October 6, 2006, Newsletter Issue #35: First or Last

Tip of the Week

The strategies for how to run a relay race deal mostly with the order of the runners. Who runs first, who runs second, and so on? The most popular strategy for running a successful relay race is running your best runner last, and your worst runner third.

The second best runner will run first, or "lead off" the race, and the remaining runner runs second. This strategy of saving your best runner for last is used mostly because that runner will know what they have to do in order to win the race by the time they receive the baton.

If the team is leading, they simply need to run in control and maintain the lead. If the team is behind, then the last runner, or the "anchor," has to try to make up the distance to the leading team. This is something that your best runner should be able to handle, and thus would give the team the best chance to win.

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