4×100 Relay

The 4 × 100 metres relay or sprint relay is an athletics track event run in lanes over one lap of the track with four runners completing 100 metres each. The first runners must begin in the same stagger as for the individual 400 m race. A relay baton is carried by each runner and must be passed within a 20 m changeover box (usually marked by yellow lines) which extends 10 m on either side of each 100 m mark of the race. Another line is marked 10 m further back, marking the earliest point at which the outgoing runner may begin (giving up to 10 m of acceleration before entering the passing zone)

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4×400 Relay

The 4 × 400 metres relay or long relay is an athletics track event in which teams consist of four runners who each complete 400 metres or one lap. It is traditionally the final event of a track meet. At top class events, the first 500 metres is run in lanes. Start lines are thus staggered over a greater distance than in an individual 400 metres race; the runners then typically move to the inside of the track.

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Distance Medley Relay

Distance Medley Relay (DMR) Learn about the event and how to train for itThe distance medley relay (DMR) is an athletic event in which four athletes compete as part of a relay. Unlike most track relays, each member of the team runs a different distance. A distance...
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Competition Events Information

The CFFR is open to athletes ages 3 and above. Athletes aged middle school and older can compete in the 4X100-Meters, the 4X400-Meters, and the distance medley relay (DMR), which is comprised of a 1200-meter leg, a 400-Meter leg, an 800-Meter leg, and a 1600-Meter leg. For younger athletes (ages 3 to 11), four individual sprint races are offered based on age:

30-meter dash (ages 3-4, boys and girls combined)
60-meter dash (ages 5-6, boys and girls combined)
80-meter dash (ages 7-8, boys and girls combined)
100-meter dash (ages 9-11, boys and girls combined)

Athletes middle school-age and older can register for the relay events based on the options and parameters indicated on the Divisions and Categories Table (view/download here). For the relay events, it is recommended that each team have 5 runners: 4 to comprise the core team, and 1 alternate runner to run in place of one of the main 4 in the event of injury or other unforeseen events.

All athletes ages 3 to 11 who participate in the individual sprint races earn a participation ribbon if they are registered before the day of the race. Young athletes who register on Race Day are, regrettably, not guaranteed a ribbon. The top three finishers in each of the dashes earn additional prizes. In the relay events, the top three teams in each age group category earn a beautifully-crafted medal, and the team posting the fastest overall time in each event earns an additional prize. Registration fees for the relay events are $60 per team per event and $5 for each dash event for participants who register by the Early Bird deadline of September 9th, 2017. For participants registering between September 10th, 2017, and September 23rd, 2017 (Race Day), fees are $10 for each children’s dash and $70 per team for each relay event.

Relay teams and parents of individual young athletes may register for the CFFR by downloading the event Registration Form  (available here) and CFFR Waiver of Liability (available here), and completing and submitting them with the payment due by cash or check (addressed to Carbondale Park District/CFFR) in person at the Carbondale Park District’s LIFE Community Center at 2500 West Sunset Drive in Carbondale, Illinois, 62901, or by mailing forms with check payments only to the same address. (Please do not mail cash payments with registration forms.)

Interested participants are strongly encouraged to register using the downloadable paper registration form, available here and under the Forms, Flyers, and Tables link under the main menu, in-person at the LIFE Community Center, or by mail. Alternatively, registration can be completed online by typing “CFFR” in the Search box of the Carbondale Park District’s online registration page here: Online Services. However, as a convenience fee will apply with this method of registration, economically-minded participants are encouraged to apply using the downloadable registration option. Participants registering for events online MUST complete and submit a CFFR Waiver of Liability to complete their registration. Waivers should be mailed or delivered in-person to the Carbondale Park District at: LIFE Community Center, 2500 West Sunset Drive, Carbondale, Illinois, 62901.