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.

This year people can participate in our 32-day event either in-person or virtually. Come out to cheer on the relay team or join us by walking a leg or two every shout, clap and stride helps us honor and remember 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!

Registration opens January 1,2022

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The Relay

The National Relay routes virtually travel across the country for 32 consecutive days covering over 15,500 miles with four different routes handing off the American flag from city to city to honor our nation’s heroes.

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West Coast Relay

West Coast

From Seattle to Dallas: 4,700 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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East Coast Relay

Mountain States

From Minot to Dallas: 3,700 Miles

The scenic Mountain States relay route begins in Minot, ND. The route travels through the Great Plains of South Dakota and Wyoming before visiting the hallowed grounds of Yellowstone National Cemetery in Montana. After a bend to Spokane, Washington, the journey continues through Idaho past the Great Salt lakes of Utah. The team traverses the Rocky Mountains through Colorado passing though Oklahoma as they make their trek to Dallas. In Dallas they will join the other three relay routes to celebrate our nation's heroes on Memorial Day weekend.

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Midwest Relay


From Minneapolis to Dallas: 4,100 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 Day 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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