How to Run a Distance Relay Race – Part 1

Running is normally an individual event when it you against the world, however there is one running discipline that depends on team work. And of course this is relay running which is the event that normally closes the Olympic Games. Relay racing at an occasion like the Olympic Games or the World Championships defines the camaraderie that all runners have. It is born out of respect for one another for devoting yourself to running, the hardships of relentless training to achieve the ultimate goal, Gold.

We have decide to discover what are the secrets of distance relay running and how you can train to become a great runner and team member.

Match Team and Race Together

There are various types of relay races and for you to train for one in particular you firstly have to select the race you want to compete in. And at the same time you must have in mind the team that will compete. It is a fact your chosen teammates will probably decide what event to run in. The team members must be a good fit, by this of course they must be good athletes, but just as importantly they must be able to get on with each other. For instance if the race is fairly low-key and the other team members are relaxed and laid back people don’t upset the apple cart by bringing a hyper-energetic person in.

In general choose people who have no problem with goals and trying to achieve them. Remember you will all have to train together to reach the goals you set, so everybody must sign up for the same thing.

Appoint a Leader

Appoint a team leader or a captain, preferably somebody who has run relays before, and knows the logistics of entering a team in a race and what is required of each and every member. The team captain will have many responsibilities but the main one is that of delegation. That could be deciding who is to run what legs in the race, or to delegating somebody to sort out the accommodation. Also the captain is the conduit that all team members go to with ideas and complaints. Your chosen captain has to be comfortable with these duties and feel confident that they can complete the tasks at hand.

Know the Different Legs

Different kinds of relays have different kinds of legs that can differ in length and difficulty. It is important that each team member is assigned to the leg that best suits their abilities. Some distance relay races can have legs that are over distances of twenty miles, and the terrain could be completely different. The goals that you should try and achieve in your training should always be to set a solid base so each team member can run a good race, regardless of distance. In relays it is not the distance that is the problem but keeping the unit focused as one entity. In part two we learn more about running team relay races starting with how to pack for a long distance relay race.