Team Captain meeting is 8:30pm Thursday night at the Wyndham.
Visit the New American Odyssey Relay YouTube Channel Send Us Your Best Video Clips!

Teams! We want to experience AOR the way you experience AOR, so we're asking you to send us your best video clips. It's easy to send us mobile uploads to this AOR YouTube address:

'ldl4i6myaean@m.youtube.com'
We're looking for clips :20 seconds or shorter.

  • What happens inside your team's van?
    We want to see. (Keep it PC and PG13.)
  • What's your favorite spot along the course?
  • See a great sunset? Shoot it send it.
  • Cheers for the person running Leg 6.
  • The decorations on your van. Noisiest sleeper in your van.
  • The moments that make your AOR special. Show us why you run AOR.
  • You can send your clips in during the race or right after.

getting started...

Not sure where to start?
Check out these links to get your bearings:

Why AOR?  |  FAQs  |  Course Overview  |  Team Captains  |  Team Members  |  Volunteers

The Art of the T-Shirt

This year we had a fun focus on the team t-shirt... Can you find yourself in the video?

what's new?


2014 Latest Updates...

FOOD OPTIONS, OVERSIZED VEHICLES AND TWEETS! Read the Latest Update Q

LEG 4: SKI LIBERTY CONSTRUCTION
Ski Liberty has just advised us that they are beginning construction next week...
Read the Course Update Q

UPDATE FOR LEG 34 VAN DIRECTIONS!!
2014 Construction Workaround...
Read the Course Update Q

UPDATE FOR NIGHT TIME RUNNERS!!
The MD State Highway Administration now requires AMBER LIGHTS for night time running.

2014 Runner Start Times Posted!

If you don't see your team listed, please make sure you've registered properly on imAthlete.

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The Official 2014 Handbook is posted!

Packed full of useful information, all the leg maps and directions as well as contact info, release forms, and safety tips. Be sure to read up before the race!

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We've also added some new features to the individual legs download page. Get a bird's-eye view of the course or download GPS data for each leg to use in your Garmin or mobile device.

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This Year's Sponsors

AOR and other similar races thrive because of the generosity of our sponsors and our volunteers. Please take a moment to see who is sponsoring AOR this year and be sure to support them in all you do.

Fitness Together Leidos The Wharf Glassman Wealth Services Fleet Feet Sports, Gaithersburg Walker & Dunlop Bluejacket Quartermaine Coffee Roasters Charm City Run Cary Bland Therapeutic Massage Bethesda Bagels CFAR



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Freedom's Run

Looking for a fall race? Please consider our favorite group of fall races, Freedom's Run, in Shepherdstown, WV. There are all sorts of distances, lots of history and great organization. For more information and to register, look here... www.freedomsrun.org

Freedom's Run

Announcing the AOROne!

Intrigued by the AOR but not sure about the whole thing? Sure about the whole thing, but not able to get 12 friends to commit to an overnight adventure? Or maybe it's homecoming. Or prom. For your kids, not you!

Well, here's the resolution to your conundrum!
The AOROne is a one day relay race of about 76 mores, give or take. It is comprised of the last 12 legs of the AOR. Teams of four or six run the 12 legs starting in the very early morning and finishing with the teams who have run the full relay. Depending upon your team's pace, you might start at 3:00 AM or maybe at 5:00 AM. Either way, you will start at transition 24, which is at the Bavarian Inn in Sheperdstown, WV. Now, it's up to you whether you want to take part in the World Famous Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast at the Bavarian Inn before you even run :) We won't tell!

One word of warning... most AOROne teams proclaim their intent to run the entire relay "next year" immediately after completing the AOROne!

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AOR introduces the Featured Team Spotlight

Featured Team: Don't You Know We're LoCoThere's one thing we know for sure... we have some great teams that participate in AOR! We want you to know it too. So, we've created the "Featured Team" section of our site. We will feature a team from time to time. We may put up video or pictures. We may include bio info. We may discuss your team's running performance. Or, we may just embarrass you! So, if you want to be a Featured Team, let us know. But, don't whine if you don't like our write up!

View Our Featured Team:
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Become an AOR Ambassador

Become an AOR Ambassador!

The American Odyssey Relay Ambassador is a unique breed of runner who enjoys the camaraderie of other runners in somewhat malodorous close quarters yet also enjoys running alone in a beautiful setting. The AORA can usually be spotted escaping reality by jumping headlong into any adventure involving teammates and running. Most importantly, the AORA, when asked, "What is the greatest running relay event ever?" answers with heartfelt exuberance, "The American Odyssey Relay, of course!"

