The American Odyssey Relay is YOUR race. We put it on for you, not for ourselves. Meaning we do what’s best for the runners, not what’s easiest for the organizers. You will see us out along the race course making sure you’re safe and having fun throughout the entire relay. We won’t be sitting in something euphemistically called a “command center” while you are out on the course.
During the relays we’ve run – and we really enjoyed them all – we had a few thoughts about ways things could be done a bit differently to enhance the participant experience. Perhaps the biggest complaint that relay runners have is that the runners from van one rarely get to interact with the runners from van two. We’ve solved that with the Odyssey Oasis at the midpoint of the relay. Legs 16, 17 and 18 all start and stop on the campus of Boonsboro High School. And, they are all run on the same out-and-back course in the heart of town. So, those who aren’t running – from both vans – can hang out together in the high school where there will be food, showers and massages. Not a bad little interlude. That’s why we call it the Odyssey Oasis!
Our favorite relays were the ones in which it was evident that the race directors clearly took their time developing the route. We kind of took that to an extreme. We developed ours over the better part of 18 months. We met with runners all along the course and made one simple request: show us where you run. And they did. Meaning you are going to run on a course developed by runners for runners.
We are local. We know the townspeople along our course. We work closely with the police and the EMTs. We don’t bring a crew in for race day and leave the next day. We live here. We are part of the fabric of the local communities that make up our relay course.
It’s YOUR race. Come and be a part of it again. And again. And again.