Get Prepared

Team Documents

Race Day Guide

Your team will receive printed copies of the Race Day Guide at Packet Pickup.

Rule Book

This is the mother lode. From the essential to the obscure, the Rule Book contains everything you need to know about the Market to Market Relay. All teams are to download a copy for their team vehicle.

Race Brief

This is your at-a-glance overview of the most important information in preparing for race day. Of course, the Race Guide and Rule Book reign supreme, but this is a great primer for all teammates to look over race week.

Packet Pickup

Advanced Pickup

Thursday, 9.16.2021
Lincoln | 5 PM – 8 PM

Pink Gorilla Events (Map)

3121 South 6th Street,

Suite C

Lincoln, NE 68502

Friday 9.17.2021
Omaha | 3 PM – 7 PM


Omaha, NE 68144


Race Day Pickup

Saturday, September 25, 2021 (Start Line Location Address)

Start Line | Starting at 4:30 AM



The Market to Market Relay will follow social distancing best practices to ensure that everyone involved is as safe as possible.

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Social Distancing

  • Event signage will promote safe social distancing practices including maintaining 6 feet of distance between other teams.
  • Waiting spots will be provided to aid in social distancing at restrooms. 
  • Personal responsibilities will be communicated to athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors prior to the event.


Cleaning and Sanitation

  • We will reduce touch points to minimize physical interactions and deploy frequent cleaning and sanitation.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event including packet pickup, higher traffic areas, and in and around portable toilets.
  • We will use increased safety and hygiene practices for staff and volunteers including use of masks, gloves and regular hand sanitization.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • All staff and volunteers will wear face covering at all times. 
  • In addition to social distancing measures, athletes are required to wear a face covering at the event anytime out of the van, while not running. 
  • Face masks will be provided to all participants in their packets.
  • Transparent plastic barriers will create separation at essential interaction points such as packet pickup. 

Screening and At-Risk Persons

  • Athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors will be asked to self-screen and stay home for any of the following reasons:
    • Have been in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the event.
    • Have experienced or been in contact with someone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms in the 14 days prior to the event.
    • Have a body temperature reading of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • All athletes and especially at-risk persons are encouraged to consult a physician prior to participating.


As a participant you play a critical role in keeping everyone safe and reducing the spread. Know your Athlete Responsibilities and follow them. If you are not able to follow them please DO NOT participate.

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Feel Sick? Stay Home

Athletes, staff, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors will be asked to self-screen and stay home for any of the following reasons:

  Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 21 days.

  Have experienced any of the following in the last 14 days:

  Known temperature of 100.4° F or higher

  Cough (excludes symptoms from preexisting conditions)

  Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing (excludes symptoms from preexisting conditions)

  Chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or recent loss of taste or smell

  Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

  •   All athletes and especially at-risk persons are encouraged to consult a physician prior to participating.
  •   Athletes that feel sick and stay home should contact your team captain that you will NOT be participating.
  •   Download the 1-Check App and use starting 2 weeks prior to event day https://www.unmc.edu/news.cfm?match=25626


  1. Maintain 6 Feet Distance

Practice Social Distancing:

  •   Reduce frequency, proximity and duration of contact with others.
  •   Maintain a distance of 6 feet whenever possible from other teams.
  •   Spectators are not allowed unless accompanying a participating minor.
  •   Remain in your vehicle whenever possible before and after race. Consider sending only your next runner and one teammate to the exchange point to reduce crowds. 
  •   Avoid congregating outside of your team vehicle(s).
  •   If your team has multiple vehicle(s) consider leap frogging exchange points so only half of your team is at a location.
  •   Use event tracking apps, phone tracking apps or text messaging to better understand where your runner is at to reduce crowding at exchanges.
  1. Wash Hands

Practice good personal hygiene:

  •   When available clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  •   Use hand sanitizer when needed. Bring your own personal sized bottle and carry it with you and use it frequently.


  1. Avoid Touching

Whenever possible, avoid physical contact with:

  •   Other people
  •   Touching your face
  •   Surfaces
  •   Items that are not your own


  1. Wear A Mask

Bring and wear a facemask. You will be required to wear a mask in the following situations:

  •   Any indoor buildings
  •   Anytime out of vehicle (if not running). This includes Start line, Exchange Points, and Finish line
  •   You will be provided with a mask in your packet. Please use it all day.
  •   Staff and volunteers will wear masks at all times.

