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Hilton Head Relay Feb 27, 2021

run 60 mi walk 42 mi

February 27, 2021 – Hilton Head Island, SC

Details

DATE: February 27, 2021
RACE COURSE: The Hood To Coast Hilton Head Relay route is 64 miles. Each leg will vary in length and be between 3 and 9 miles.
PARTICIPANTS PER TEAM: 6 runners/walkers (at least 4 members per team)
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS: 1,500
REGISTRATION FEE: $648 (team of 6)

REGISTRATION PROCESS:  Click HERE to register for HTC Hilton Head!

The creators of the Mother of All Relays and the most popular relay race in the world land on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Hood To Coast Hilton Head is the flattest and fastest HTC one-day relay course with the journey starting and finishing at the beautiful The Beach House on the #1 Island in the Continental United States. This one-day, one van, six member race features all the sought after aspects of the original Hood To Coast Relay in Oregon. But guess what? No sleeping fields, no major exchanges and no running in the middle of the night. Each team of six will run or walk 58.5 MILES with every participant completing two legs of the race.

Pre and Post-event participants get to leave the winter weather behind with 12 miles of pristine beaches, sun, sand, and surf. Enjoy 33 world-class golf courses, 300 tennis courts, over 250 restaurants, and of course our host resort, The Beach House and their iconic Tiki Hut. Just like the original Hood To Coast in Oregon, the Hilton Head experience brings together teams to conquer a breathtaking course, and create a life-long bond.

Hood To Coast Relay Oregon is the most popular relay race in the world with 20,000 participants from all 50 states and 43 countries. The event has sold out for 18 consecutive years, and annually places an additional 40,000 hopeful runners and walkers on a waiting list. This popularity has led to the launch of Hood To Coast China with franchisee, and former NBA All-Star Yao Ming, Hood To Coast Israel, Hood To Coast Taiwan, Hood To Coast Washington, Hood To Coast Pacific City, Hood To Coast High Desert, Oregon Classic, and the next adventures being Hood To Coast Hilton Head and Hood To Coast Europe in 2020.

REFLECTIVE GEAR

From 3:00am – 7:00am and after 6:00pm, runners/walkers while participating must:

  • Carry a flashlight (headlight or similar)
  • Wear one front and one back LED flasher.

From 3:00am – 9:00am and after 6:00pm, runners/walkers while participating must:

  • Wear a reflective vest.

Teammates/support personnel are highly recommended to wear a reflective vest and LED flasher (when not inside the race vehicle), on the course or at any exchange, from 6pm – 9am.

All participants are encouraged to wear high visibility colors during all hours.

HEADPHONES

Music devices with speakers below the head or outside of the ear are allowed. 

  • Headphones/buds or any other music devices in the ear ARE NOT allowed.
  • Music must be at a sound level considered appropriate to both the general public and other participants.
  • Participants must still be able to hear instructions and general traffic noises.
  • If a Volunteer or Race Official deems the music too loud, the participant must turn down the volume immediately, failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification.

BIKE PATROL

  • The race hires 10 personnel to patrol the entire course from 3 am – 9 pm. 
  • Look for them with Race Official volunteer shirts, reflective vest, event radios, LED lights and headlamps.

OPEN CONTAINER LAW

  • South Carolina State Law clearly states that no open containers of alcohol are permitted within vehicles.
  • Save the celebration for the Finish Party!
  • Police will be strongly enforcing this law on the course.

COURSE CLOSURE

  • The Race Course and Finish Area will close Saturday evening at 8:30pm.
  • Any teams still on the course at that time will be requested by Race Officials to either discontinue the race, or plan on finishing by having more than one teammate run at the same time, called “Leap Frogging.”
  • All teams are seeded to finish before the course officially closes, provided your team has supplied honest race pace times.

 

SELF-POLICING

  • No traffic or police monitors are promised to protect runners and walkers from vehicular traffic along the course.
  • Great care must be exercised at all times by participants and team vehicles.
  • Participants must travel along the correct road shoulder or sidewalk, and obey all South Carolina traffic laws and signals.
  • Self-policing of our event is the reason we will have a lack of injuries or traffic-related mishaps.

