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A History of Speed

In its 33-year history, the NIH Institute Relay has included fast years and relatively slow ones. The race began as men-only, then for years included such categories as men, women, mixed and master’s. The data below is for coed results only, which began in 1980.

Prior to the 2016 race, the two fastest years were 1980 and 1985, when the 2.5-mile course (believed to be the same for all events over the years) was completed in 12:52 (the 1985 result was, according to the NIH Record, an “unofficial” time).

In both 1992 and 1994, the winning coed team finished in 13:02.

No data exist for the 1986 race. All available years and times are:

2015 13:23
2014 13:33
2013 13:56
2012 13:31
2011 13:05
2010 14:02
2009 13:50
2008 13:58
2007 13:54
2006 13:59
2005 14:04
2004 14:16
2003 14:20
2002 14:27
1995 13:34
1994 13:02
1993 13:13
1992 13:02
1991 13:32
1990 14:47
1989 13:08
1988 13:25
1987 13:13
1986 No data
1985 12:52
1984 13:21
1983 13:22
1982 No mixed results
1981 15:09
1980 12:52

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