National Relay

National Relay

The Carry The Load relay team travels across the country during the month of May to provide an active way to connect Americans to the sacrifices of our Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families. Whether you come out to cheer on the Relay team or join us along one or more legs of the Relay: every shout, clap and stride helps honor our nation’s heroes.

We welcome anyone and everyone to join us. Just bring good shoes, the right clothes for the weather and an amazing attitude!

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The Relay

Three routes walk and cycle across the country handing off the American flag every 5 miles for 32 consecutive days. More than 11,500 miles of ground covered provides a chance to get out the message about honoring our nation’s heroes.

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West Coast Relay

West Coast

From Seattle to Dallas: 4,600 Miles

The West Coast route of Carry The Load’s National Relay begins high in the Pacific Northwest at Victor Steinbrueck Park in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market neighborhood. Much like the East Coast route, it’s hard to overstate the beauty of the West Coast journey passing through the gorgeous architecture within the University of Oregon; the monumental mountains of Burney, CA; the vines of Napa; the Golden Gate Bridge; the flash of Hollywood; the lights of Vegas; the painted desert of Arizona; and the white sands of New Mexico before its final 13–day stretch through West and South Texas.

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Midwest Relay


From Minneapolis to Dallas: 3,900 Miles

Our Midwest route of the Relay across the Heartland begins in Minneapolis, MN passing through Motor City. The team travels back across to St. Louis under the iconic Gateway Arch. With a stop in Kansas City at World War I Veterans Memorial, the team heads north to Omaha, NE. The journey continues as they wind their way back down through Tulsa and Oklahoma City merging with the East and West coast teams at the Dallas Memorial March to celebrate our heroes for the Memorial weekend.

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East Coast Relay

East Cost

From West Point to Dallas: 3,000 Miles

With great respect and reverence, the East Coast route of the Relay begins at West Point Cemetery within the nation’s Military Academy and continues into downtown Manhattan visiting the historic 9/11 Memorial and reflecting pools, Freedom Tower and Rescue 5 fire station. The Relay weaves through the northeast and features American landmarks such as Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, Liberty Bell and the United States Naval Academy. The East Coast journey passes through the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas before the home stretch into Texas where it culminates at the Dallas Memorial March on Memorial Day Weekend.

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