Run Away to the Bay

April 17, 2021
REGISTERParticipant Self Management


Though we are hopeful that we will be through the COVID-19 pandemic by the 2021 Run Away to the Bay, exact details of the nature of the 2021 event will continue to be under discussion and the guidance of city and health officials.

2020 Registrants: For those of you who choose not to participate in the 2021 Run Away to the Bay, We will e-mail you transfer instructions and guide the process when that is ready.

Run Away to the Bay is a 11-leg, 55-mile relay race.

Starting on the shores of Lake Winnebago in Menomonee Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, runners will head north along the lake towards the Fox Cities before crossing the countryside of Calumet County and finally entering the Fox River Trail just north of Forest Junction. Runners will stay on the trail until reaching the waterfront finish line on The City Deck, in Downtown Green Bay.

We invite you to join us in our 9th year of Run Away To The Bay!

When: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Wave Start Times*: 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am

*Waves are assigned to teams in the beginning of April.

Where:  The race starts in Menominee Park in Oshkosh and finishes on the City Deck in Green Bay. (See below for Course Description)

Who:  Teams of 2 to 6 runners

All teams will receive: 

  • Front Bib for Each Runner
  • Wristband (to be passed from runner to runner at each exchange location)
  • Participant Shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • Finish Line Buffet & Beverage
  • Chip Timing


Proceeds from the event will benefit:  Several Local Non Profits




Categories & Divisions


Team Relay 3-6 runners
Pairs Relay 2 runners


Open Men – All men – any age
Open Women – All Women – any age
Open Mixed – Any combination of men/women – any age

Masters Men – all runners over 40
Masters Women – all runners over 40
Masters Mixed – all runners over 40


Top three relay teams in each age division (open or masters) and gender sub-division (male/female or mixed) will receive awards.

The awards will be announced at the conclusion of the event one all the results are compiled.

Relay teams MUST cover the entire course miles to be eligible for awards and official finish times. If a runner is unable to complete a leg, another member of the team must take over where the other runner left off and complete the leg.


Each team will be assigned a start time of 7:00am, 8:00am or 9:00am in early April. 

Teams will be assigned a start time according to their anticipated finish time based on the average pace each team member listed when registering for the event.

The purpose of seeding the event into 3 wave starts is to help ensure that every team in each wave finishes at approximately the same time.

Start times are assigned with the slowest teams seeded first.

If you need to adjust your average pace after you register, or have a concern about your teams start or finish time, please contact [email protected]

***Once Start Times Are Posted***

When you view the wave start times, please find your team name and confirm that the number of team members listed is correct as well as your team division. Please have a representative from your team e-mail [email protected] if you see any issues with your start time*, number of team members, division, or if you have any other questions or concerns.

It is very important that you contact us regarding your start time if you believe your team will be slower or faster than when you originally registered. This is very important so we can be sure that exchange zones can be ready for you.


Responsibilities & Expectations

Vehicle: Teams provide their own support vehicle and can divide the race legs however they want as long as the entire distance is covered by the team (for example, a teammate can legs back-to-back, etc.)


Exchange Zones: Teams are expected to exchange runners at each of the 10 designated exchange zones on the course.

Slap Bands: Each team is supplied one slap band. This MUST be worn by the team member while running on the course. The runners will exchange the slap bands at designated Exchange Zones ONLY.

Water: EVERY exchange zone will have water and Gatorade available. If you need water between Exchanges, you must carry your own!! YOUR team is allowed to give you assistance in the form of food, fluids and clothing while running your leg. (NO rides!!)


First Aid: Each Team is responsible for supplying an adequate first aid kit on board each vehicle to treat blisters, abrasions and other common ailments.

Traffic: ALL traffic has the right-of-way while you are running on the course! Follow the Run Away to the Bay signs. These will be placed on the side of the road that you are to be running on. If there is a sidewalk available, that is where you should be running, not in the road.

Headphones are allowed, but PLEASE keep the volume low. We recommend using just one earphone if possible. Your SAFETY is our #1 concern!





Race capped at 170 Teams

Registration Information 

Participation Requirements

The average team pace must not exceed 12:00 min/mile due to municipalities, and a minimum age of 16.

Teams must have a minimum of 2 participants and cannot exceed 6 participants.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Race Fees

$65 through the end of the year

$75: 1/1-2/28

$85: 3/1-3/31

2020 Race Shirt Information

Click the following link for sizing and care information: TBD

If you need to change your shirt size, please e-mail [email protected] Sizes cannot be changed once online registration closes and changes are not guaranteed.

2020 Packet Pick-Up Information

FRIDAY April 16th from 4PM to 7PM

Run Away Shoes, Appleton
W3192 Cty KK
Appleton, WI 54915
view map

Menominee Park – enter at Siewert Ave


Please wear your race bib on the FRONT and outermost layer of clothing.

