Relay Format

The Herd Relays consist of three separate loop courses following the beautiful singletrack trails and dirt roads of Big Sky Resort, each with their own character. Teams of 3 or 6 will complete all three of these courses 4 times each – for a total of 12 legs. All courses begin and end in the Big Sky Base Area where the Herd festivities will be cranking all day long.  The courses must be run in the correct order and each runner from your team must run a minimum of one leg. That’s it!

Team Categories 

Male:

  • 3 Person Team | All male
  • 6 Person Team | All male or 5 male and 1 female

Female:

  • 3 and 6 Person Teams | All female

Coed:

  • 3 Person Team | At least one female
  • 6 Person Team | At least two females

High School:

  • 3 and 6 Person Teams | Male, Female and Coed | All members must be enrolled in high school

Divisions for Awards

Open | Male, Female, Coed

  • 3 Person | Total team age does not exceed 120 years.
  • 6 Person | Total team age does not exceed 240 years.

Masters | Male, Female, Coed

  • 3 Person | Total team age equal to or greater than 120 years.
  • 6 Person | Total team age equal to or greater than 240 years.

High School | Male, Female, Coed

  • 3 Person | All members must be enrolled in high school.
  • 6 Person | All members must be enrolled in high school.

 3 Loops | 12 Legs:

  • There Herd Relays consist of  3 loops of various distance and character (Learn about the courses HERE.)
  • Each team must finish each loop four times for a total of 12 legs.
  • The loops must be run in the same order by all teams | Loop #1, loop #2, loop #3, repeated four times total.
  • Each team must complete all 12 legs to complete the race.

Who will run which leg and how many times?

  • No matter if you are on a 3 or 6 person team the only rule is that each team member must run at least one leg. The rest is up to you.  Is one of your team members a mountain goat?  Send her up the steepest route 4 times. Your teammate bonked on his first leg?  Send him back out there in a few hours. Are you here just for the party?  Run the shortest leg once and make your teammates do the rest. Remember, the Herd Relays are all about tactics. 

 

 Staggered Start Times based off of your team’s estimated finishing time: 

Teams who believe they will take longer to finish the relay will start first, while teams who hope to finish in a shorter amount of time will begin later in the morning. This means that the party will be cranking when your team finishes. 

Wave start options | Remember this is a challenging 50 Mile Course w/ 15,000 ft of climbing! It’s always better to estimate your team may take longer.

  • Teams that believe they will take 12-16 hours to complete the relay should choose to start in the 6:00 AM Wave
  • Teams that believe they will take less than 12 hours to complete the relay should choose to start in the 8:00 AM Wave
  • If your team is in the competing for overall or category awards then you must start in 8:00 AM Wave

*The Herd Relays course will close at 10:00 PM. This is a 16 hr cut off for those who start in the 6:00 AM wave. 

 

 

 

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