39th NIH Institute Relay
Thursday, September 12th

On Your Mark, Get Set…Go!  It’s time for the 39th NIH Institute Challenge Relay.  Can your team defeat the defending champs “K-Space Invaders”?  

The rules are the same…the Relay consists of teams of five runners each whom run a loop around Bldg. 1.  All Institutes, Centers, Divisions, and Contractors are invited to enter as many teams as they wish.  Each team must have a variety of gender representation. The race will be held on Thursday, September 12th in front of Bldg. 1, The registration table will open by 11am and Heat 1 will start at 11:45am. 

It’s time to start gathering your team together so you can pick your team name and of course, start training.  Put on your thinking caps and think creatively about your team name.  Examples from last year include: Ignorance is Blisters, ChloRide Like the Wind, Easier Said than Run, Please Don’t Step on Mitosis, The Farrell Kats, Diabete-It! and AVEINGERS. Take the next few weeks to gather for jogs around Bldg. 1 or join the fitness center at Bldg. 31 or Rockledge for a run on the treadmill or elliptical machine or Bldg. 53 to focus on weight training.  The relay is a great reason to set a new fitness goal while preparing for a fun event.  However, the most important part of the race is to have fun and enjoy the company of your fellow NIHers.  Remember, contractor teams are welcome as well as more than one team per Institute.  Get your sneakers ready for some action.  It’s going to be fun!   We ask that each group leader also provide the name and contact info for one volunteer.  To volunteer or for more info contact David Browne.

Each participating runner and volunteer will receive a free Relay T-Shirt and free scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, both courtesy of Contemporaries

Exhibitor Fair Vendors include: TBD

Team Registration: June 15 – September 1st – $25

Team Registration September 1st – September 9th (if space available) – $30.

Registration Table – 11am 

Opening Remarks – 11:25am

Warm-up – 11:35am

First Heat – 11:45am

Second Heat – 12:15pm