The last runner must wear the bib with the timing chip.
DO NOT BEND this race bib.

Can I transfer my registration to a different participant? 

Can I transfer my registration to a different participant?

Use the Participant Self Management link to sell your registration (CLICK HERE). You will get to choose your refund (i.e. the price you want to sell it at) and then inset the e-mail of the person who you are selling/transferring and they will receive an e-mail to complete it. You will receive an e-mail once they have done that. Please open that e-mail to approve the transfer. Then, in 2-3 business days, you will receive your refund. Be aware that if the registration fees have increased between when you registered and the new registrant is registering, they will have to pay that difference.

Transfers/Selling your registration can be completed by visiting the Participant Self Management Page and choosing the “Sell Registration” option. Then, follow the steps and e-mail it to the person who you will be selling/transferring your registration to and they will complete their registration to complete the transfer.

This link is also in your confirmation e-mail. Click “Edit Your Registration” or “Manage Your Team” to get to the options page.

If participants need to change after registration closes please e-mail [email protected]

Transferring and T-Shirts

 If a registration is transferred AFTER online registration closes on March 31st at 11:59pm, t-shirt size is not guaranteed. The person who the registration is transferred to will receive the t-shirt of the person who originally registered. At packet pick-up, there is an opportunity to swap it with another size based on availability. The desired size is not guaranteed.

If you have any questions about transferring, please e-mail [email protected]

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I complete this event as a solo runner?

No, Run Away to the Bay is not designed for solo runners.

Does one person need to register the whole team?

 No! One person does not need to handle registering the whole team. However, a person on your team will need to be designated as a Team Captain when registering. This person will need to sign up before anyone else on your team to create a team by choosing the Register Captain option. The Team Captain will choose a team password which participants will enter when they join a team from the Register Teammate option. Team Captains will also choose a team name which participants will be able to choose from a drop-down menu.

The reason we also have the team password to connect teams beyond just the team name is that sometimes teammates choose the wrong team or there are teams with very similar names.

If you need assistance registering, please email [email protected]

I can no longer participate. Can I receive a refund or transfer my bib?

We’re sorry that you can no longer participate! There are no refunds, but you can transfer your bib to another runner.

Transfers/Selling your registration can be completed by visiting the Participant Self Management Page and choosing the “Sell Registration” option. Then, follow the steps and e-mail it to the person who you will be selling/transferring your registration to and they will complete their registration to complete the transfer.

This link is also in your confirmation e-mail. Click “Edit Your Registration” or “Manage Your Team” to get to the options page.

If participants need to change after registration closes please e-mail [email protected]

How many teams participate in this event?

Past Participation:

2020: Sold Out at 180 Teams. Event Cancelled due to COVID-19

2019: 170 Teams

2018: 166 Teams

2017: 150 Teams

2016: 133 Teams

2015: 126 Teams

2014: 95 Teams

2013: 75 Teams

2012: 54 Teams


Course description


Run Away to the Bay begins in Menominee Park in Oshkosh, WI. The race will head North through town onto County Road A. The course will continue through the towns of Neenah and Menasha. It will merge with Midway Rd/Schmidt Rd and go through Darboy and Kaukauna. It will then enter the Fox River Trail just north of Forest Junction. We will stay on the trail through DePere until the Finish line on The City Deck and post-race party at Hagemeister Park from 2:00pm-7:00pm.

Updated Booklet Will Be Linked Here when Available

2019 Booklet


2020 Leg Distances

Leg 1: START Menominee Park to Winnebago Co. Park – 4.7 miles?
Leg 2: Winnebago Co. Park to Vinland Still &?Grill- 4.6 miles
Leg 3: Vinland Still & Grill (Cyt Rd A) to Smith Park- 6.5 miles
Leg 4: Smith Park in Neenah to Barker Farms Park- 4.0 miles
Leg 5: Barker Farms Park in Menasha to Darboy Park – 3.3 miles
Leg 6: Darboy Park to Dundas – 6.8 miles
Leg 7: Dundas to Hill Road – 7.2 miles
Leg 8: Hill Road to Greenleaf – 3.1 miles
Leg 9: Greenleaf to Midway Rd – 5.1 miles
Leg 10: Midway Rd to FRT Boat Landing (Zesty’s) – 5.5 miles
Leg 11: FRT Boat Landing (Zesty’s) to FINISH @ City Deck – 4.6 miles

55.4 – FINISH LINE – The City Deck

Elevation Map

Linked HERE.

Start Line


Menominee Park, Oshkosh

Enter on Siewert Tr

Restrooms are located in the parking lot by the Reetz Softball Complex. There are NO restrooms at THE start line, so plan accordingly before you head to the start.

Packet Pick-Up is by the Start Line. 

Finish Line



Results will be posted HERE at the conclusion of the race. 

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