015: Market to Market Relay | Ben Cohoon

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Market to Market Relay

The Market to Market Relay is the country’s premier day-long team running relay race. Currently, the Market to Market Relay is ran in three locations, Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio. The Market to Market Relay Nebraska is the largest day-long relay in the nation, as 600 teams cover 76 miles of trails, paved streets and gravel back roads through the diverse and scenic landscape from Omaha to Lincoln.

Unique, signature #running experiences for athletes of all ages and ability levels. @m2mrelay Click To Tweet

As runners, we sometimes take for granted what it takes to put on an event. There is a level of innovation, attention to detail and organization that it necessary to put on a successful race, such as selecting the location and course, securing all of the required city permits, getting landowner permission, setting up timing devices and training volunteers.

Pink Gorilla Events
Ben Cohoon is a Race Director and Co-Founder of Pink Gorilla Events, an independent event production company based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Several races from Pink Gorilla Events have received national exposure, such as The Leprechaun Chase 10K being named a Top Ten Bucket List Race for Costumes, One of the Most Spectator-Friendly Events and Race of the Month by Runner’s World Magazine. The Good Life Halfsy was named a Best Half Marathon for First Timers and the Market to Market Relay Nebraska was ranked as the 2nd Best Relay in the Nation by Outside Magazine.

Run the @M2Mrelay, the country’s premier day-long team #running relay race. Click To Tweet Ben talks about the planning, preparation and organization that goes into coordinating 500 volunteers, 50 vendors, 4500 runners and 50 property owners all at the same time to put on the largest day-long relay in the nation. His passion is to create unique, signature running experiences that appeal to runners of all ages and ability levels.

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Coordinate 500 volunteers, 50 vendors, 4500 runners and 50 property owners that all want your attention at the same time. @m2mrelay Click To Tweet

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

  • What it takes to be a race director
  • How to select the location and course for a race
  • Creating a culture around events
  • Getting a variety of permits from city officials
  • Contacting landowners, local groups and businesses
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