Updated August 31, 2017
Blue Ridge Christian School has granted permission for Get Outside Mountain Relay to take over their campus for this exciting weekend. GOMR Nation is where everything but the running will happen. We will have many amenities and are planning for vendors, games, and entertainment. Teams are also welcome to bring footballs, Frisbees, Corn Hole boards, etc., as there will be room to stretch out and have fun. Bring blankets and chairs too. Below are some notes and warnings about GOMR’s use of the campus.
The United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway will issue a Special Use Permit to the Get Outside Mountain Relay to access the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to the established rules and regulations of these organizations, the following will apply to the Get Outside Mountain Relay:
The roads used for the Get Outside Mountain Relay in Alleghany County are mostly rural, narrow and have little or no paved shoulder. Several legs will be a combination of gravel and pavement.
Caution: The course is completely open to normal traffic. Signs are posted along the route to warn traffic of runners being present. However, when traffic is approaching, give the right of way and be very careful when stepping onto the gravel/grass shoulder. Look before you step and step onto the shoulder earlier than normal to ensure good footing.
The course will be marked with one Get Outside Mountain Relay directional sign before each turn and one confirmation sign after each turn. Signs during the night legs will be highlighted with reflective tape. However, as noted in the GOMR Guide, it is the responsibility of the runner to navigate the course. In addition, approximately ¼ mile before an Exchange, an “EXCHANGE AHEAD” sign will be posted. Please note that signs may read “GOMR”, and/or have the Logo on it. Signs will be posted on the Left side of the road. However, signs will be posted on the Right when the leg notes/description instructs runners to run on the right. Occasionally signs do disappear. So, memorizing or carrying your cue sheet is highly advised. Download the Turn by Turn PDFs to have on your phone while running.
We believe runners should always run defensively. Please be advised that you will be running on a course that is open to normal traffic. Roads will be posted with caution signs to approaching traffic. All runners should be alert to traffic, blind curves/turns, and road conditions.
If you have questions about safety, especially at night:
GOMR’s start line will be in the circular parking lot of Blue Ridge Christian School. Team check-in and shuttle service will be at Alexander Hall, the next building down. Runner #1 will go to the Start Line at least 10 minutes before scheduled wave. Subsequent runners will be shuttled out and back to Alexander Hall. Look for the shuttle with your Leg Number on it. Reflective vests, flashlights and blinking lights for runner #1 will be inspected at Start Line if they’re starting early in the morning and #19 overnight. Evening and night runners’ safety equipment will be inspected by volunteers at the shuttles.
Be prepared. Your team will be living on the Nation for the duration of the race. You should bring food and drinks that you know will work well with your stomach, especially close to your running times. However, we are working with several groups that have expressed interest in preparing meals at different times throughout the weekend. These groups will be offering food for sale at a modest price or by donation. Details of the meals and exact times are still being worked out. The handbook will be updated as soon as details are solidified.
Water jugs will be available at GOMR Nation throughout the weekend (bring your own cup). We are working to have groups provide meals during the following times.
GOMR Nation will have limited ability for medical care beyond basic First Aid. We are hoping to have the Alleghany Rescue Squad stationed on campus during the relay. Teams should bring a First Aid kit for their team. For medical care beyond basic First Aid, 911 should be called. If a condition exists where 911 is called, please also inform Head Gomer by sending a text (after Emergency Services have been contacted) to 336-363-4984.
The finish line is same as the Start and Leg 18 Exchange.
Teams may finish with their last runner. The staging area for teams finishing with their runner will be across the road from the school. Please do not interfere with finishing runners from other teams. If your runner and another team’s runner are finishing close, please allow the active runners to pass before entering the finish line chute.
Call 911 for all emergencies. Runners should know their location on the course at all times. Race Day course anomalies, weather, emergency information, etc. will be posted on the Get Outside Mountain Relay Facebook page. Race related questions must be directed to Exchange Relay Officials.
Alleghany Memorial Hospital
233 Doctors St, Sparta
Sparta Alleghany Fire Department
64 Cox Street, Sparta
Cherry Lane Fire Department
8378 US 21 S, Glade Valley
Glade Creek Fire Department
6374 Glade Valley Road, Ennice
Piney Creek Fire Department
500 Piney Creek School Road, Piney Creek
Laurel Springs Fire Department
12509 NC 18 S, Laurel Springs
Prior to setting up camp, you can travel into Sparta (5 miles from Glade Valley Road, heading North on US 21) and get food, supplies, and fill your vehicles up for the trip home.
Dumpsters and trash cans will be on GOMR Nation. Please dispose of trash in receptacles.