Gulf Coast Interstate Relay 2013 — billed as the longest relay in the South — will pass through the United States Sports Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., on Friday, April 5.

The Academy and its two-dozen volunteers will serve as a Major Transition area for the inaugural GCI Relay, which includes both cycling and running relay teams.

Cyclists and runners are racing on a 263-mile course from New Orleans, La. to Pensacola Beach, Fla., from April 4-6. The event, which is the first one in history to be sanctioned by USA Cycling, crosses four states—Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida—in three days.

“When I discovered the Academy was right along the route of the relay, I was excited about the shared interest and love of sports,” says Sarah Sadd, GCI Relay Race Director. “It was completely serendipitous that the Academy’s campus was the perfect location for a transition area. I’m very excited to partner with the Academy for this inaugural event and for many years to come.”

The cycling teams will travel through Daphne between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5. Meanwhile, the running teams will go through between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 5.

The GCI Relay participants total 178, including 64 cyclists and 114 runners. At the Academy, faculty and staff will help the race teams with access to bicycle repairs, bathrooms, showers, food and drinks, a resting area and parking during their stop.

“We look forward to being part of GCI Relay’s great race,” says Dr. Stephen Butler, the Academy’s Dean of Instructional Design and Technology and Chief Information Officer. “It’s very exciting that USA Cycling is going to sanction the event, as cycling relays in the U.S. continue to grow.”

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