Frosty Moss Relay FAQ

Your safety is our top priority. (Of course, fun is next on the list!) All participants will receive a Frosty Moss Relay Team Guide containing detailed event and safety rules and a list of required gear. Please read it carefully in advance of relay day.

This is a challenging event! 12-minute teams may find it difficult to make the 8p.m. cutoff. Recruit a fast friend to lend a hand, or expect that a race director may ask your team to skip a leg(s) to help you make the cutoff. Check out the Mini Moss for a low-stress, maximum-fun option!

PRO TIP! This if for those teams looking for a fun running road trip (not for the competitors). Recruit a second team to pair with your team. Pair one of your runners with one who runs a similar pace on the second team, and they commit to running together the entire day. That way your peeps will always have a buddy on the trail, even as the pack gets spread out as the day goes by. Instead of having just your own running road trip, you’ll have double the fun with your buddy team! What happens at the relay, stays at the relay 🙂

Cancellations & Refunds

Frosty Moss Relay/Mini Moss has a no refund policy. If a registered team decides they cannot attend the event for any reason, there will be no refund of their registration fee regardless of when/if they notify the race directors.  In case of forced cancellation, teams will receive the choice of a free transfer to the following year, or an 80% refund.

In the case of extreme weather or other events beyond our control, the race directors reserve the right to cancel the event up to and during the day of the event. In the case of a cancellation prior to the day of the event, the team captain (the person who registered your team) will receive a discount code that may be redeemed during a one-week priority registration period for the next year’s event. The race directors may offer additional refund options if the event is rescheduled or in other circumstances, including but not limited to being able to fill your spot with someone from the waiting list. If the event must be canceled or stopped prematurely on the day of the event, no refunds will be made. 

In the case of hazardous weather or other conditions beyond our control, the race directors may, at their discretion, alter the course for runners’ safety. This could mean reducing overall event distance, moving the start line, skipping a leg, running the same leg twice, ending the event early, etc. No refunds will be made in the event of course alterations.

As much as possible, the decision to cancel, reschedule, and/or reroute will be made prior to the day of the event, though conditions may require same-day course alterations. That information will be relayed to exchange zones and course marshals, who will direct participants accordingly.

Friday Packet Pickup

All team captains should attend packet pickup on Friday, February 24, 6 – 9pm, at Blyn Banquet Room at 7 Cedars Casino. Bring you completed team roster

Who Can Be on a Team?

80-mile teams are 2 – 5 runners; Mini Moss teams are 2, 3, or 4 runners. Any age and gender, road and trail fans. Mix it up! Teams must average a 12-minute pace or faster, including exchange points. This is a challenging course!

Will We Run in the Dark?

YES! Sunrise is at 7:00am, sunset is at 5:52pm. Runners must wear reflective vests, headlamps, and blinkie lights in dark hours. Runners may have a pacer during night legs, but they must stay together the entire leg.

Is There a Cutoff Time?

This is a challenging event! Teams must average an overall 12-minute mile pace or faster, including time spent at exchange points. That said, 12-minute teams may very well find themselves missing the cutoff. Grab a fast friend as your ringer. 

Frosty Moss Teams must reach the end of Leg 7 by 4:00 p.m. If your team does not arrive in time, you are required to skip the next race leg, and start again at the start of Leg 9 at Port Angeles Yacht Club. 

Frosty Moss Teams reaching the end of Leg 12 (Railroad Bridge Park) after 8:00 p.m. will be sent directly to the finish line. Teams farther behind will also be sent to the finish line when they reach the end of their leg. In these cases, teams will receive a DNF (no race time) but are encouraged to hit the party time to celebrate your mossy adventure.

Mini Moss Teams reaching the end of Leg 5 (Railroad Bridge Park) after 6:30 p.m. will be required to skip the next race leg, and start again at the start of Leg 7 at Carrie Blake Park.

