The First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay is home to the unique Finish-Together Relay. This event is a great way to enjoy and showcase your team’s training efforts.
Each member of a relay team will need to sign up for the event. The first team member to sign up will create the team name, become the team captain and pay for the team’s entry fee. Make sure your team member knows your team name so they can select it when registering.
Both team members will be given a bib and will be asked to share a chip that will be swapped at approximately the six-mile marker. The chip must be worn around your ankle for proper timing and will have a Velcro strap used to secure it in place. You and your partner will each have the same bib number. Be aware of what your bib number is as you approach the transition area, and look up for a sign relating to your number to help find your teammate.
1. Team member 1 (approximately 6 miles) should report to the start line.
2. Team member 2 (approximately 7 miles) should report to the relay exchange area on US 41 and 10th, which is walking distance from the start of the race.
- Signage will indicate where team member 2 should be positioned.
- Team member 2 will run the approximate remaining 6.8 miles and have the opportunity for team member 1 to join them at the same transition location to finish together the last .1 miles. Participants will not need to swap tags again, as they will be finishing together.
100 yards prior to the relay exchange you will see an arrow exchange sign. Please prepare early and stay to your right.
Team member 2 will be waiting in their area and will be the one to bend down and take the tag off of team member 1’s ankle and apply it to their own ankle. Once the chip is appropriately transferred, team member 2 is ready continue on the course. Water will be available for team member 1 at this point.
At the Finish Together meet-up area, team member 1 should wait to join team member 2. You DO NOT need to exchange chips again. It is strongly recommended that you join up and finish together to ensure you both receive your participant medals and have the opportunity to have your photo taken as you cross the finish line.