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Encyclopedia > Relay race

During a relay race, members of a team take turns swimming or running (usually with a baton) parts of a circuit or performing a certain action. Relay races take the form of professional races and amateur games. In the Olympic games, there are many types of relay races that are part of track and field. Swimming is the method by which living creatures move themselves through water in a method not involving simply walking on the bottom. ... Man Running - Edward Muybridge Horse Running - Edward Muybridge Running is by definition the fastest means for an animal to move on foot. ... Baton is the name of one of two leaders of the Illyrian uprising against the Romans in Pannonia in 6 AD. The term baton refers to any of several types of cylindrical or tapered instruments composed of a wide variety of materials, and of differing functions: A baton (billy, billy... The Olympic Games, or Olympics, is an international multi-sport event taking place every two years and alternating between Summer and Winter Games. ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ...


Based on the speed of the runners, the generally accepted strategy used in setting up a 4 person relay team is: second fastest, third fastest, slowest, then fastest (anchor). Each segment of the relay (the distance run by one person) is referred to as a leg. A strategy is a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal, as differentiated from tactics or immediate actions with resources at hand. ...


Each runner must hand off the baton to the next runner within a certain zone, usually marked by triangles on the track. In sprint relays, runners typically use a "blind handoff", where the second runner stands on a spot predetermined in practice and starts running when the first runner hits a visual mark on the track (usually a smaller triangle). The second runner opens her hand behind her after a few strides, by which time the first runner should be caught up and able to hand off the baton. In middle-distance relays or longer, runners begin by jogging while looking back at the incoming runner and holding out a hand for the baton. Sprints are races in athletics. ...


A team may be disqualified from a relay for:

  • Improperly overtaking another competitor
  • Preventing another competitor from passing
  • Willfully impeding, improperly crossing the course, or in any other way interfering with another competitor
  • Making two false starts (or in some cases only one)
  • Making an improper baton exchange
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Relay race - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (274 words)
During a relay race, members of a team take turns swimming or running (usually with a baton) parts of a circuit or performing a certain action.
In the Olympic games, there are many types of relay races that are part of track and field.
In sprint relays, runners typically use a "blind handoff", where the second runner stands on a spot predetermined in practice and starts running when the first runner hits a visual mark on the track (usually a smaller triangle).
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