 

FIRST AID

  • Teams are responsible for supplying an adequate first aid kit to treat: blisters, abrasions, headaches, heat exhaustion, and other common ailments.
  • Most running/walking injuries are directly related to soft tissue trauma and are effectively treated with ice.
  • We strongly recommend bringing a cooler filled with ice (remember R.I.C.E: Rest Ice Compression Elevation).

 

COMMUNICATIONS

There will be a radio at every exchange point along the race course.

If you see anyone in need of assistance, please get their race number, and if possible, let the Exchange Leader with a radio know at the next Exchange Point. They are capable of bringing in an ambulance or even Life Flight if necessary.

EMERGENCIES

In case of emergency, (Start, on course roads, or at Finish), it is each participant/team’s responsibility to seek their own appropriate medical/emergency care. (Remember to write your emergency medical info where provided on the back of your race bib!)

HYDRATION>

  • No aid stations guaranteed along the course
  • Participants are strongly urged to carry large containers of water in team vehicles! 
  • Most important step you can take during the race is to continuously hydrate (drink non-caffeinated fluids and water).
  • Recommended intake: 12-16 cups of water per day

30 MINUTE PENALTY

Race Numbers/Wrist Wraps

–  Race bibs must be worn at all times, and the Wrist Wrap must be carried/worn at all times throughout the race.

No Stopping on Road or in Exchange Parking Area Prior to Parking

–  No stopping, when vehicles are moving, to drop off a runner/walker.  This quickly causes a backup of congestion if vans do not adhere to the rule.

Vehicles Following Participants

–  No vehicles will be allowed to follow behind participants to illuminate the road during night-time legs. These vehicles severely impede traffic.

Conduct on Race Course

– Any conduct deemed unsafe or unsportsmanlike by Race Officials will not be tolerated.  Do not obstruct traffic, play loud music, yell, or honk horns early in the morning or at night in rural/neighborhood areas. Also, no van decorations that are overtly suggestive, sexual, or that contain foul language.

No Parking on Road Prior to Exchange

– No parking is allowed along the road within 500 feet prior to an exchange. Parking is allowed in designated areas only after the exchange point marker. Please park off the road as far as possible, watch for participants, and stay alert to other traffic.

60 MINUTE PENALTY

Participant Rotation

– All teams are to rotate their team members in the same sequence throughout the race, not consecutively in a row. (For example, if a participant begins on Leg 2, he/she must stay in the number 2 position throughout the race. The participant would then rotate to Leg 8.  This sequence should continue unless a teammate has dropped out).

Mixed Division Participant Drop Out

– If a runner on a Mixed Division team becomes injured and drops out during a leg, the injured runner must be replaced with the next team member in rotation of the same gender. (See Handbook for additional details and examples.)

Participant Drop Out

– If a team member drops out due to injury or illness during a leg, only the next runner in rotation can take the wrist wrap and continue, (but only to the next exchange point). The next person in rotation can only finish the unfinished portion of the previous leg and go no further. A handoff must occur at the exchange point to the next participant in rotation. No more than one substitution in one leg is allowed. (See Handbook for additional details and examples.)

Race Officials

– Course volunteers, S.C.D.O.T., and traffic safety officials at exchanges are considered Race Officials. They have authority to disqualify a team for rule violations, abusive behavior, or failure to follow instructions given by volunteers. Abusive treatment or disregard for their authority will result, at minimum, in a 60-minute penalty.

Display of Team Vehicle Signs

– Each team is to have one (1) vehicle. Official vehicle signs will be issued to each team (within team bag given at Packet Pickup or Race Check-in Tent). A 60-minute penalty will be assessed for failure to properly display these signs. A team found with more than one vehicle on the race course will be disqualified.

 

DISQUALIFICATION

Safety Gear

–  From 3:00am-7:00am and after 6:00pm, all participants on the course must:

– wear one front and back LED flasher 

– carry flashlight, or wear headlamp or hat headlight 

– wear reflective vest until 9:00am

(Each team must present two reflective vests, two flashlights (or Headlights) and two LED flashers for inspection at the Start Check-In Tent. Teams are then issued the official race wrist wrap and allowed to participate).

Save the Party for the Finish!

– Open alcoholic containers, drinking, inebriated participants or volunteers on the course will immediately be disqualified.

