The United States Sports Academy’s campus in Daphne, Ala., will serve as a transition area for the inaugural Gulf Coast Interstate (GCI) Relay 2013, which includes both a cycling relay and an overnight running relay. 

Cycling and running teams will complete a 263-mile course from New Orleans to Pensacola Beach, Fla., covering four states—Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida—in three days. The event, which is sanctioned by USA Cycling, is scheduled April 4-6 and is heralded as the longest relay in the South. 

“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 teams will travel through Daphne late Friday, April 5, into shortly after midnight Saturday, April 6. Academy faculty and staff will serve as volunteers for the event. The relay participants, currently totaling more than 180, will have access to parking, bathrooms and showers during their stay at the Academy.

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

For more information about the cycling and running relays or to register for the event, visit

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