2020 Market to Market Relay Iowa Goes Virtual

After careful consideration we have decided that the 2020 Market to Market Relay Iowa will become a Virtual Relay. Read on to learn how it works.

The health and safety of our participants, staff and community is our top priority. Recent recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on 3/15/2020 placed restrictions on events and mass gatherings that occur within the 8 weeks following.

Because we have runners who were planning to travel to Iowa from around the Midwest, we don’t want to delay making and announcing this decision and details any longer than necessary.

We know that many of you have been training diligently as you looked forward to gathering for Iowa’s running road trip from Jefferson to Des Moines, so it took a lot of discussion (and a fair amount of heartache) for us to reach the conclusion that it was in everyone’s best interest to modify the day.

We know that during this unique time, staying active and reaching goals is important as ever. While this isn’t the relay we were all hoping for this year, we hope you enjoy achieving this common challenge with your teammates.

Our community is strong and resilient. We can and will get through this, together.


Virtual Relay Information

This year’s Market to Market Relay Iowa is going to be different than any that have come before it… and hopefully unlike any that come after it. 

You’ll knock out your legs on your own schedule while practicing social distancing and still receive your packet and SWAG.

Here’s how it works… 

Complete the Virtual Relay. All teammates will complete two legs of the virtual relay at locations of their choosing between April 13th and May 10th at 11:59pm. Leg one is 3 miles and leg two is 5 miles. These runs can be completed on different days. Each teammate will record their legs using the form below. Teams need to have at least 5 people complete the virtual relay to receive a team result and be eligible for division awards.

Consider joining the Pink Gorilla Events Strava club to stay active during this time, stay social and cheer on your fellow teammates and Market to Market Relay runners!

Packet and SWAG Delivery. Following the completion of the virtual relay window, each team member on the Final Roster will be mailed their packet and SWAG including their race shirt, bib, and other goodies.

Final Roster members who submit their virtual run will also receive the special edition 2020 M2M Relay Virtual Run Wood Finisher Medal. Division awards will be mailed to team captains.

Next Year. We are already making plans to make the 2021 Market to Market Relay the best yet. In accordance with this event’s rule book and policies, 2020 Team captains will receive a code for 25% off a 2021 Market to Market Relay registration and guaranteed entry.


All virtual relay results are available here

Below is a log sorted by team so captains and teammates know who has completed their legs. Make sure your teammates are staying safe, healthy, and active.

After the virtual relay is over, results will be updated with team results calculated based on average team paces. Remember, your team needs to have at least 5 people complete the virtual relay to receive a team result and be eligible for awards.

We know that for a lot of you, the crazy costumes are a big part of the relay day fun. If you’d like to participate in our virtual individual costume contest, email a photo of you in costume running your legs to ask@pinkgorillaevents.com. We’ll share the best costumes in the post-race results email for a Facebook vote contest to determine the winner.

All members of a 2020 Market to Market Relay Final Roster who complete the Virtual Relay will receive the new 2020 Market to Market Relay Iowa Virtual Run wood medal. This is a limited edition item so make sure your teammates get their run complete and earn this unique wood medal!


Q: What if we need to make a team member change?

A: After the Final Roster deadline of April 5th at 11:59pm, your Final Roster is locked. Only people on the Final Roster will receive packets and SWAG shipped to them after the virtual relay is over.

However, you may ask new runners who are not on your Final Roster to submit a virtual relay result which will count for your team after the Final Roster Deadline using the method above. Note: these supplemental team members will not be shipped packets or SWAG, but they will be able to order a finisher medal for $15. You might find this useful if your team needs additional members to reach the minimum of 5 virtual relay result submissions to be eligible for a team result and division awards. 

Q: When will packets and SWAG be shipped?

A: This will occur soon after the virtual relay window ends. We will get them delivered as soon as possible, but we ask for your patience as we navigate challenging times ahead in the running events industry.

Q: Can I get a refund?

A: Thank you for understanding that we are not able to issue refunds. As stated in the registration policy and agreements with all Pink Gorilla Events, all entry fee payments are final and non-refundable.

In the event of dangerous conditions (as created by the recent COVID-19 crisis), Pink Gorilla Events reserves the right to cancel the event in order to protect the safety and security of of event participants. In the event of such cancellations, we are not able to offer refunds.

In accordance with this event’s rule book and policies, 2020 team captains will receive a code for 25% off a 2021 Market to Market Relay registration and guaranteed entry. We understand and appreciate that this may disappoint some of you. The funds for the event have already been spent in preparation for race day. We are a small organization and commit financially to the expenses related to a race well in advance of it. We are trying to make the decisions that are best for participants, volunteers, and sponsors, while keeping our organization in a position to provide races in the future.

For additional information about this decision, please view this document.

Additional Questions?

We understand that you may have many questions about the event. We promise to keep this page updated with the most up-to-date information which should answer many of the questions you may have. If you still have questions, we’re here for you. You can also always email us at ask@pinkgorillaevents.com.

Thank you!

Thank you for understanding and supporting Pink Gorilla Events, and local running during these challenging times.