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Relay races are track and field events in which a team of runners compete against other teams. These races include the 4x100 meters (four competitors running 100 meters each), 4x200 and 4x400. Runners hold a baton, a hollow tube generally made of metal. Each runner completes the specified distance (also called “leg”) and then passes the baton baton to the team’s next runner. Rules 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Runners must pass the baton within the exchange zone or designated area Runners mustn’t throw the baton to make a pass. Runners must remain in their lanes throughout the 4x100 meter relay race. Runners mustn’t obstruct, or block other runners. They are disqualified. Within the takeover zone, the most important thing is the position of the baton.

How do you pass the baton?: a) The runner waits before the exchange zone, when the other runner approaches, he/she accelerates into the exchange zone. b) When they are in the exchange zone, one will pass the baton to the other. c) The runner feels the baton into the hand (he/she doesn’t watch the baton) Important: • At the time of the hand-off, both runners should be close to their top speed • The incoming runner should pass the baton to the opposite hand of the outgoing runner ( for example: right hand to the left hand)


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The best relay teams are not always composed of the fastest athletes. The best relay teams are the teams who have the best race strategy and best baton exchanges.

relay: leg: exchange zone hand-off lane Physical Education Department- IES P. Jiménez Montoya

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