For the first time, relay team entries will be capped for the Tussey Mountainback 50-Mile Relay and Ultramarathon on Oct. 11.
Only the first 75 teams to complete registration will be entered in the race. Last year, 89 relay teams ranging from two to eight runners completed the race, which has grown steadily since its inception in 2000.
“We want to optimize runners’ experience on the course, and that includes minimizing traffic wherever we can,” race director Mike Casper said.
Teams use a vehicle to transport runners between the twelve relay legs, and ultra runners, who complete the entire 50-mile course solo, may also use a support vehicle.
This year ultra runners will receive a discount for not using a support vehicle on the course. Casper said several runners have already chosen to take advantage of this option.
Casper said he expects the relay team cap will be met, but team slots are still available. Registration for both relay teams and ultra runners closes Sept. 27.