The Colonial200 Relay is a unique, overnight relay adventure in which you and 11 friends run 200 scenic miles through the heart of Virginia. The Colonial200 Relay begins in Albemarle County in central Virginia and finishes in historic Jamestown. Starting just north of Charlottesville in Preddy Creek Trail Park, the Colonial200 Relay will take you through the wine and horse country of central Virginia and near many of Virginia's most historic sites along the way.
Beginning near Charlottesville in central Virginia, the first flight of teams will start the 200 mile relay at 5:30 am on a Friday morning (April 20). Over the next several hours, additional sets of teams will depart on their overnight journey through central Virginia to Jamestown. Teams will begin arriving at Jamestown around noon on Saturday to conclude their Colonial200 Relay experience.
There are many opportunities for fun, history, and adventure along the course of the Colonial200 Relay. The beginning of the Colonial200 Relay takes you near Monticello and Montpelier as well as through the wine country of central Virginia. The finish is along the Capital Trail traveling into Williamsburg near some of the most famous plantations in Virginia (Shirley, Berkeley, and Sherwood Forest). Finishing across the street from the Jamestown Settlement, the Colonial200 Relay is a great way to see the rich history of Virginia. Once you have completed the Colonial200 Relay, you can finish your weekend off by visiting the many attractions in Colonial Williamsburg (including Busch Gardens).
Teams for the Colonial200 Relay are generally made up of 4 to 12 people who split 36 legs. For instance, each person of a 12 person relay team will run three legs over distances varying from 3 – 10 miles. Each team will provide support vans to drop off and pick up runners at designated exchange zones along the 200 mile route.
The Colonial200 Relay is great fun for everyone - you don't have to be an ultra runner to enjoy it. For a 12 person team the distances and training are similar to that of a half marathon.