No Bicycles or Dogs

– No bicycles or dogs are allowed to accompany participants on the race course. Team members found biking the course are assumed to be accompanying participants and the team will be disqualified.

Public Nuisance Rule

– Participants who are reported to have littered, urinated, or defecated on private property will immediately be disqualified. Please use good judgment and be considerate of property owners along the course. Portable toilets and ample garbage containers are provided at each exchange point.

No Oversize Vehicles

– No vehicles 80″ or wider, or longer than 23′, motor homes, buses or limos are allowed on the course by any team or team support. If you have doubts about the legality of your vehicle, contact the HTC/PTC Office prior to the relay.

Start Time

– Any teams found starting the race earlier than their assigned Start Time will be disqualified

Headphones

– Music devices with speakers below the head or outside of the ear are allowed.

– Headphones/buds or any other music devices in the ear are NOT allowed.

– Music must be at a sound level considered appropriate to both the general public and other participants.

– Participants must still be able to hear instructions and general traffic noises.

– If a Volunteer or Race Official deems the music too loud, the participant must turn down the volume immediately.

– Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

TEAM STRUCTURE

  • Each team will consist of 4-6 runners or walkers.
  • Racers will run/walk two (2) total legs. (Walk relay is 6 Legs)
  • Racer Order: Racer 1, Racer 2, Racer 3, Racer 4, Racer 5, Racer 6, Racer 1, Racer 2, Racer 3, Racer 4, Racer 5, Racer 6,
  • Order may be different for teams of 5 and 6.

Packet Pick-Up Date

Friday, February 1st – The Beach House Resort
1 S. Forest Beach Dr.
Hilton Head, SC 29928
4:00pm – 7:00pm

*Teams that are unable to attend packet pickup will get their packets at the start line.

 

BAGS/PACKETS INCLUDE

· Nike Dri-Fit Men’s and Women’s Size Race Shirts

· Race Bib Numbers and Van Signs

· Start Times

· Goodies from sponsors!

START LINE

The HTC Hilton Head start line is located at the Beach House Resort (1 S Forest Beach Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928)

– Start waves are 3:00am – 7:00am.
– Be aware of participants already on the course as you enter the Start Area

TEAM CHECK-IN PROCEDURES

One person from a team is required to check-in; doesn’t need to be the Team Captain

1)  Present team safety equipment for inspection at the Equipment Check-in area 20 min. prior to Start Time

One (1) Reflective Vests
Two (1) LED Lights/Flashers
One (1) Flashlights or Headlamps

2)  State your team number to Race Officials

3) Sign and turn in the Traffic Safety Agreement (in handbook)

4)  Upon safety equipment approval, receive your wrist wrap. Without the Race Wrist Wrap and approval of Safety Equipment, teams will not be permitted to start.

 

Out-of-town teams

– Receive race numbers, race shirts, wrist wrap, and vehicle identification signs at Start Check-in area

– Arrive 30 mins in advance of team start time to collect necessary materials and check-in

Awards will be given to the top four teams in each category.

  • MEN’S OPEN – Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • MEN’S SUBMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • MEN’S MASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • MEN’S SUPERMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 50
  • WOMEN’S OPEN – Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • WOMEN’S SUBMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • WOMEN’S MASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • WOMEN’S SUPERMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 50
  • MIXED OPEN – At least half women. Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • MIXED SUBMASTERS – At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • MIXED MASTERS – At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • MIXED SUPERMASTERS- At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 50

 

*Mixed Categories: 6 member teams must have a minimum of 3 women to be in the mixed category. Teams with 4-5 members must have a minimum of 2 women. Team’s with less than this number of women will default to a men’s category. Any team with 1-3 men, rest comprised of women, will be classified within the mixed categories.

Key Dates

FEBRUARY 2020

February 26th: 2020 Super Early-bird Hood To Coast Hilton Head Registration Opening (thru 3/20/2019)
The 2nd annual Hood To Coast Hilton Head team registration is now open! Registration fees: $750 Run or Walk. Visit our HTC Hilton Head Registration Page.

JANUARY 2021

January 2nd: The Beach House Resort Booking Deadline
All rooms must be booked by this date to ensure the Hood To Coast Hilton Head rate. Book HERE

FEBRUARY 2021

February 6th: Handbook Available Online (2020 version HERE – subject to change)

February 26th: Packet Pick-Up
Team Captains will pick up team packets at The Beach House Resort from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

February 27th:  2nd Annual Hood To Coast Hilton Head! 

