relay race

relay race

Race between teams in which each team member successively covers a specified portion of the course. In track events, such as the 4 100-m and 4 400-m relays, the runner finishing one leg passes a baton to the next runner while both are running within a marked exchange zone. In swimming competitions, such as the 4 100-m and 4 200-m freestyle races and the 4 100-m medley, the swimmer completing one leg touches the edge of the pool to signal the start of the next teammate's leg.

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