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Discussion: relay

in: iansmith; iansmith > 2017-08-12

Aug 12, 2017 10:00 PM # 
Hammer:
I think what would work best are races that have a 'race as far as you can in 8-12hours' format. ie teams of 4-6 that have to complete as many loops of a different courses as they can. that way it has a festival atmosphere and people race multiple times.
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Aug 16, 2017 12:28 AM # 
coach:
And I think it should stand alone, combining with another long event will probably keep people away, from one or the other.
Aug 16, 2017 1:06 AM # 
iansmith:
I'm reluctant to embrace an adventure race style to an orienteering relay. Maybe the relay format can't work - i.e. people don't find it interesting enough, but I want to organize a relay, not an AR.

And @coach, the US relay championships is often de facto its own event. Consider the 2017 Relay Champs in Los Angeles this March - there were a total of 11 3-person teams in all categories. Perhaps the event struggled because of its format of Pre-O, Trail-O, Relay, and Middle, but that attendance reflects complete disinterest in the relay format.

For my own part, grad school precluded too much cross-country travel, but it would have been hard to motivate a 6-8 hour flight to run 9.5 km of orienteering. The amount of quality orienteering I get to do is a major motivator in determining these travel objectives.

Realistically, I think 4-8 km of orienteering the day before a Highlander shouldn't have much impact on performance the next day. I guess the only way to find out is to try both approaches and measure the results.
Aug 16, 2017 7:11 AM # 
Cristina:
Maybe Hammer is on to something with the multiple loops, then. Two-person relays where each person runs two or three loops? Then you can get in more kms and the teams can be smaller. Plus there are more chances to see other people in the forest on various loops.
Aug 17, 2017 4:13 AM # 
Hammer:
Ian, my suggestion was meant as a relay. Let's say you had a teams of four people and 8 hours. organizers could set courses
ranging from 2-10km (say 2, 4, 6, 8, 10). each person can run each course only once. only one runner out at a time (relay) team running the farthest in 8 hours wins.

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