Saturday, August 21, 2010

Red Letter Festival Relay Run 2010 Information

Dear Red Letter Relay 2010 Runners:

The following information is very important so please pay attention, read all of it, and contact me (Jim Ellis) if you have any questions. My e-mail is

On Saturday August 28, the Red Letter Relay will be happening. 59 miles of running. This year, there are over 20 runners participating.

Info about why we run:

-The purpose of this relay run, is to help raise awareness against homelessness, poverty and domestic violence in Northwest Iowa. And to raise money for "The Bridge" in Orange City, a transitional house for women and children in difficult life circumstances.

-So, we get to run. Using our gift of running to help raise awareness & money.

-To Raise Awareness: Tell people you know that you are running, why you are running and what you are running for. Do something creative.

-To Raise Money: Each runner needs to get 5 sponsors. Contact 5 people, let them know what you are doing, and if they would like to sponsor you. Have them write checks out to "The Bridge." Collect it and get it to me before the run, or day of the run.

Info about the run:

-The relay begins in Sioux City, Iowa and ends in Orange City, Iowa. It is a 59 mile road course, going through Lawton, Moville, Kingsley, Remsen, Oyens, Carnes.

-The relay is currently slotted and scheduled at a 10-minute-mile-per-hour pace. You personally don't have to follow that pace, but realize if you run too fast you might have to wait for the next person to show up for the next leg of the relay.

-Know the course. Know your starting and stopping points in the relay (more info about your specific points below).

-Before the race, look up your starting and stopping points on google maps. (more info below).

-On the day of the race each person's starting and stopping points will be marked with bright colored lawn flags on the side of the course (even if those flags are removed, it is your responsible to know your starting and stopping points). We will also try to have helpers be at the starting and stopping points.

-Be at your starting point at least 30 minutes before your slotted time.

-Drive to your starting spot. If you drive yourself, we will be able to drive your car behind you as you run, so when you are done running, you can jump back in your car.

-We will be passing a baton of some kind.

-Most importantly, be safe and careful. Wear bright clothing so drivers can see you. During the entire course, there will always be a vehicle with flashing lights behind you to provide a more safe run.

Relay Map & Schedule

Click here to see map


Runner Name. Points on Google Map. Miles. Estimated start time - stop time.

Begin @ Sunnybrook Community Church (5601 Sunnybrook Dr. Sioux City, IA 51106).

Lisa Ryan: A-B. Miles 1 - 5. 5:00am - 5:50am.

Brock Jensen: B-C. Miles 6-7. 5:50am - 6:10am
Jim Ellis: C-D. Miles 8-9. 6:10am - 6:30am
JT Thomas: D-E. Miles 10-14. 6:30am - 7:20am
Paul Peterson: E-F. Miles 15-16. 7:20am - 7:40am
Micah Gitlin: F-G. Miles 17-18. 7:40am - 8:00am
Bob Johnson: G-H. Miles 19-22. 8:00am - 8:40am
Danny Dekker: H-I. Miles 23-24. 8:40am - 9:00am
Chris White: I-J. Miles 25-28. 9:00am - 9:40am
Ryan Anderson: J-K. Miles 29:39. 9:40am - 11:30am
Mike Henry: K-L. Miles 40-41. 11:30am - 11:50am
Tiffany Touney: L-M. Miles 42-44. 11:50am - 12:20pm
Magdalene Landegent: M-N. Miles 45-47. 12:20pm - 12:50pm
Titus Landegent: N-O. Miles 48. 12:50pm - 1:00pm
Gabe Luse: O-P. Miles 49-50. 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Alisha Weller: P-Q. Mile 51. 1:20pm - 1:30pm
_____________ : Q-R. Miles 52-53. 1:30pm - 1:50pm
Lisa Thevdt: R-S. Miles 54 - 55. 1:50pm - 2:10pm
Greta Floding: S-T. Miles 56-57. 2:10pm - 2:30pm
Isaac Hendricks: T-U. Mile 58. 2:30pm - 2:40pm
EVERYONE: U-V. Mile 59. Meet at 3:00pm. Everyone gather in Hardees parking lot, and then run as a large group to the Windmill Park. This is a lot of fun. Tell everyone you know.

End @ Windmill Park, Orange City Iowa.

Any questions: contact Jim Ellis at

Feel free to join us for the Red Letter Festival afterwards from 4:00 - 10:00pm in the Windmill Park of Orange City. Free Food & Great Music.

Also, I have Red Letter Runner T-Shirts to give you. You can pick them up before your run, or after. Let me know.

What a blessing it is to run with you. Feel free to bring a friend to join you.

Jim Ellis

Last year's promo video

Red Letter Run 2007 - The Bridge