TEAM ILP @ THE RELAY
ILP @ The Relay
May 6 th - May 7th 2017
Come join California's Longest Party!
199 miles, 12 enthusiastic runners, 24 strong feet, 36 scenic legs 30 hours of non-stop FUN!!!
128 miles, 12 enthusiastic walkers, 24 strong feet, 24 scenic legs 30 hours of non-stop FUN!!!
Team ILP infuses the fun of accomplishment as a group into a solitary pursuit such as running/walking and draws upon the collective will of the group to bring about lasting social change in India.
The Relay is America's Second Largest Relay. From the Calistoga Mineral Water Company in Napa Valley to Davenport, near the Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, "California's Longest Party" relays the message on donation through Organs 'R' Us. Teams of 12 travel 200 miles through Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Sausalito, San Francisco, the heart of Silicon Valley across the Golden Gate Bridge to Davenport. The course is divided into 36 segments called "Legs" with 84 turns. Each member of the team is pre-assigned 3 legs of the relay. The legs vary in distances (between 3 to 8.9 miles) and level of difficulty (Easy to Very Hard). The date of The Relay varies each year to provide moonlight for course lighting. For 2017, The Relay will be held on May 6th and 7th.
Runners travel 200 miles and walkers travel 129 miles on shoulders of roads or sidewalks, 4 miles on five bicycle paths, 3 miles through two vineyards, 1 mile across a ranch and 1 mile through a quarry. Nine legs have ocean views and five legs border reservoirs. Runners of the relay team take turns to cover the 36 legs according to the pre-assigned sequence. Walkers take turn to cover the 24 legs. For example Runner #1 will cover legs 1, 13 & 25, Runner #2 legs 2, 14& 26 and so on. Runner #12 will cover Legs 12, 24 & 36. For more information on each of the legs, visit http://www.therelay.com
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAM
Coordinated by experienced runners/walkers
Many of the Team ILP members have completed a marathon before. The coordinating team will also bring in outside experts to provide tips on good running techniques, stretching tips, warm-up and cool-down routines, picking the right shoes and such other details that go into injury-free running and walking.
Team building, Community Awareness and Fund Raising: All-in-one!
A few of the past year's relay team members have gone to become more involved in the cause of literacy and have taken on leadership roles in ILP. Fundraising target kept at a very achievable $550/runner (compared to as high as $3000 in some marathon training programs). This we feel lets the participants easily reach the goal and concentrate on having fun and training without being distracted by a high fundraising burden. Last year most participants exceeded this target with some participants hitting the $3000 watermark.
Prepare beginners for the next level
Due to the nature of the relay (3 legs at an average distance of 5.5miles/leg within a 30hr period) and the nature of the course, the training is geared towards intermediate distance running, hill running and back-to-back runs rather than very long distance running. That said, the training program will also prepare runners to complete a half-marathon by the end of summer. A few of the past years’ relay team members built on the relay training program and went on to complete marathons.
Focus is on basics of good, injury-free running
This program is a good launching pad for runners contemplating running marathons in the future. The idea behind the program is to trigger the passion for running as a fitness activity as well as provide a forum for groups of people to come together to effect a positive change in the lives of millions of underprivileged in India.
WHAT CAN A RUNNER/WALKER EXPECT FROM Team ILP
- A training calendar geared towards the Relay
- Tips on injury-free running from experienced runners
- Weekend and Weekday Group Runs
- Logistical support such as Team Registration, travel to, during and from the Relay (Vans, Van Drivers etc.,)
- The costs associated with team registration, van rentals, equipment etc., will be borne by the Team ILP Relay program
- A fun atmosphere and a memorable experience
WHAT DOES A RUNNER/WALKER COMMIT TO
- Train religiously to complete the Relay
- Participate and complete the relay along with your team members
- Have fun doing so
- Raise $550 in pledges to support projects funded by ILP
For more information please email the Team ILP Leads
WHY DO I HAVE TO SIGN THE COMMIT FORM?
Your signing the commitment form is the first step in joining Team ILP.This lets us accurately assess number of runners we have and how many teams we can field. Since ILP will be making an upfront financial commitment by registering teams for the relay (entry fee of $960 borne by ILP), it is important for us to have signed commitment forms from the runners.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO RUN THE RELAY DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER SIGNING THE COMMITMENT FORM?
Team ILP will make a good faith effort to recruit backup runners to take the place of runners who are unable to run the relay. Runners who have signed the commitment forms will still be required to fulfill their fundraising commitments. The pledges raised can be carried over to the next year and runners can run the relay next year, if they are so inclined and able.
WILL DONORS WHO CONTRIBUTE TO MY PLEDGE DRIVE GET RECEIPTS?
ILP is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. All donors will get a receipt from ILP for the amount they registered. Receipts will typically reach donors within 1 month after ILP receives the donation.
I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING TEAM ILP BUT ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE RUNNING PART. CAN THEY STILL HELP?
Friends who are not interested in running but still want to support Team ILP can do so by
(1) volunteering for weekend group run logistics support
(2) volunteering over the relay weekend to man relay exchange points
(3) volunteering to drive the team vans over the relay weekend.