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38th NIH Institute Challenge Relay – September 14​​

​On Your Mark, Get Set… Go! It's time for the 38th Annual NIH Institute Challenge Relay, to be held Thursday, September 14. Opening remarks begin at 11:25 am and the first of two heats starts at 11:45 am. Join in and find out if your team has what it takes to unseat the two-time defending champs – “PCR: Postbac Chain Relay." 

Gather your friends and colleagues to form your relay team. All NIH staff, including contractors and fellows, are invited to enter as many teams as they wish. This year we will have two heats comprising up to 50 teams each. Register your team today and learn about registration fees and requirements. Team registration is open now and closes once 100 teams are registered, or Monday, September 11, whichever occurs first.

Important things to note:

  • Each team will include five runners, each of whom will run a one-half-mile loop around Building 1
  • Each team must have a variety of gender representation and a team name. Fun examples from 2022 include: "Heart, Lung, Blood, Sweat, and Tears", "The LymphNerds", and "The OrthoPEDS"
  • Each team must provide at least one point of contact
  • Please obtain your supervisor's approval before registering if this event occurs during your work hours
  • Each participating runner and volunteer will receive a free Relay T-Shirt and a free scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry's®

​To volunteer or obtain more information, please email David Browne, R&W.

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreting and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should email Leslie Pont or call 301-451-3631. Requests should be made at least five days in advance. Call 711 to access Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

This event is sponsored by the NIH Office of Management, in partnership with the Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS), and operated through the Recreation and Welfare Association (R&W) Fitness Program

​For more fitness and well-being information, visit If you are interested in communicating with other like-minded NIH employees about topics of fitness and well-being, join the interactive Wellness@NIH listserv. You may also follow us @NIHEmplSrvcs on Twitter.​​