Our 2017 Relay Kits were inspired by one of the first long distance road relays in America. The Plymouth Rock to Provincetown Relay was founded in 1974 by Fred Brown. Unlike today’s highly produced and sponsor-heavy relays, the P to P was a “one man operation with very few amenities” that combined running and orienteering. As one racer noted, “The organization of the event, or lack thereof, is legend in the annals of New England running history. Race maps contained such notable landmarks as ‘unmarked road’ and ‘Marconi area.’”
The race grew from 13 teams in 1974 to 300 teams and 2400 participants by its final run in 1988. But the race was unceremoniously canceled when the Barnstable police chief closed the town to runners going through, fed up with hundreds of runner’s relieving themselves on local lawns. Our relay kits pay homage to the race’s adventurous spirit and the iconic Massachusetts seaside towns - Plymouth, Barnstable, Falmouth and Provincetown - through which it passed. We took four runners down the Cape to run the course, taking in the sights and retracing the footsteps of this one-of-a-kind relay.
Introducing our New Relay Kits
The kits are crafted from our lightweight and silky smooth Bravio Blend, the same Italian-made fabric used in our Twilight tops and BQ Singlets, in vibrant sublimated prints. These summer race ready kits are for runners who take performance, if not themselves, seriously.
The original P to P course started at Plymouth Rock in “America’s Hometown.” Inspired by the Pilgrim’s ship, the Mayflower (the replica of which sits in Plymouth Harbor, not far from the rock) and the town’s embrace of all things Americana, the Plymouth kit features patriotic red sailboats on a blue field.
The largest community on the Cape, Barnstable is home to some of the best beaches for crabbing. Since the Barnstable police were responsible for shutting down the P to P relay in 1988, the Barnstable kit reflects an authoritarian tone - with gold crabs on a black ground.
Long a liberal bastion on the outer Cape - Provincetown is known for being open minded, eccentric and fun. Plus, it’s a great party destination for the end of a long relay. Our P-Town kits reflect the town’s lighthearted spirit with Tracksmith hares on a light blue background.