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Relay Division

2- or 4-Person Relay

You don't have to do an entire half marathon to participate — teams of 2 or 4 can run the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run as a relay, going about half or quarter of the distance instead. And each relay member still receives a finisher's medal!

Shuttle buses will be available to take relay runners to the exchange points and to the finish, free of charge. If you plan to drive, please note vehicle access and restrictions.

Leg Descriptions

The exchange zones will be marked by sawhorse barricades on race day. See Interactive course map for reference.

  • Leg 1: 5.75km
    Start to top of Veterans (near Hwy). Gentle ups and downs. Easy to Medium.
  • Leg 2: 5.25km
    Veterans to Lower Road at Joe Road. Flat, then big downhill followed by gently undulating, net downhill. Easy.
  • Leg 3: 4.17km
    Lower Road at Joe Road to Marlene Road at Kraus Road (NEW END LOCATION). Long gentle downhill and flat, then gradual climbing, one short downhill section, finishing on a short steep uphill. Medium.
  • Leg 4: 5.93km
    Marlene at Kraus (NEW START LOCATION) to Finish. Uphill on Marlene, flat for a bit, slight incline, then big downhill and flat. Easy to Medium.


How to get to the Exchange Points

See Interactive course map. The relay exchanges are marked with little notepads.

DO NOT DRIVE ON THE RACE ROUTE except where it follows the highway. Absolutely no relay team vehicles allowed along Lower Road, Beach Avenue or Marlene Road. There is alternative access to each exchange. Look for signs on the highway saying "EXCH 1" etc. Leave the start area before 9:15am or you will be blocked by runners crossing the highway.

  • Exchange 1 (end of leg 1): on Veterans Road near Hwy 101

    Leave before the race starts or you'll be stuck waiting for the race participants to cross the highway at Payne/Pratt! From the Community Centre, go left down Park Rd and turn right onto the highway. Approx 400m beyond the IGA mall, turn left into Hough Road (where PaceSetter Athletic is) and park in the parking lot there. It's a short walk along Carmen Road (frontage road) to Veterans and the exchange.

    Parking for relay exchange 1

    Shuttle bus drops off and picks up on the highway at Veterans. Cross carefully!

    Warm-up run route: the other side of Carmen Road (west of Veterans). Follow it around to the left, go to the end of the road and back as many times as needed.

    When leaving, exit from Hough Road back onto the highway. You could also park on the side of Carmen Road, as there's access from Hough Road (there's a bit of a dip at the beginning, so go slowly). Don't cross Veterans. If you park on the other half of Carmen Road you won't be able to exit once the runners arrive. Do not drive down or park on Veterans.

  • Exchange 2 (end of leg 2): Lower Road near Joe Road

    To access this exchange, continue along the highway all the way to Joe Road (DO NOT turn left onto Lower Road, the race route). When you pass Maskell Road, Joe is the next road. Turn left on Joe and proceed nearly to the bottom. Park on Joe before you get to the end. DO NOT drive or park on Lower Road (race route). Click map for interactive version. The exchange point is to your left (downhill) on Lower Road, in the mailbox pullout.

    Access and parking for relay exchange 2

    Shuttle bus drops off and picks up on the highway at Joe. Cross carefully! It's ~600m from the highway to the exchange.

    Suggested warm-up run route as shown on map: Joe Road to Miles Road, run out and back on Miles as many times as needed.

    When leaving, go back up Joe Road to the highway and turn left towards Sechelt.

  • Exchange 3 (end of leg 3): Marlene Road at Kraus Road (NEW)

    Continue along the highway towards Sechelt for approximately 5km. Turn left at the traffic lights at Roberts Creek Road. Turn right onto Kraus Road which goes through to Marlene Road. Park on the shoulder on Kraus, being careful not to block any driveways. DO NOT drive or park on Marlene Road (race route). Click map for interactive version.

    Access and parking for relay exchange 3

    Shuttle bus drops off and picks up on the highway at Marlene. Cross carefully! It's ~530m from the highway to the exchange. On Marlene, walk single file on the same (west) side as the runners, on the gravel verge.

    Suggested warm-up route as shown on map: out and back on Kraus or add Mossy Rock (short way down Roberts Creek Road).

