Each year the relay ends at the hosting university, therefore the start line will be near University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. The 52 mile route is divided into 25 legs of approximately two miles each. Teams of up to five runners take turns running the legs and handing off the baton and the marked exchanges.
When teams sign up for the relay, they choose to be in the competitive or non-competitive division. Both divisions mostly follow the same rules of the race (for safety and organizational reasons), however, while the competitive division’s team have to maintain their chosen rotation of runners, in the non-competitive division runners can take turns in whichever order they would like to match the team-members’ running strengths.
The race is capped at 75 teams, but in the past several years less than 50 teams have participated. Early registration for the race is open until mid-September, at which point there is a price increase. Registration closes two weeks before the race. The race is a “self supported” event with no water or aid stations along the way, and the course is open to traffic the entire time.
Oregon Civil War Relay details:
When: December 7th, 2014
Where: Eugene to Corvallis
Registration: Closed for this year; Five runner team pays $290 during early registration.