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���Since hurdling is a modified form of sprinting the same rules apply to both with the exception of taking the hurdle and striding. The crouch start is the one used

��at top speed. Rest. Sprint loo yd. at fair speed. Rest. Jog a half mile.

Tuesday — Three starts. Take three or four hurdles at top speed, twice with rest be- tween. Jog a half mile.

Wednesday — Three starts. Take six or seven hurdles at fair speed. Rest. Take three hurdles at top speed. Jog a half mile.

Thursday — Three starts. Two hurdles three or four times. Run full distance at moder- ate speed. Rest. Jog a half mile.

Friday — Three starts. Run 220 yd. at fair spjeed. Rest. Four hurdles at top speed. Jog a half mile.

Saturday — ^Three starts. Jog a quarter mile. Rest. Take the entire distance at top speed.

In training for longer hurdle races follow about the same schedule but increase the distances for the sprints and jogs.

Outdoor Relay Races

Relay races are those in which several runners, usually four, constitute a team, who run in succession over the required distance, each running an equal distance or otherwise as previously agreed upon, and either passing a stick from one to the other or touching him. The standard races for big athletic meets are:

1. One mile, each runs a quarter.

2. Mixed. The first runs a quarter, the second 220 yd., the third a half mile, and the last one mile.

Other distances may be selected to suit local conditions. A popular race is to have teams of ten or more, each of which runs 100 yd., or one lap (round) on a small track. This is an easy and safe way to pit small schools and clubs against each other. Relay races are sprints and the technic of sprinting applies, except that the first runner is the only one of the team who is allowed to take the croucb start.

��The only distinctive feature is the "touch-off" (touching the next runner, or passing the stick to him). Each waiting runner takes his place near the back line of his starting zone and looks back at the approaching runner. When the oncoming runner is within five or six yards the next runner faces fon^-ard and starts to run, hold- ing his right hand extended back with palm up to receive the baton (stick) from the left hand of the other. The distance and sp)eed should be so timed that the transfer is made in the starting zone, each runner being at top speed.

A line drawn 10 yd. on each side of the starting line of each relay is known as the starting zone. Within this zone each run- ner must pass the baton to the succeeding runner. No member of a relay team can run outside of such zone in order to relieve his team mate. The baton must be passed, not thrown or dropped by a competitor and picked up by the one succeeding him. Violation of any of these rules by any com- petitor disqualifies the team. No man can run two relays in any one team. The composition of a team cannot be changed after a trial heat has been run. No change can be made in the order of running, except in relay races where each competitor runs the same distance. The positions of the teams must be drawn. In all relay races an announcement must be made as to the distance each competitor is to run in his relay. Any competitor failing to run the distance required causes his team to be disqualified. In the case of a handicap relay race the runner on the first relay is allowed the total handicap allowed each team. Nothing is allowed the others. {To be continued)

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