Baton Chain Run
A pacing activity that teaches running at a controlled pace and develops the ability to surge
Tags: high school, pacing
- Split your team into groups of 5-12 runners of roughly equal ability.
- Give each group a baton.
- Have athletes run in a single-file line at a slow to moderate pace.
- While running, athletes pass the baton back so it travels to the end of the line.
- After getting the baton, the last runner sprints to the front of the line.
- Once at the front, this new leader begins passing the baton back, and so on.
- For a more playful version, decide on a subject category (e.g. college football teams) and have each runner call out something that falls within that category upon receiving the baton.
- More experienced runners can eliminate the baton and spread out for a smoother stride and a longer surge. In this version runners shout "go" as they reach the front of the line, cueing the runner at the end of the line to start sprinting.
- The purpose of the baton is to help keep the group together, but ultimately it is the leader's job to keep the line intact by maintaining the established pace.
- The line pace should be slower than a typical long run due to the amount of sprinting in the activity.
- Remind runners to surge to the front quickly.
- Make sure the line stays together.
- Have runners maintain good running form.
Duration / Reps: 2-5 miles
When: As the main workout
You Need: One baton for every group of 5-12 runners
- Teaches running at a controlled pace which improves a runner's ability to cover longer distances at faster speeds
- Develops the ability to surge and break away from competitors
- Builds team camaraderie, motivation, and support, which are important for success