relay races

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Races—in running or swimming, most commonly—in which the team involves a number of individuals (customarily four) who undertake the same distance in sequence. In running, the individual runner must carry a baton for the stage that he or she runs; in swimming, the swimmer must touch the pool edge before the next swimmer launches him- or herself into the water. The appeal of the relay event is that the individuals are balanced on the basis of their varied talents, and errors can be made at points of changeover. The relay therefore introduces an increased element of chance into the event, thus proving popular with the casual and expert spectator alike.

Subjects: Sport and Leisure.

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