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Events: Athletic: Formation Running



Formation Running

Formation Running Formation running is a thrilling new track event which calls for athletes to run as a team, while physically connected by elastic shock cords attached to their waists. The skill is being able to run in near perfect time with each other. Poor synchronization, especially when the team accelerates, means not only failing to achieve optimum speed, but also increasing the risk of a high speed spill.

Formation running is pure drama. When you have eight teams, each with four runners, all racing round the track at the same time, the sheer number of bodies fused into tight-knit packs of pounding sinew and muscle, surging forward in unison, creates a dynamic power and a synergy unequaled by any other track event. But not only is it one of the most dramatic events, it is also one of the most satisfying. Like rowing, it demands a high degree of team cohesion and it is this, coupled with the excitement it affords both participants and spectators alike, which makes formation running such a unifying experience. Perhaps most exciting of all, formation running enables blind athletes to be included in a team and compete alongside sighted ones and it is hoped that this will happen for the first time at the Fringe Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Formation Running Because race tactics are more complex, good communication between team members is essential, and while some will be by voice, much is intuitive; the team building up a kind of group psyche which enables it to respond in unison to the dictates of the race. It is primarily the greater length of teams which make formation running more tactical. Because passing takes much longer, it is possible for teams to put each other under great pressure. For example, the team running on the inside of the track can allow another team challenging for that position to get almost clear before putting on a surge sufficient to lock it out and hold it in the outer lane.

Formation Running Though many types of formation are possible, initial formation running teams will be made up of twos and fours in line, and threes in a V formation. Consideration is also being given to including mixed sex teams. The elastic shock cords which link the runners at a waist belt are of a defined strength, and a length determined by the aggregate height of the team. The taller the team members, the longer the cords may be to allow for greater stride length. Formation running will be held over a variety of distances and a progressive formation running relay, where the race starts with one runner and picks up another at each stage, ending with four, is likely to be a 4 x 400m. Qualifying times for the first Fringe Games in Christchurch, New Zealand will be posted shortly, along with rules governing lane swinging and full details of cord lengths and strengths.


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