A combination of old and new made the 2nd Annual American Odyssey Relay in April a “one of a kind” experience for the 1500 runners (126 teams of 12 runners) -- and for the event organisers.  

The AOR once again provided a picturesque and historic 200-mile Gettysburg, PA to Washington,

DC course. One of the first-time features that runners really enjoyed was crossing the finish line in a new south west waterfront location and taking part in a fun-filled festival that included food & beverage.

As for the competitive aspect of this year’s race, there were actually two winners of sorts, again one old and one new.


The Bucknell Alumni Fossils successfully defended their title, coming in at 22 hours, 14 minutes.


The other “team” to emerge victorious was called “Doesn’t Play Well With Others,” an appropriate name for extreme runner Dane Rauschenberg, who ran the entire 200 miles himself over two full days.

The energy and enthusiasm of participants was evident even before the relay got under way.  There were two Washington, DC-area teams whose names earned them top honours – “Femme Feet-ale” and “The Not So Well Hung Jury.”.  The award for Best Decorated Van went to “Twisted Blister,” which had a Time-Out chair strapped to the roof with a list of van rules, the breaking of which would land one in the chair!  Finally, the Best T-shirt Design honours were awarded to the “Running Ramones,” who also won the award in 2009, and “The Troggs” with their “Wild Thing” theme.

The 2010 race attracted teams from 36 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.  As was the case last year, there was a healthy percentage of teams with military tie-ins, and several groups consisted of only six or nine runners, making the 36-leg course that much more challenging.  In fact, the winner of the Ultra category, 6 > 12, only consisted of five runners, when a last second injury sidelined the team’s sixth runner.

The AOR this year partnered with two charities, donating a portion of the event proceeds to each. The returning partner was The Wellness Community-DC, a non-profit making organisation that provides programmes and services to cancer patients and their families.  The first-time partner was Hope For The Warriors, which supports servicemen and the families of members of the military who were killed or injured in the line of duty.

The dates for the 2011 American Odyssey Relay are April 29 & 30.  In the meantime, organisers invite runners to also join them in running two upcoming events, the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay on June 4-5 and the Southern Odyssey Relay on October 8-9.


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