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COURSE INFORMATION

THE GOLDEN GATE RELAY COURSE INCLUDES MANY TOURIST DESTINATIONS.
Teams of 12 travel through Napa Valley, Sonoma, Marin, Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge near midnight, San Francisco, Stanford and Silicon Valley to Santa Cruz.

COURSE CHANGES. Captains may login to view start location/estimated pace.
New county road restrictions have mandated:
1. There is "no van support" in Napa (Legs 1-8) or Santa Cruz (Legs 31-34) Counties, meaning vans must drive to the next exchange without stopping or slowing.
2. Teams faster than 22 hours/190 miles will start in Calistoga (Exchange 0) and run 36 legs.
3. Teams slower than 22 hours/190 miles will start in Napa (Exchange 6) and run 30 legs with an option to run 36. On a team of 12, 6 runners will run 3 legs each and 6 runners will run 2 legs. Runners assigned 2 legs have the option to run a 3rd leg together with the leg 18 runner across the Golden Gate Bridge. On a team of 10, each runner will run 3 legs. Several teams of 6 have elected to run 5 legs each.
4. Competitive teams (those trying to win a division) running 30 legs must have a minimum of 5 members run together on leg 18 across the Golden Gate Bridge. Non-competitive teams have the option of 5 or 6 members run leg 18 together.
5. Calistoga and Napa start teams will register in Napa at Exchange 6.
6. Teams requesting 2 legs/runner will start in Marin (Exchange 12) and run 126 miles.

Exchange 10 is at Green String Farm, 3571 Old Adobe Rd, Petaluma.
Due to the Skyline Blvd. closure (opening in 2018), see Leg 23 Van Bridge (used 2011-2016).
Exchange 35 is at 2329 Empire Grade Rd., Santa Cruz.
Finish is on Barry Swenson Builder property, Delaware Ave. at Shaffer Rd., Santa Cruz.

CAUTION - THINK SAFETY
Run on the Right with traffic except Legs 1, 18. Obey traffic laws: stop at red lights and cross roads in crosswalks or intersections. There are no road closures, traffic control or aid stations.

COURSE TRIVIA
The course is divided into 36 segments called "Legs" with 75 turns (36 left, 39 right). Legs vary in length (3-8 miles) and difficulty ("Easy" to "Very Hard"). Runners travel 186 miles on shoulders of roads, 4 miles on five bicycle paths (Legs 6, 17, 21, 26) and 1 mile through a quarry (Leg 35). Eight legs have ocean views (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, 36) and five legs border reservoirs (13, 22, 23, 24, 28).

TRIMBLE NAVIGATION PROVIDED GPS SATELLITE MAPPING.
From 24 satellites, 32,000 positions were recorded to generate maps.

FOR WEATHER UPDATES, CHECK NBC 11.
Spring in the Bay Area is dry and warm with light fog. Runners travel through Napa Valley during the day, Sonoma in late afternoon, Marin during evening, across the Golden Gate Bridge and through San Francisco after midnight (Legs 18-20 may be cold), through San Mateo and Santa Clara counties reaching Santa Cruz County by morning.

 
   
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