50K runners must reach the end of Leg 5 (Railroad Bridge Park) by 7:00 p.m. (14mm or faster pace)

Calculating your Average Team Pace

Waves will be assigned based on your estimated average team pace as indicated on your registration. Please be as accurate as possible on your pace estimates. We recommended that you add at least 1 minute/mile to your runners normal road pace for the Adventure Trail sections (legs 4-6). Do NOT pad your time because you are worried about making the cutoffs. If you run faster than your average pace and beat the exchange zone volunteers, your team will be held and made to wait. You do not have anything to gain by padding your average pace! Don’t worry! We will be sure to assign you a start time that will allow you to make the check points based on your ACTUAL average pace. We will assign wave start times in early January for your planning purposes, but in general the waves will be structured as follows: 

Do We Drive Ourselves?

Yes! As with most relay events, teams provide their own in-race vehicle. If you have the space, we suggest enlisting a nonrunner friend to drive. Be prepared for a couple narrow forest roads.

Are the Roads Open to Traffic?

Yes! And so are the road crossings! When running on the side of a road or city street, runners should run against traffic. Cross only when traffic has cleared.

Frosty Moss Relay Start Times:

Wave 1 (11 – 12 minute mile pace): 6:00 a.m. start. Check-in starts at 5:00 a.m.
Wave 2 (10 – 10.5 minute mile pace): 7:00 a.m. start. Check in starts at 6:15 a.m.
Wave 3 (9-9.5 minute mile pace): 8:00 a.m. start. Check in starts at 7:15 a.m. Wave 4 (7 – 8.5 minute mile pace): 9:00 a.m. start. Check in starts at 8:15 a.m
Wave 4 (7 – 8.5 minute mile pace): 9:00 a.m. start. Check in starts at 8:15 a.m

Mini Moss Relay Start Times:

Wave 1 (11-12 minute mile pace): 1:00 p.m. start. Check-in start at 12:00 p.m.
Wave 2 (9-10 minute mile pace): 2:00 p.m. start. Check-in start at 1:00 p.m.
Wave 3 (7-8 minute mile pace): 2:30 p.m. start. Check-in start at 1:30 p.m.

50k Start Time:

2:00pm

Super fun After-Party!

Make sure to attend the after-party in the Blyn Banquet Room at 7 Cedars Resort from 5pm-10:30pm on race evening. We will have hot food, cold drinks, music, awards and other shenanigans!

Awards will be given at the party for the 1st place 2-3 person Frosty Moss Team, 1st place 4-5 person Frosty Moss Team, 1st Place Mini Moss Team, 1st Place man and woman 50K, Last Place Frosty Moss Team (Last Slug Standing), Middle Place Frosty Moss Team (Mediocrity Award), and Best Team Theme. We will also be giving away a huge prize basket for the winning team (Frosty or Mini) that posts the most – and quality counts – photos on Instagram tagged with @frostymossrelay #frostymoss2023 and your team name. You can post as you are training leading up to event day, and all day of the event.

What About Food and Drinks?

Team vans should come prepared with food, drinks, extra layers, first-aid kit, and whatever else you’ll want with you during relay day. We’ve got the post-race food and bevvies covered!

Can I Walk?

As long as your team can make the cutoff, you can move forward in whatever run/walk mode suits you. Professional speedwalkers welcome!

Can I Wear Headphones?

We’d rather you didn’t. If you insist, keep the volume low so you can hear course marshals, passing runners, traffic, and cougars. If you can’t hear your own footsteps, the volume is too high.

Can I Bring My Dog?

We love our dogs—and probably yours, too—but please leave them with a trusted dog sitter. Dogs are not allowed at the after-party.

Where Should We Stay Before/After?

We recommend that you stay with our Title Sponsor 7 Cedars Resort. Their brand new plush hotel is amazing.
Event rate $159/night QQ.
Guests may book directly online using PROMO Code: Frosty

If that isn’t for you, you can find lots of local lodging options at the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau and Visit Port Angeles.

Seriously…February? 

Trust us, once you spend the day running though the many spectacular Olympic Peninsula ecosystems, you’ll wonder why you spent February anywhere else.