HOPE Relay FAQ’s

1) What is a Run Relay?

A run relay is a team event in which each participant runs the course and then “tags” another team member to run the course.  Instead of passing a baton from one team member to the next, the HOPE run relay participants will pass a bracelet.  The passing of the bracelet occurs at a designated location called  “The Exchange Station.”  Only one member of the team will be running at any given time.

2)  What are the differences between the HOPE 40k Run Relay and the HOPE 20k Run Relay? 

The HOPE Relay provides two different course options for teams.  The HOPE 40k Run Relay is a 10k (6.2 mile) course run by each team member (teams up to 4 team members) and the HOPE 20k is a 5k (3.1 mile) course run by each team member (teams up to 4 team members)

Here are the differences:

HOPE 40k Run Relay

  • The course is a total of 40k (24.8 miles).
  • Each participant runs 10k (6.2 mile) course.
  • The total race will last 2-4 hours.
  • Teams will start at 7:40am.

HOPE 20k Run Relay 

  • The course is a total of 20k (12.4 miles).
  • Each participant runs 5k (3.1 mile) course.
  • The total race will last 1-2 hours.
  • Teams will start between 7:50 and 8:40am.

3) What is the difference between the HOPE 5k and the HOPE Run Relays (40k and 20k)?

The HOPE 5k event offers the opportunity to run or walk individually or as a team of any size. The team would run or walk the course together.

The Run Relay events (40k and 20k) offer the opportunity to compete as a team but with each team member running the course separately as an individual. A slap bracelet is exchanged from one team member to the next as each takes a turn running.

4) When does the HOPE 5k start?

The HOPE 5k will start in groups of 50 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (continuing to start every 5 minutes) up until 9:20 a.m.

5) How long will it take to participate in the HOPE Run Relays (40k and 20k)?

All teams in HOPE 40k Run Relay must have an average pace time of no more than 9 minutes per mile. All teams in HOPE 20k Run Relay must have an average pace time of no more than 15 minutes per mile.  We cannot safely accommodate slower average pace times.

In the HOPE 40k Run Relay, teams with a 9-minute average pace time will take approximately 4 hours total to complete the course.  Teams with a 5-minute average pace time will take approximately 2 hours.

In the HOPE 20k Run Relay, teams with a 15-minute average pace time will take approximately 3 hours total to complete the course.  Teams with a 5-minute average pace time will take approximately 1 hour.

6)  How long will it take to participate in the HOPE 5k?

All participants in the HOPE 5k must have a mile pace of no more than 30 minutes per mile. Participants with a mile pace of 30 minutes per mile will finish the HOPE 5k in 1.5 hours. Participants with a mile pace of 5 minutes per mile will finish the HOPE 5k in 15 minutes.

7)  Where are the HOPE Relay courses?

The HOPE 40k Run Relay course starts and ends at Kroc Center in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. Go to http://hoperelay.org/course-information/ for a detailed description of the course.

The HOPE 20k Run Relay course starts and ends at Kroc Center in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.  Go to http://hoperelay.org/course-information/ for a detailed description of the course.

The HOPE 5k course starts and ends at Kroc Center in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.  Go to http://hoperelay.org/course-information/ for a detailed description of the course.

8) What type of terrain should I expect?

Each course is a little different and includes some elevation changes.

9) How do I know whether to run in the HOPE 40k Run Relay, the HOPE 20k Run Relay or the HOPE 5k?

The main factors to consider in deciding between the three options are the total time involved, the endurance required to do the race, and whether you prefer to do a relay style event or a 5k style event.  The Run Relay events offer the opportunity to compete as a team but with each team member running the course separately as an individual. A slap bracelet is exchanged from one team member to the next as each takes a turn running.  The 5k event offers the opportunity to run or walk individually or as a team of any size. The team would run or walk the course together.

10) Can we run with fewer than 4 people on our team in the HOPE 40k Run Relay and HOPE 20k Run Relay?

Both the HOPE 40k Run Relay and the HOPE 20k Run Relay events are available to teams of less than 4 people as long as the team can keep up appropriate pace time for the duration of the course.

11) Can we run or walk the HOPE 5k  as an individual or team?

You may run or walk in the HOPE 5k as an individual or as a team of any size.

12) What happens at the Exchange Station for the Run Relays (HOPE 40k Run Relay and HOPE 20k Run Relay)?

The Exchange Station is the designated location where one leg ends and another begins.  The Exchange Station is where one team member finishes running and passes the bracelet to another team member to start running his/her leg.

13) Does the Exchange Station apply to the HOPE 5k?

The Exchange Station does not apply to the HOPE 5k. The Exchange Station is only for the relay events (HOPE 40k Run Relay and HOPE 20k Run Relay).

14) What does the HOPE Relay support?

All proceeds support Project HOPE Foundation (www.projecthopesc.org), a South Carolina nonprofit that has been serving the autism community since 1997.  Project HOPE provides services to children, youth, and young adults with autism.  Go to http://hoperelay.org/why-we-do-it/ for more information.

15) What is our fundraising goal?

With the new rate of autism (1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys), the need for Project HOPE’s services is urgent. Every dollar counts! We are asking each participant to take on the personal challenge of raising $65 to donate to Project HOPE Foundation.  If we reach our goal of 800 participants, with each person raising $65, Project HOPE will have an estimated $52,000 to support life-changing individual therapy, specialized classrooms, and innovative adult services.

16) How does the HOPE Relay raise money?  

The HOPE Relay raises funds through personal fundraising, sponsorship and entry fees. We have created a special online site that allows you to invite your friends and family to join you in supporting this cause. Last year’s top fundraiser raised over $3,000 individually. We will give out awards to Top Individual Fundraiser and Top Team Fundraiser at this year’s Relay.

Sponsorships are available at www.hoperelay.org/get-involved/sponsor/. Our goal is to raise over $50,000 in sponsorships this year.

17) What’s the deal with the costumes?

At the post-race event, the HOPE Relay recognizes the teams with the best name and the best costumes.  You are not required to dress up, but it is fun! Given the Superhero theme this year, we are excited to see some great costumes!

18) What happens at the end of the race? 

We encourage all teams to cross the finish line together. After crossing the finish line, each participant will receive a medal.  Awards will be given to Division Winners, Best Costume, Best Name, Best Fundraising Individual, Best Fundraising Team, and Best Participant Recruiter.