So many races to run, so little time. So many events in which to participate, but limited financial resources you can apply to them. Choose wisely, my friend, choose wisely. Don’t waste money or time on events that might not live up to – or far better, exceed – your expectations. Check out the race course, learn about the directors, read the testimonials. Do your homework. We know you’ll choose American Odyssey Relay once you do that!
Here are just a few of the American Odyssey Relay differentiators:
- Beautiful course, put together by runners for runners;
- Incredible American Odyssey Relay family atmosphere with runners helping each other and race directors out on the course throughout the entire relay;
- Food opportunities. Many small places along the way and at transitions and one big one: The world famous Boy Scouts Pancake Breakfast at transition 24;
- A fabulous finish at the new Wharf in SW Washington DC – Great food and drinks and pretty fabulous scenery too!
BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR! If you are uncertain about signing up for an overnight relay, or just don’t have that kind of time, we have a great option for you! The Potomac Odyssey is a one-day, nine-leg, 57-mile relay beginning in Brunswick, MD on Saturday (the same Saturday as American Odyssey Relay) and running concurrently with the American Odyssey Relay. Teams will start at 7:00 am. They will finish at the SW Waterfront and be a part of the overall American Odyssey Relay celebration party! Participants in the Potomac Odyssey receive separate t-shirts and compete for their own awards. For more information about this great option, please click here.
American Odyssey Relay is a homegrown race, not part of a national chain. When you send an email to American Odyssey Relay, you get a response directly from the race directors!
While our numbers continue to grow each year, we are driven by quality, not quantity. We aren’t owned by investors, we’re owned by runners. So, you never have to worry about overcrowding or corners being cut. Come out and join us and see for yourself!
How We’re Different
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. Our goal is to make each leg of the race exciting, challenging, picturesque, or a combination of the three! We avoid the main roads where possible. We hope to give you an opportunity to run on roads and trails that you might not know about or even find on a map!
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.
I Found Freddy is a game. It is a fun game. It is quirky, and offbeat, and different.
Freddy is a flamingo. Make sure you know that. He has been called lots of other names and confused with lots of other animals. It’s important to know Freddy’s origin if you’re going to succeed at the game. Freddy has some skeletons in the closet. And, there are lots and lots of little baby Freddies (or is it Freddys, we’re not sure) out there to deal with. Your job is to help us find these Freddies and get them to adoptive homes where they can be safe and well cared for in the years to come. Oh.. we almost forgot, the Freddy’s on the course have cards that you can redeem for prizes at the finish!
Those who have previously participated in the American Odyssey Relay know Kelly well. She’s the director of FUN. Kelly organizes volunteers and is out on the course the entire time making sure people are appropriately enjoying themselves! In the last year, Kelly’s wanderlust finally got the better of her and she became a flight attendant. But, in return for agreeing to provide a reference for her, we extricated a promise that she’d always take vacation days sufficient to join us. And, she will.