“It was fabulous. It was so fun. But excuse me –I need to go sleep for 12 hours,” was a common response from many of the Dublin School Reach the Beach participants.
For the third year in a row, Dublin assembled two teams of brave students, faculty, and staff to run over 400 miles across the state of New Hampshire in under 36 hours. Each year, our teams have included the youngest runners in this event.
The Reach the Beach (RTB) Running Relay Race is one of the longest distance running relay races in the United States. The RTB Relay takes place in picturesque New Hampshire during the start of the New England foliage season. The relay consists of (a maximum of ) 12 person teams that rotate through 36 transition areas as they cover the approximate 200 mile distance of the race. This means that each relay team member runs 3 legs of varying lengths and difficulty and will cover an average total distance of ~16.6 miles.
The event starts at Cannon Mountain in beautiful Franconia Notch State Park. From there, the course takes the teams through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, past fields, lakes, mountain top vistas, and the occasional covered bridge; ultimately finishing along the Atlantic coastline at Hampton Beach State Park NH.