The Road to Relay Blog

Welcome to our blog.  GCI Relay is a cycling relay and an overnight relay.  The 3rd annual run OR ride relay race will happen in April 2015 across 4 states, 22 bridges, and 263 miles!   You’ll begin the race in New Orleans, relay along the coast of Mississippi, through Biloxi, up into Mobile, AL and back down through Gulf Shores, finishing up in none other than Pensacola Beach, FL.

Keep up with us here to get the latest on relay happenings, relay road trips, endurance tricks and relay race training tips. You might also find team spotlights, our own past race adventures and favorite workouts, or general guest blogs from running or cycling rock stars.  We also are working with some great brands for exclusive giveaways and contests. Subscribe to our newsletter on the right side of the page, or follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date info!

Have a great race experience or story to share? We’d love to hear from you. Contact us for guest blogging opportunities!

Ready to learn more about the race? Check out running relay info, cycling relay info, or head straight to registration.

This race is a celebration of the Gulf Coast.  What does the Gulf Coast mean to you?

Protein: Is a Chicken Really Just a Chicken?! – IRWR Tip of the Week


Let me be clear, I am not a vegetarian or a vegan. I am a Texas Gal that enjoys eating, like a lot. A large part of that is meat. aka protein. There are plenty of alternatives and I will definitely get to that at a later […]

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GCI Relay Hands Baton to New Race Director

Gulf Coast, USA (PRUnderground) December 21st, 2013 Happy Holiday’s GCI Relay Family! We hope you’re all having a warm, safe, fun and fit holiday season! (No pressure on that fit part…for now). We have huge news! Befitting the New Year’s focus on growth and renewal, we are […]

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GCI Relay And The United States Sports Academy Partner Again For 2014


The United States Sports Academy, host of one of last year’s critical Transitions, will expand their sponsorship role for the upcoming 2014 event, held April 4-6. Southeast (PRUnderground) October 27th, 2013 As a valued sponsor, the United States Sports Academy (USSA) helped GCI Relay make history in […]

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Meet our sponsor, the Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, P.C.


It is our pleasure to introduce you to the Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic (AOC), PC, one of our sponsors for the inaugural Gulf Coast Interstate (GCI) Relay 2013! AOC is hosting Major Transition #18 at the Walgreens in Grand Bay, AL. AOC is generously donating soup and sandwiches, […]

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GCI Relay’s First Press Release!

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New GCI Relay brings runners and cyclists together to complete 263 miles across 4 Gulf Coast states.   The Gulf Coast Interstate Relay announces its inaugural race, to be held on April 4th – 6th, 2013. Two events, a cycling relay and an overnight running relay, will […]

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Transition #24 – The United States Sports Academy


It is my pleasure to introduce you to our hosts of Transition #24 for the inaugural GCI Relay 2013:  The United States Sports Academy! Located in Daphne, Alabama, the United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation […]

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F%&k Fear


Today my cousin Rodney came over.  She had been driving around the city, scouting locations for the filming of ValVid 2013.  Each year around this time, Rodney rounds up some friends and family to shoot a video that she passes out on Valentine’s Day instead of cards […]

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Multi-sport Spotlight: Tri Gulf Coast

Tri Gulf Coast Triathlon Club Established nearly 20 years ago for the greater Pensacola area, the Tri Gulf Coast triathlon club has grown to over 300 members strong. The club’s goal is to provide support for athletes of all ages and abilities to train, compete, and socialize […]

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Injury: You’re Going to Work Around It

It’s interesting; being injured, I mean. You know how you forget the bad parts and downplay the ain’t it horrible parts? That’s so we usually don’t get depressed about normal life stuff and end up thinking we live on a horrible planet. Mean old reality sneaked around […]

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Introducing Team Sweet Baby Jesus

Meet The Team! Team Sweet Baby Jesus (SBJ) is a four-man cycling crew from Louisville, KY. We are best described as weekend warriors, representing the youth of today (youngest is 32) and the AARP demographic (oldest is 52). This past year we participated in numerous group rides […]

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