 You DO NOT need to wear a mask in the following situations:

  •   While running
  1. Be Self-Reliant

Take the following steps to be self-sufficient for your race:

  •   Read race websites, written guides, emails, social media posts, policies and rules. Follow event signage and race official instructions on race day.
  •   Know the race course. Be aware of potential traffic.
  •   Know your start wave time.
  •   Carry your own water bottle or hydration vest on course. There will NOT be any water stations on the course.
  •   Follow our vehicle packing list and plan on bringing extra hand sanitizer and any additional Personal Protective Equipment you may want/need.
  •   Bring an extra facemask. 


  1. Teams

Captains lead your team to safety

  •   Make sure your teammates follow Athlete Responsibilities 1 to 6.
  •   Have all team members make a van pledge that they are not sick and have taken temperature before arriving.
  •   Keep each other accountable to following the rules. Especially wearing masks while not running.
  •   Drive your vehicle(s) with the windows down when possible.
  •   Consider wearing masks while in your team vehicle.
  •   Bring extra team supplies for staying clean ALL DAY.
  •   Have a chief cleaning officer on your team.
  •   Discuss how your team will help reduce crowding at Exchange Points (See Maintain 6 Feet Distance Section)

Race Day Quick Checklist

❏     Check temperature before arriving. Feel sick? Stay home.

❏     Plan on wearing your mask when not running. You will be required to wear your mask anytime out of your team vehicle.

❏     Bring hand sanitizer, mask, water bottle or vest, and nutrition.

❏     Know your starting wave and starting time. Know when to arrive.

❏     Read and understand the Athlete Responsibilities

Relay Training Plans

Pick the plan best for you, and share with your teammates!


Get your creative juices flowing and go for the glory of winning one of the team contests. Go epic with your costumes, trick out your team vehicle and then pull it all together with a catchy team name. Be the team that everyone remembers!

Best Team Costume Contest

The key to victory is wearing your costume all day long. The more elaborate and ridiculous the better!

Best Decorated Vehicle

To win, you’ll want your vehicle to stand out in a crowd. Pro tip: Theme your vehicle with your costumes for an unstoppable combination! Remember to upload a picture of your vehicle to Instagram using the #m2mrelaybestvan hashtag.

Best Team Name

It’s up to your peers. The wackier and more creative, the better!

Contest voting is done via the rules outlined in the Race Day Guide. The team with the most votes wins. Winners get a prize pack and an automatic invitation into next year’s race.


1. How it Works

The Market to Market® Relay Nebraska is a team running relay from the Omaha Metro to Lincoln, covering around 70 miles over several stages on a scenic and varied course. Join 6, 7, or 8 of your closest pals, hop in a van, run, rest and repeat. The course follows trails, paved streets and gravel back roads through a diverse and scenic slice of Nebraska. Combine the running with outrageous costumes, memorable van rides, and a lively Post-Race Shindig & Expo in downtown Lincoln and it all adds up to 1 unforgettable day

2. Team Size

Choose to run with a 6, 7 or 8-person team. Go to the My Team page to invite teammates to your team.

3. Distance

Each runner completes 2-3 legs of varying difficulty. Most legs range from 3 to 6 miles, so most runners average between 9 to 15 total miles for the day. You got this!

4. Vehicles

All teams are allowed 1 vehicle per team. Most teams go with a van, mini-van or SUV. Get creative and win the Best Decorated Vehicle contest! 

    5. Captains

    Team captains are superheroes in disguise! Captains register, assemble and manage their team, and make sure everyone gets all the essential race details. Be one!

    6. Already Registered?

    If your team is already registered, captains can manage their team and runners can join or edit their profile by logging into the Roster Tool.

    Teammate? How Do I Join A Team? If your team captain has already started a team. The easiest way to join a team is to go to the My Team page and select Join A Team and look for your team. Once you find your team you will need to join. Note: You will need to register for a RunSignUp account.

    Captain? How Do I Invite A Teammate? Our Roster Tool is on the registration platform of a third party site called RunSignUp. There are several ways to get a team to join here are a few.

    1. Send an email to a teammate directly to your team page using RunSignUp. How to Guide
    2. Text your teammate with your team name and have them go to the My Team page and click on Join A Team then select your team to join.

