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The Official AOR 2014 Video is here!

The official AOR2014 video made entirely of participant video and stills sent in via the AOR mobile upload. 200 miles of pure fun from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC in 36 hours or less. Enjoy and thanks to all who contributed.

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AOR's Featured Team Spotlight

Featured Team: Sarah's Street RidersThanks again from Sarah's Street Striders for Team RWB. A thought briefly occurred to me as we had to add a replacement runner on THURSDAY, but didn't really have time to sink in until Saturday. When we added our last runner 1 day before the relay start, it gave us what may be a first for AOR: 3 generations of runners on the same team.

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2014 Thank You Email to Volunteers

THE 2014 MOST SPIRITED TRANSITION WINNERS BY RUNNER VOTES:

TRSN. #11: BEST FIRST YEAR DEBUT FOR A TRANSITION HONORABLE MENTION!
TRSN. #13: MT AETNA FIRE DEPT AND SPECIAL OLYMPIANS WINNER!
TRSN. #14: GREENBRIAR AND THE FIRE PIT FUNYUN BOYS WINNER!
TRSN. #20: PRICE FARM AND THE FIRE, FOOD AND DRINK WINNER!
TRSN. #28: POINT OF ROCKS AND THE BRIDAL SHOWER WINNER!

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2014 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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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.

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This is the first year I have ran in a relay and I can say confidently that it will not be my last. You and your tean did an outstanding job in the organization and preparation of the race. With so many individuals, vehicles, and variable factors I am extremely impressed.    Dan H.
This was by far the best relay you have put on. I was runner 7 and it started raining while I was out there. Once I was wet - I was wet. We actually all laughed about it once the 3 of us that got drenched became dry again.    "Team 24 Cheeks to the Wind" - Runner 7
The AEI team has such great memories and a truly incredible experience every year. Thank you for your vision, leadership and incredible hard work to make this event happen!    Jason Bertsch
Thank you for putting on such a spectacular event! The memories and experiences from this past weekend I will cherish for years to come. I had the privilege of completing leg 6 this weekend and I am requesting the beer glass which you are so graciously offering!    Freddy L.
As of Friday morning, I was still wondering what in the world I'd gotten myself into, but now I'm a relay convert I had an awesome team (Go Daughters (+1 son) of Rest -- and of Green Tutus! Cheers to AOR 2014!    Caroline M.
Things you might encounter on this "adventure": Cow bells, Freddy (the mascot), silly moments, priceless memories!!    Brenda H.
This is an incredibly well run relay thru some amazingly scenic portions of PA, MD, WV, VA and DC!    J Neely
The Mostly Middle-Aged Maniacs had a great time! And thanks to all the other teams who showed the true spirit of teamwork. You offered water, snacks, and (most importantly) encouragement through your windows driving by and in person at the exchanges.    John H.
The saddest moment of AOR - cleaning off the van after 30 hours of pure fun in it! The BTR Badasses had a blast, thanks to Bob Fleshner, the staff, and especially the volunteers for everything!    Lauren E.
200 miles with my sisters in crime... too much fun! Thanks AOR!    Jean B.
This year we had team members come in from San Antonio, Atlanta, Nashville, and Philadelphia to participate. I think that is a testament to the quality of the event you and your team have put together.    George R.
This is my FAVORITE event!! And you are a GREAT race director. Your sense of humor about it all is wonderful... And, still being able to command everyone's respect and lay down the rules. Best event ever!!!    Jamie