It's Ridiculous Relay time again! Join the fun Tuesday, 11/1 at 5:30 PM at the Cornell Botanic Gardens

Because all workouts and no play make for dull training, we’re going to close out the 2022 XC workout season with another installment of the Ridiculous Relay on our last Tuesday before Daylight Saving Time steals our evening light. (But stay tuned, I’m working on moving us to the indoor track!)

Here’s the deal. Meet at the bowl in the Cornell Botanic Gardens by 5:30 PM. After a warmup, we’ll assemble by the Yield sign at the almost-400m loop at the top of the far hill in the Arboretum. If you’re on the late side, come straight up to the hill and we’ll figure out how to work you in.

We’ll match up the fastest and slowest runner, the next-fastest and next-slowest, and so on, and then assemble pairs of people into four-person teams. Then one set of people from each team will start. Here’s the twist. Within each set, the runners run in opposite directions until they meet, exchange a baton, and then turn around and run back the way they came to the start. That way the faster runners run farther and the slower runners run shorter, but they both run for about the same amount of time. The pace will be fairly fast—roughly mile race pace. But pace yourself because it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and run too fast early on.

Once the first set of runners both make it back to the start, their team’s second set of runners go, and the first set gets to rest and cheer for their other runners. While all this is happening, the other teams’ runners are doing the same thing. The winning team will get all their runners back first after all sets of runners have done 8 reps.

We’ll once again be rocking the batons, so you’ll have to exchange one of our standard track batons with your paired runner. And, of course, the person returning with the baton will have to hand off to the next runner on their team at the start/finish too. Points will be awarded for particularly stylish handoffs and deducted for baton drops.

Join us and embrace the chaos! All are welcome, even if you haven’t previously come to one of these workouts.

The workouts are free and open to all FLRC members , but everyone must sign an online waiver once for 2022. It’s the same as for the FLRC group runs, so if you’ve signed that one this year, no need to do so again—check Webscorer to see if you already signed.)

Any questions? Hope to see you on Tuesday night!