If you want to run a marathon, but not prefer to do with all 26.2 miles, a marathon relay should be a nice option. When you run marathon relays, you would totally enjoy the standard 5k or 10K race, at the same time you could also have the added bonus of team camaraderie. With the satisfactory team work, you could be able to run your fastest marathon!
- At first, you should join in a group of runners who share the similar goals with you, for instance, to run for a set finish time, and just want to run for fun so as to burn some calories. If you want to run for hardware,you had better choose the fastest running mates.
- You should be clearly aware about your team goals: just simply run for a “fun” run and to prepare it, go for two-a-day track workouts.
- Between your team mates, you should decide who runs which leg, because most relay marathons are divided into four or five legs covering the distance between three and nine miles for every leg. Although some races would be divided into same distance of each leg, most events split them into varied lengths.
- In traditional track relays, the strongest runner generally acts as anchor and would run the last leg. However, in a marathon relay, you should be much concerned about playing to your team’s strengths, because the last leg is not necessarily the hardest one. So your team should carefully plan accordingly, for instance, your sprinters should take the 5k and let your climbers do with the hills.
- Train for the specific distance you are going to run. If you want to know about how to do it, you could go visit some professional websites.
- You should do some practice of running at the approximate time your leg would begin. Your leg might start two hours after the relay kicks off, and if you don’t typically train at 10 a.m. It is necessary for you to experiment with pre-race eating and other rituals.
- You should be clear about how fast your teammates would run and get in position for the hand-off, because a point-to-point race would need more logistical planning in order that all teammates would be ready to their hand-off points in time. So it is strongly suggested that your team should work out a careful a plan long before race day.