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The Great American Relay

Published on September 7, 2021

The Great American Relay begins in Boston on September 11th, 2021. 415 stages across 18 states and over 3,500 miles and 38 days later, it ends at the Santa Monica Pier.

The Great American Relay is set to start at 8:46am on Saturday, September 11th – the same time that the original World Trade Center was struck by a hijacked commercial airliner 20 years ago. The Relay will commemorate the 20 year anniversary of 9/11 and raise money for first responders and military who continue to keep us safe every day.

Join in on the relay and help get the baton across the state you live in. Each stage has only 1 lead runner that carries the baton and up to 10 support runners. You can also sign up to run virtually and still support the cause. Each stage has a designated start time of 6AM besides the first day. There is a total of 415 stages with a specific start and end location. There are still many spots to be filled along the course – find out which stage is closest to you and sign up to run today. All runners get a Great American Relay running singlet. Lead runners get red batons; support and virtual runners get green batons.

If you’re not a runner, you can also volunteer to help during the relay or donate to their charities of choice, including C.O.P.S., Green Beret Foundation, and Firefighter 5.

Follow along with the relay and stay up to date on the Great American Relay Facebook page and Instagram.