    When leaving, go back up Kraus the way you came, turn left on Roberts Creek Road, then left at the lights onto the highway.

  • Finish: Mission Point Park

    Continue towards Sechelt on the highway. You are now on the race route (allowed). At Davis Bay, there may be parking spaces available at Brookman Park just before the finish (on the right); if not, drive past the finish area to the beach parking lot, or turn right on Whitaker to park on side streets. Use the crosswalk at Westley or Mission Point Park to get across the highway safely. No parking on the highway within 100m of Mission Point Park.


Relay Rules

  • Only the final runner may go through the finish line. Teammates must not enter the finish chute or you could mess up the results!
  • Exchanges are made by touching hands at the exchange zones, which are marked with sawhorse barricades, located on the verge or in a pull-out. Be careful not to get in the way of half marathoners; stay off the road when waiting for your teammate. When finishing your leg, run on the left side of the shoulder so you can easily access the exchange point without crossing the paths of half marathoners.

  • An individual half-marathon entrant cannot run a leg for a relay team. It's one or the other.
  • A person may not run for more than one relay team.
  • Relay teams cannot use the early start except with special permission from the race director.
  • Each relay team will have a single race kit at packet pickup, labelled by team name.
  • Each relay team member must wear a bib #, clearly visible on the front.
  • There is ONE timing chip bib per team. This bib (with 'Last Runner' sticker on the front) must be worn by the last runner (the one finishing the relay).
  • 2-Person teams may run the 4 legs in any order they wish — as long as you each run 2 legs. Alternating, two and two, or a 'sandwich' — it's up to you!
  • If you are the final runner, mention to the finisher medal volunteer that you are on a relay team so you can get the right number of medals for your team — tell the volunteer 2 or 4.
  • Only the final runner may go through the finish line. We're repeating this because at least one team ignored this rule in 2019. We have photographic evidence... big brother is watching!


Relay Registration Help

Instructions for Team Captains on the Trackie site:

You create a relay team first, then invite your teammates (and yourself) to register via a special link. Each member can be invited to join, and can pay for their own registration.

Each member pays the fee that applies at the time they make their payment. So you could get the early rate while a procrastinating teammate pays the late fee.

  1. Create your team here. Use a unique team name! There's a link to the confirmation list so you can see what names have been used already. After creating the team (no charge) you'll be provided with a personalized link for registering the relay team members (including yourself). An 'edit' link will also be provided in case you need to change your relay type or other info.
  2. Use your personalized link to register yourself on the team.
  3. Invite your teammates to join your relay by sharing the personalized link with them (via email or text etc).

IMPORTANT! All team members (2 or 4) must be registered before online registration closes, or there will be no race kit ready at packet pickup.

If any team members need to complete or edit their entries, they can follow these steps:

  1. Create an account or login here (must be same email used when registering)
  2. Once logged in, if the “GETTING STARTED” window comes up just close it. Then make sure the “FILTER BY” is set to “Events Attending” and “Upcoming”.
  3. Click on “Manage” and “Edit Entries” to the left of 'RELAY - BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool's Run presented by Coast Cable'.

If you have any issues editing your entry contact for assistance.

Instructions for Team Captains on the Running Room site:

The Running Room registration system treats the relay as a single entry. You must enter the information for each team member and pay the total team fee on one credit card at time of registration. Don't forget to check both confirmation lists (Trackie and RR) to make sure you are creating a unique team name.


Relay Awards

Awards will be given to the top three 2-person relays in each category and top two 4-person relays in each category. Categories are based on gender only: Men/Mixed (at least one male) and Women (all females).


Would you like to do the relay but don't have a team?

Send a message to with your basic information (name, estimated pace, email and telephone) and we will put you in touch with others looking for teammates.

"The route was beautiful. My husband and I participated in the relay and we can only hope that more organizers see how much fun a relay event is. The start line was convenient to the hotel, and the finish line can't be beat — who doesn't love a beach???!!! Oh, and before I forget, the shirts are the best we've seen. Thanks for making our weekend away fun and exciting!" — Cheryl Ennis, Maple Ridge (2010)


the big downhill