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36th Annual NIH Institute Challenge Relay

On Your Mark, Get Set...Go! It's time for the 36th Annual NIH Institute Challenge Relay. The NIH Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W), members of the original NIH Health Angels, and the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS), Office of Research Services (ORS), are excited to invite you to this year's relay on September 18. No one was faster last year than "Work Time's Over!" Does your team have what it takes to unseat them?

Gather your friends and colleagues to form your relay team. All NIH staff, including contractors, fellows, etc., are invited to enter as many teams as they wish. The rules are the same as in previous years. This year we will have two heats comprising up to 50 teams each. Each team will include five runners, who each will run a one-half mile loop around Building 1. Each team must include men and women with at least two runners of the same sex (i.e., you can have a team of two women/three men or three women/two men). Each team must have a name. Fun examples from last year include: "There Is No Eye In Team", "Running Out of Space", "Designer Genes", "ChloRide Like the Wind", "Do You Even Formulate Bro?", "Water You Running From?", "Between a Walk and a Hard Pace" and "Ain't Running No Clinical Trial."

To register your team and learn about registration fees, visit:

Please obtain your supervisor's approval before registering if this event occurs during your work hours. Each team must provide the name and contact information for one volunteer. Registration closes once 120 teams are registered.

Make sure to visit event exhibitors. To volunteer or obtain more information, please contact Mr. David Browne, R&W, at

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Mr. Chris Gaines, DATS, ORS, at, 301-827-3251, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

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