Course Maps

*Updated 1/9: Minor updates to Leg 5

FAQs

Race Questions

Hood To Coast Hilton Head has been sparked by the overwhelming popularity of Hood & Portland To Coast Relays, which is known as The Mother of All Relays. HTC is the largest relay in the world, hosting a capped team limit for the past 26 years, and has filled on “Opening Day” of registration for the past 19 years! We created Hood To Coast Hilton Head to give hopeful participants another opportunity to take part in a Hood To Coast relay event. In 2021, the race will be capped at 250 teams.

Hood To Coast Hilton Head Walk Relay will begin at Exchange 4 and be 8 legs.

The race both begins and ends at the amazing Beach House Resort.

Flights to Hilton Head Island

The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is about 45 miles (72km) south of the Island just over the Georgia border in Savannah, GA and offers many non-stop flights to and from major U.S. cities. Hilton Head Airport is located approximately 5 miles (8km) from all Hilton Head Island resorts and offers non-stop and connecting flights to and from Charlotte, NC.

The race spans 58.5 miles, from the Beach House Resort, around the island of Hilton Head and finishing on the beach at the Beach House Resort.

The race consists of twelve (12) Legs. Find the Course Maps here.

Think of Hood To Coast as a brand, a style, and a personality that has been created by our spirited participants from all over the world. All 50 U.S. states and 43 countries participate and in Hood To Coast Relay, and it is the unique participants that have truly made Hood To Coast a brand that is recognized worldwide. Our relays may not always have a Mt. Hood, Hood Canal, or beach, but they will embody the spirit of the Hood To Coast participants whether we are in Oregon, Washington, Texas, China, or Israel. We are Hood To Coast!

Each Leg ranges in distance from 3 to 9 miles. Legs vary in difficulty, from easy to very hard, due to the varying distances and terrain.

The race start times begin at 5:30am on Saturday at Beach House Resort and continue in waves throughout the morning until 7:45am.

No volunteers are required for HTC Hilton Head, just come out and have fun. If your organization is interested in providing volunteers for race exchanges, we would LOVE to have them! Please contact us via email at office@htcrelay.com

Team Questions

Each team consists of four (4) to six (6) members.

Please look at the categories below and find which one applies to your team. For MIXED teams, teams must be made up of AT LEAST half women (ex. 6 person team must have 3 women to be classified as MIXED, if there are less than half women, the team will fall under the MEN’S category)

  • MEN’S OPEN – Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • MEN’S SUBMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • MEN’S MASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • MEN’S SUPERMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 50
  • WOMEN’S OPEN – Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • WOMEN’S SUBMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • WOMEN’S MASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • WOMEN’S SUPERMASTERS – Minimum age of all runners is 50
  • MIXED OPEN – At least half women. Any age, at least one runner under 30
  • MIXED SUBMASTERS – At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 30
  • MIXED MASTERS – At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 40
  • MIXED SUPERMASTERS- At least half women. Minimum age of all runners is 50

Registration Questions

Visit the HTC Hilton Head Registration Page. It is not necessary to have all members of your team by registration time.

Captains will complete the online registration form and pay the registration fee by credit card online. The relay will be limited to the first 250 teams.

Other questions

Friday, February 26th 

Beach House Resort
4:00pm – 7:00pm
1 S. Forest Beach Dr.
Hilton Head, SC 29928

*Teams that are unable to attend packet pickup will get their packets at the start line.

 

Bags/Packets include:

· Nike Men’s and Women’s Size Race Shirts

· Race Bib Numbers and Van Signs

· Start Times

· Goodies from sponsors!

·  Batons will be issued at the start lines.

As a Hood To Coast Registrant, The Beach House Resort is offering to extend exclusive Hood To Coast pricing to all registrants the week of the Hood To Coast Hilton Head Relay race.

Click HERE and use code HCR Or call 855-433-0341 for reservations.