    Captain? How Do I Manage My Team Our Roster Tool is on the registration platform of a third party site called RunSignUp. There are several ways to navigate to RunSignUp and manage your team.

    1. Sign into your profile at RunSignUp.com/Profile. Then make sure you have the correct person selected.
    2. Under “Upcoming Events” find your event and select “Manage Registration” next to the gear icon.  
    3. Depending on what you would like to view or edit, here is a RunSignUp “How to Manage Your Team” help article to help you navigate to your team details and view your team roster.
    7. Is There Long Term Parking in Omaha or Lincoln?

    Please look at the Race Brief. The latest version is available 3 weeks prior to race day and will be announced via email and posted in Team Documents.


    8. Can My Team Defer To Next Year?

    Yes! As outlined in the race policies, your team can defer to next year’s race.

    How a captain can defer their team to next year

    • Captains will sign into their profile at RunSignUp.com/Profile. Then make sure you have the correct person selected.
    • Select the “Upcoming Events” tab > Select your event > Select “Manage Registration” > Select “Defer Registration”.
    • Complete the “Defer Registration” process. Once completed, your deferred registration will now appear under “My Deferrals”. We will be in touch with you next year on how to “claim” your deferred registration once the new race opens up.
    9. Can My Team Transfer To the Virtual Event?

    Yes! As outlined in the race policies, your team can transfer to this year’s virtual event.

    How a captain can transfer their team to this year’s virtual relay

    • All Virtual Relay information is available here.
    10. Need More Info?

    These are basic FAQ’s. If you have additional questions we’ve got you covered. All the race info you could ever want is available in the Team Documents. Note: Many of these are updated approximately 3 weeks prior to the race day, but most of the information is exactly the same year to year.


    Travel Info

    Where to Stay

    A limited number of hotels have been reserved for Market to Market® Relay teams and families. These hotels are near the starting line or the finish line and are a great way to avoid getting up early or driving home late after the event. Please note that both hotels have CUT OFF dates when this offer will not be available.

    Aksarben Village Omaha | Courtyard by Marriott | 402.951.4300

    Prices: $99 to $109

    Call 402.951.4300 and ask for the Market to Market group rate.

    Last Day to Book: 9/3/2021

    Residence Inn Omaha Aksarben Village | 402.551.8000

    Prices: $119

    Call 402.551.8000 and ask for the Market to Market group rate.

    Last Day to Book: 9/3/2021

    Vehicle Info

    There are a limited number of vans available for rent in the Omaha and Lincoln areas. We recommend securing your vehicle as soon as possible. Do not assume that a rental will be available. Consider all options when looking for a team vehicle including renting, borrowing, purchasing or searching in other cities or even out of state. Teams with 7 total runners will have the easiest time securing a team vehicle.

    Vehicle Rules

    • Teams with a faster than 20 minute average 5k time will qualify for 2 vehicles at no additional cost.
    • All team vehicles must be less than seven feet in width and less than 20 feet in length
    • Large vans, mini-vans and SUV’s are allowed
    • No RVs, mini-buses, trailers or limos are allowed
    • All passengers must have access to a safety belt

    Renting in Omaha

    9301 S. 144th
    (402) 933-2500
    * Specializing in 12 Passenger Vans

    Thrifty Car Rental
    4501 Abbott Drive
    (402) 346-6702
    * Specializing in Mini-Vans

    Budget Omaha Airport
    4701 Abbott Drive
    (402) 422-6610
    * 7 Passenger SUVs, Crossovers, and Mini-Vans

    Budget Omaha Locust Street Location
    1755 Locust Street
    (402) 348-0455
    * 7 Passenger SUVs, Crossovers, and Mini-Vans

    Budget Omaha Millard Location
    12670 Q Street
    (402) 896-5161
    * 7 Passenger SUVs, Crossovers, and Mini-Vans

    Budget West Omaha
    Location: 116th and W Dodge
    (402) 334-2734
    * 7 Passenger SUVs, Crossovers, and Mini-Vans

    Renting in Lincoln

    Rent N’ Drive
    Near Union College
    (402) 441-4835
    * Specializing in 12 Passenger Vans

    Budget Lincoln Airport
    2400 W Adams
    (402) 474-2800
    * 7 Passenger SUVs, Crossovers, and Mini-Vans

    Location: 14th and Highway 2
    (402) 421-3400
    * Specializing in 12 Passenger Vans