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Don't Just Run A Relay... Experience An Odyssey!
Od·ys·sey:
[oh-duh-see]
n. a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences and hardships.

lots more testimonials Q Runner with American Flag
Can we do it again next weekend? ;)    Stephanie G.
AOR know's how to host an event!! WOW, what a GREAT day of running! Thank you so much for an amazing experience!!    Kristin W.
It was my first AOR, but it won't be my last!    Lauren M.
Congrats and thanks for another AWESOME event. AOR 2013 is the best race I've ever run.    Dan C.
If they were all run like AOR - Gettysburg I'd have way too many relays to attend. You set the standard high for the rest of them.    Waylon
I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work this past week end and also for my pancake breakfast.    Kathy J.
This was Team Sasquatch's third year at the Odyssey and we had a blast! Great volunteers, great race day execution, and great people. We'll be back for Year 4 in 2012!    Barry C.
AWESOME RACE!!!! Fabulous volunteers...LOVED the cake!!! Beautiful scenery, challenging runs, wonderful people...HONESTLY, it just couldn't have been better. If you had had this race in 1863, I wouldn't have taken the train!    Annette S.
Hands down, it's the best running experience I ever had, PERIOD!    Matt S.
Thank you for the incredible weekend. This was my second year and I loved it. I said many times that coordinating this race and all the many logistics, volunteers, and other details appears to parallel the complexities of a rocket launch.    Haley
You all put on an amazing race this weekend! I had such a great experience. Directionals and volunteers were amazing!! Thanks so much!    Lisa
The Sweaty Dozen had an absolute blast this year. Bob, Kelly, and the rest of the organizers did a phenomenal job with the logistics including some really awesome improvements over last year (can't get over those sign lights!)    Steve D.
Bob: Thank you for the incredible weekend. This was my second year and I loved it. I said many times that coordinating this race and all the many logistics, volunteers, and other details appears to parallel the complexities of a rocket launch.    Haley
You all put on an amazing race this weekend! I had such a great experience. Directionals and volunteers were amazing!! Thanks so much!    Lisa
You guys are the best!!! Thanks for organizing an awesome event... my team (and perhaps a new one, comprised of those who wish they were cool enough to compete this year) will definitely be back next year! I LOVE AOR!    Megan S.
Great job with organizing everything and making sure we had scenic runs. It was a wonderful experience!    Kimberly C.
Can't wait for next year!    Jason N.
Another year, another great race! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make it happen!    Paula B.
Another great event, Bob & Kelly (and all of the support teams). The MMAMs had a great time and will be back for our 4th year in 2012. Thanks to all of the other teams who helped us out when Van 1 had a flat at the startline. Always an adventure!    Christy L.
AWESOME Race, Bob!!!!!! We especially like the fact that the finishing medals were designed especially for team Mixed Nuts. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!    Angi L.
Good times, Bob! We'll be back in the future. Count on it. Can't wait to hear the date for 2012.    Dan W.
Bob -- we're already thinking about next year! Maybe running as a 6 person team?!? We had a great time!    Nicole W.
Another great race Bob! Rebels Run Amok had a blast once again. Already looking forward to next year!    Thomas D.
Great event--very well organized! On behalf of Team M Train, a big thanks to all of the volunteers!    Aaron K.
Awesome job as usual, Bob and Kelly! Hoover's Harriers had a wonderful time! We'll be back again next year, guaranteed!!    David S.
Excellent race again this year. We had a Blast in van 2 of the Abominable Slow-Men!!    Fred S. II
Fantastic race! Team Hicks had a blast and we'll be talking about the memories made this weekend for a long time!    Jodi E.
Thank you for a wonderful event. Team Runs -n- Goses had an absolute blast and can't wait to see you next year!    Rebecca P.
Great job Bob! It was a heck of a race! Can't wait to do Southern Odyssey!!!    Mark V.
An awesome job, folks! And I must state, in my role as Union General Rehm, and unequivocally, that volunteering for the American Odyssey Relay is as much fun as running it, if not more!    Catherine R.
Thank you for the incredible weekend. This was my second year and I loved it. I said many times that coordinating this race and all the many logistics, volunteers, and other details appears to parallel the complexities of a rocket launch.    Haley