For nearly 10 years, Run Away to the Bay has existed as a 55-mile relay race from Oshkosh to Green Bay consisting of teams of 2-6 people.
Starting on the shores of Lake Winnebago in Menominee Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, runners 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 stay on the trail until reaching the waterfront finish line on The City Deck, in Downtown Green Bay.
If you’re not familiar with this April favorite, we’ve walked through what a day at Run Away to the Bay looks like.
The race crew is up with the sunrise at Menominee Park in Oshkosh as the first wave prepares to take off at 7:00am. Two waves follow 30 minutes to an hour later. These waves are set based on the teams overall average pace with the goal of all teams finishing in a window of time at the end of the day.
One team member kicks off the race for their team and follows the signage and mile markers along the course. Teams are also given a booklet with the course map and a digital map to follow.
The 55 Miles
Lots of teams like to decorate their vehicles, and wear costumes or team shirts.
One of our favorite parts every year as organizers is reading all of the creative and hilarious team names!
The Finish Line
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 – all runners over 40
We have teams that come back year after year – making this an annual tradition. A captain of one team mentioned “it’s a great way for my guy friends and I to hang out for a few hours. Great course, fun race, and something different than a standard road race.”
Will you join us next year?