Marathon Relay

Race Day Schedule | Registration Fees | Awards | Course | Course Time Limit | Amenities | Timing Info | Shuttle Buses to Relay Exchange | Parking at Relay PointsChanges in Team Members 

Sunday, September 20, 2020, 7:30am Start

The Marathon Relay will take teams of 3 or 4 runners on a 26.2 mile journey of the north side of the City of Rochester. They will traverse over four different bridges, with the historic Genesee River - and its breathtaking views - as a major highlight!

Race Day Schedule

5:00am - 7:00am Free shuttle buses from the the finish line at Frontier Field to the start line at Maplewood Park
5:30am - 7:15am Day of Registration & Packet Pick-Up located near the start line at Maplewood Park
7:30am Start time for the Rochester Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay
2:00pm Course closes

Registration Fees

*There are NO PROCESSING FEES when registering online!

By June 15, 2020 $185
June 16 - August 15 $205
 August 16 - September 22   $215 

Registration for the marathon relay is capped at 135 teams.

Referral Program: Participate in our Rochester Marathon referral program and earn cash back! After you register, share your personal referral link with friends & family and you can earn money off your registration fee. For every 3 people that register using your personal referral code, you will get a $15 refund (max of $45).  It's super easy, and there's nothing to lose!


Awards will be presented to the marathon relay team finishing first in each of the categories:

  • Male Open
  • Female Open
  • Mixed Open
  • Male Masters*
  • Female Masters*
  • Mixed Masters*

*Each runner must be 40 or over to qualify as a Masters Team. There will be no duplication of awards.


The Marathon Relay course is the same as the marathon course. Participants must have a minimum of three or a maximum of four runners per team. Distances covered by each relay runner differ. If a team consists of three members, one member will be required to run two relay leg distances (they can be consecutive legs, but don't have to be).

1st Leg – Start Line to O’Rorke Bridge (approx. 5.5 miles)
2nd Leg – O’Rorke Bridge to Maplewood Drive, by the Start Line (approx. 6.5 miles)
3rd Leg – Maplewood Drive, by the Start Line to O’Rorke Bridge (approx. 6.5 miles)
4th Leg – O’Rorke Bridge to Finish (approx. 8 miles)

Click here to view course maps and information.

Prepare yourself for overwhelming support from spectators and volunteers along the course - especially from the neighborhoods along St. Paul and the high school athletes powering you up Brewer Street Hill. Not to mention, the pure excitement of the crowds along Morrie Silver Way as you make your way to the finish line outside Frontier Field.

Course Time Limit

There is a 6.5 hour course limit.  Participants need to maintain a 15-minute/mile or less pace.  For teams, the 2nd Leg needs to be to Driving Park Avenue (approx Mile 11 1/2) by 10:30 am to be allowed to continue.  If they reach Driving Park after 10:30 am, they will continue straight towards the finish line.  In this situation, the 3rd & 4th Legs will not compete.  Click here to see a chart of what time you need to pass each mile by to keep up to pace.

2nd Cutoff - You must be at Relay Stop Thomas and Pattonwood by 12:05PM otherwise you will be removed from course.

The finish line will close at 2pm.


  • Gender Specific Brooks Long-Sleeve Technical Shirt. Sizing will be guaranteed to all participants registered by August 15. Anyone who registers on or after August 16 will still receive a gender specific Brooks long-sleeve technical shirt, however, sizing will be subject to current inventory.
  • Custom Race Bib. Participants who are registered by August 15 will have their name pre-printed on their bib.
  • Finishers Medal will be awarded to all finishers as they cross the finish line.
  • Post Race Party. There will be a live band and a fun, family zone with inflatable fun for the kids.
  • Drop Bags. Fleet Feet will be providing athlete drop bags at Packet Pick-Up/Marathon Expo. They will also be available on race day near the start line.
  • Fleet Feet Recovery Zone. Local chiropractors and massage therapists will be offering complimentary treatments after you cross the finish line.
  • Post Race Food. Participants will have access to plenty of post race food following their run.

Timing Information

Each Relay Team member will receive a bib with your team name on it.  None of these bibs will have the timing chip attached to it.  Your team will also receive ONE bib with the word “TIMING” on it.  This timing bib has a timing chip attached to the back and it will be attached to a belt.  This belt will have to be passed & worn by each member of the team while running their respective legs.  For example, if you are running “Leg 1”, you will wear the belt with the timing bib and after you are done with your leg, you will then pass it to your team member who is running “Leg 2”, etc.  Whoever is running the final leg needs to be wearing this belt to be sure that your team time registers at the finish line.

Shuttle Buses to Relay Exchange Points

Shuttle buses will be available to take you to the relay points and to pick up Relay runners and return them to Frontier Field. The pick-up location for the shuttle buses going to Relay points will be at the corner of Platt (Morrie Silver) & Plymouth Ave. (Please note that the shuttles going to the Start Line will be at Morrie Silver Way & Verona St). We ask that all runners are patient in terms of waiting for the shuttle buses to return you to Frontier Field.  The course must be navigated by the buses as safely as possible, so your patience will be greatly appreciated.  Shuttle buses will be provided to only participants that are wearing their race numbers.  No spectators will be allowed on these buses. Click here for the Relay Shuttle Bus Schedule

Each relay exchange point will have water available for Relay participants & porta-potties. 

Parking at Relay Exchange Points

The two Relay exchange points are at the O'Rorke Bridge and at Maplewood Park (in the same spot as the Start of the race).  Shuttle Buses from Frontier Field will be provided.  If Relay participants prefer to drive to their exchange or get dropped off, parking information for both locations are below. 

O'Rorke Bridge
The Relay area can be accessed from Marina Drive (off Pattonwood). Drive to the end of Marina and instead of turning left and going under the bridge, turn to the right and use the parking lot of Voyager Boat Sales. There will be no parking allowed under the bridge or by the docks. Volunteers will be there to assist you with where it is safe to park. To see a detailed map of the O'Rorke Bridge Relay exchange, click here.

Maplewood Park (same spot as the Start line)

There will be no parking at the Start Line area (Maplewood Dr).  For this Relay spot, we highly encourage you to park at Frontier Field and take a shuttle bus to Maplewood Park. 

Changes in Team Members

You can switch Relay team members through August 31st for no charge. For any changes made September 1st or later, there will be a $10 administrative fee to make the change. All team members must fill out a registration form and sign the waiver before a change can be made.  All change requests must be made prior to September 11th - no exceptions.  To make a change, please click here.