Yes! Check out the new HTC Training Team, presented by ActiveEDGE Wellness Center in West Linn, OR. Whether you are a veteran runner/walker, or you are looking to run/walk your first 5K , the HTC Training Team will provide the support and training to achieve your ultimate goals. ActiveEDGE Personal Trainer and Running Coach Willee Broberg will guide you every step of the way, while being supported by ActiveEDGE Physical Therapists, Dieticians, and Athletic Trainers. Click here to learn more and register! http://www.activeedgewellness.com/htc-training-team/

About Hilton Head Island, SC

Hood To Coast is thrilled to be bringing The Mother of All Relays to Hilton Head. Perhaps you’re a first-time visitor to Hilton Head Island. Or, maybe you’ve spent so much time in the Lowcountry it feels like your second home. Either way, Hilton Head Island is a magical place.

With one of the top 10 family beaches in the U.S., an array of world-class golf courses, abundant natural beauty and a spirit you won’t find anywhere else, Hilton Head Island offers a relaxing, laid-back and welcoming vibe that makes it a perfect vacation destination. There’s something marvelously different about the relaxed, warm and welcoming vibe found on Hilton Head Island. It’s the Lowcountry way of life – and it’s what makes Hilton Head Island one of the best family destinations for your next vacation.

Learn more about Hilton Head Island

Island Activities

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Beach House Resort

Hit the Links

Aptly known as “The Golf Island,”, Hilton Head Island is one of the best places to play golf on the East Coast. From the enviable coastal lookouts to the oak tree-lined fairways, Hilton Head is a golfer’s paradise. All of the biggest names in course design reside here (Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman. Willard Byrd and more).

Live Music at Tiki Hut

Equal parts local hideaway and the place to be, Tiki Hut offers 365 days of live music a year, with two different acts per day. In a given week, these musical acts vary from reggae and funk to country and top 40 cover bands. Guests and beachcombers alike enjoy daily live music, beach front dining, drinks, and beach volleyball.

Explore Harbour Town

Home to the iconic candy cane-striped lighthouse, historic Harbour Town offers an array of local shops, delicious restaurants, extravagant yachts, gorgeous vacation rental properties, and championship golf courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links, Host of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage Open.

Zip Line & Aerial Adventures

Soar high on eight ziplines to heights of 75 feet, swing on swaying bridges and an aerial staircase. Interconnected by platforms, the course builds in excitement, leading up to the 900-foot dual cable zipline finale. The Aerial Adventure features 50 in-the-tree challenge activities on six courses ranging from easy to difficult as you cross swinging bridges, skateboard ziplines, jump through hoops, and climb a series of obstacles.

Horseback Riding

Lawton Stables offers a variety of trail rides, pony rides, and visits to the animal farm for all abilities. This unique equestrian destination provides a safe and fun environment for all ages to enjoy the horses, farm animals, and the surrounding landscape.

Ride a Bike

Hilton Head Island offers over 60-miles of multi-use bike trails perfect for exploring the island. There are nearly 30 bicycle rental shops offering over 15,000 bicycles for rent! If you’re looking to ride with a group, local biking clubs coordinate weekly rides for bikers of all levels.

Off the Hook Fishing

Fishing enthusiasts will be in heaven as they fish the beautiful inshore and offshore waters of the Lowcountry with Captain Brian Vaughn. With 25 years of guiding experience, allow Vaughn to guide you along the waters of the Atlantic Ocean for redfish, speckled trout, sheeps head, flounders and even sharks this fall.

Recreational Watersports

Believe it or not, temperatures remain in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s year round – making Hilton Head Island the perfect place for watersports. Choose your adventure on kayak, stand up paddleboard, jet ski or parasail, and get out to explore the water. Marine adventures await you with H2O Sports.

Helicopter Tours

Take to the sky with Hilton Head Helicopter Tours and see the island from a whole new perspective. Guests may customize their helicopter experience based on their areas of interest. Our preferred outfitters also provide advanced flight instruction for those looking to take to the sky themselves.

Lodging

As a Hood To Coast Registrant, The Beach House Resort is offering to extend exclusive Hood To Coast pricing to all registrants the week of the Hood To Coast Hilton Head Relay race.

Click HERE  Or call 855-433-0341 for reservations.

Beach House Resort

Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

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Other Sponsors

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Volunteers

We look forward to partnering with other local organizations to support Hood To Coast Hilton Head participants. We will be seeking volunteers for race exchanges and water stops. If interested, please contact us via email at office@htcrelay.com

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