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    I haven't seen a shuttle hurdles relay since I was a kid -- I remember it was a staple of my school's annual meet, but disappeared before I started running -- so I have a question: How does each runner know when it is time to take off? A shoulder touch from his/her teammate? An official signal?
    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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    A scratch line is either on the track, or a piece of tape is laid down. The federation rule books usually have the distance from the start line. I would imagine that many just use a common start/finish line in HS meets.

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    • #3
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      And the point of a shuttle relay (for beyond 10 year olds), is exactly what.......?

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      • #4
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        It's pretty hard to run over high hurdles in the curve with a baton in your hand...
        Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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        • #5
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          it seems you post a lot on this site...so, let me ask the question again...what team has the fastest 4x400 meter time in the nation or world this year, so far...and who has the best 400 meter time in the nation or world this year..so far??

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          • #6
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            The point is like any other relay, to test the depth of a team in a particular event. The scratch line is 3' (I believe) from the start line. 2 lanes per team. Strangely enough, Bellaire, Ohio sponsors a large high school meet, at one time hosting over 80 schools from 6+ states. During this period, to get all potential scoring shuttle teams in the same heat, they ran 8 teams at once, one lane per team. Yes, two runners had to clear the hurdle the wrong direction and the scratch/start line was insane. It was also a site to watch without a pullover capability of the hurdles. Chaotic & dangerous, yes! Fun to watch. Also, yes!

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            • #7
              Re: shuttle hurdles relay

              >it seems you post a lot on this site...so, let me ask the question again...what
              >team has the fastest 4x400 meter time in the nation or world this year, so
              >far...and who has the best 400 meter time in the nation or world this year..so
              >far??

              Did you mean me? And did you mean women or men? I'm proud to say my U. of Texas team has the fastest 4x4 this year. Individual 400, I would have guessed Sanya Richards, but I just cheated and checked the IAAF lists and see that a Russian ran sub-50 indoors.
              "Run fast and keep turning left."

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              • #8
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                About the Bellaire Meet: I can't believe they would allow such a dangerous event. As a hurdler myself, I can't fathom even going over a small hurdle the wrong way. Surely coaches would have protested to such a disasterous idea. I would also think that officials would have never allowed runners to actually race over hurdles the wrong way. I would have chickened out of a race like that.

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                • #9
                  Re: shuttle hurdles relay

                  when I THINK of shuttle hurdles WINSTON-SALEM TC comes to mind in early 6o's.

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                  • #10
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                    sunkilmoon, The practice stopped in the early 80's but I do not remember coaches doing anything but shaking their head at how dumb it seemed. As horrible as it was to go over the wrong way, the scratch areas were worse. 16 runners coming and going at once. Turning shoulders to get by, tripping, collisions, and of course the intentional things. I remember a guy by the name of Marshall Parks (eventual Big 10 champ @ Michigan), a large burly guy, send several teams flying like bowling pins. It was a lawsuit waiting to happen.

                    Satch, As a student of hurdling, please elaborate on WSTC.

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