rd Leg||9.02 mi||4.29 mi||8.48 mi||6.12 mi|
|4th Leg||11.5 mi||5.6 mi||9.54 mi||4.18 mi|
|5th Leg||4.63 mi||5.77 mi||6.69 mi||7.35 mi|
|6th Leg||6.21 mi||7.03 mi||6.9 mi||3.2 mi|
|Total Miles||43.79 mi||32.68 mi||45.92 mi||36.21 mi|
The GAP Relay 2018 is brought to you in conjunction with: