Race Info

What can you expect?

Quite simply, you will have the experience of your lives and the stories to go along with it! You can also expect:

  • One (1) pair of Brooks Running shoes for each team captain
  • A long-sleeved tech shirt for each team member
  • A goody bag for each team member
  • A finisher’s medal for each team member
  • Race bib for each team member
  • A post-race party in Cumberland, MD to celebrate your accomplishment
  • A team race bracelet (your relay baton!)
  • Getting to break the finisher tape as a team
  • 150 miles of scenic trail150 miles of logistics planned for you, including 23 exchange zones and vehicle turn-by-turn directions
  • Team awards;Games and contests
  • Food and non-alcoholic drinks at some exchange zones
  • Hundreds of volunteers’ and P3R team members’ efforts to host an amazing event.

 

NEW for 2021! 

Are you looking for more of a one-day adventure? We’ve got you. Grab a friend (or 3!) and tackle the 60-mile relay starting in Confluence, PA.

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Are YOU running the GAP Relay presented by UPMC Health Plan this year? Share these images on your social media channels and tag us so we can cheer you on!

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2021 GAP Relay Scavenger Hunt

 

How to Play:

1) Have team members post to their public Instagram accounts each item on the hunt. Only one team member needs to post a photo, but it doesn't need to be the same team member each time.
2) If you do not have a public account, you can screenshot your posts and email them to info@p3r.org for entry.
3) Tag @RunwithP3R and use #GAPRelay and #(YourTeamName) in all posts for it to count, plus any specifically stated tags in posts.

How to Win:

Every team that completes the items wins the prizes along the way! Complete all ten items and your team will be entered to win a FREE team registration at the 2022 GAP Relay Presented by UPMC Health Plan.

Download the GAP Relay hunt HERE!

2021 GAP Challenge Scavenger Hunt

 

How to Play:

1) Post each number on your public Instagram account tagging @RunwithP3R and use #GAPRelayChallenge in all posts for it to count, plus any specifically stated tags in the hunt.
2) If you do not have a public account, you can screenshot your posts and email them to info@p3r.org for entry.


How to Win:

Everyone has the chance to win prizes along the way as you complete the items! Complete all ten items and you will be entered to win a FREE pair of Brooks shoes.

Download the GAP Challenge hunt HERE!

Gather your best running friends and join P3R for an unforgettable adventure along the Great Allegheny Passage. Trust us, you do NOT want to miss this one.

Interactive Course Map

Click here to review the 2021 GAP Relay course map.

ICYMI, we're starting in Pittsburgh, PA and ending in Cumberland, MD this year — and we added a one-day 60-mile Saturday Relay option starting in Confluence.

Safety & COVID Protocols

Safety first! 

You'll need specific items to make sure you and your teammates are as safe as possible, including (but not limited to):

  • Flashlights and/or headlamps
  • Reflective vests
  • LED tail lights

We'll let you know when we get closer to the race how many of each item you need, as well as any other safety-related info you need. 

 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

We have been working closely with our partners at UPMC to ensure that all of our participants are safe while participating in another one of our in-person events after more than a year of virtual running. Out of an abundance of caution, all P3R staff members will be wearing a face mask throughout the entirety of the multi-day event. We highly encourage our runners to not only practice social distancing when possible, but to also wear a mask when in your vehicles and around other teams, staff, and volunteers. At this time, there are currently no mask mandates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, or any counties along the course. We will be sure to communicate any changes if any are to arise.  

Here are a few tips to enhance your safety when participating in the GAP Relay:

  • Wear a mask when you are in your vehicles and while around other participants, staff members, and volunteers.
  • Clean your hands often and be sure to pack individual bottles of hand sanitizer for each member of your team. It never hurts to have extra!
  • Do not spend unnecessary time in your vehicles with your teammates. Get some fresh air!
  • Do not share any food or liquids with anyone. 
  • Bring individually wrapped snacks to fuel up with along the way.
Vans/Vehicles

Teams are responsible for providing their own vehicles.

Running the full 150 miles with a team of 6 or 8? You're going to need two vehicles to get you to your assigned exchange zones.  

Running the full 150 miles with a team of 4? You can get through the race with one vehicle.

Running the one-day 60-mile Adventure race? You'll only need to worry about one vehicle (only one is permitted).

We recommend you use passenger vans (large sedans or SUVs are also great) as opposed to smaller cars. Remember, you're going to be in the vehicle for an extended period of time, so you want to be comfortable and have enough space for all of your stuff!

Rules:

  • Seatbelts must be available for all passengers
  • Vehicles must adhere to all applicable safety laws
  • No vehicles wider than 6'6" and/or longer than 20'
  • No motor-homes, RVs, campers, trailers, busses, and/or limos

We know what you're thinking: can we have a driver who's not running? Yep - you sure can. He or she will need to officially register as a driver for your team.

How it Works

It's a 150-mile adventure relay starting in Pittsburgh, PA. Your team of eight, six, or four running buddies will start on Friday evening and run through the night along the Great Allegheny Passage. You'll end the race in Cumberland, MD on Saturday, October 16 and celebrate your victory (you did just run 150 miles, afterall) at the post-race party at Dig Deep Brewing Co.

New for 2021: a one-day 60-mile option for teams of two or four on Saturday only! Runners will start the race in Confluence, PA on Saturday morning and relay to Cumberland, MD where they'll join the rest of the teams at the post-race party. Spots are limited for this option, so register early! 

Lodging

You're going to be tired after running 150 or 60 miles. There are still plenty of places to stay in Cumberland, MD! 

Team Options

150-Mile Race from Pittsburgh to Cumberland (October 15-16, 2021):

  • 8-Person Team (3 legs each)
  • 6-Person Team (4 legs each)
  • 4-Person Team (6 legs each)

60-Mile Race from Confluence to Cumberland (October 16, 2021): 

  • 4-Person Team (2-3 legs each)
  • 2-Person Team (4-5 legs each)

Please note: all GAP Relay participants must be at least 13 years old by October 15, 2021. Any participant younger than 18 years old must have a waiver signed by his or her guardian and must be accompanied by someone at least 25 years old in the vehicle (this person can be another member of the team).