A relay is one of the most electrifying sporting activities to take part in or to watch. Whether at the Olympic games or a high school track meet, It is always the most anticipated event.
It is a racing competition where members of a team take turns completing parts of racecourse. An event of shared camaraderie and teamwork. This is an experience many runners never get to experience simply because running is such an individualized sport. Participants gain the chance to be part of a team that works together to reach the finish line. It offers an opportunity to learn more about each other and the sport-an invaluable aspect of the entire experience.
Few people exemplify skill and teamwork better than a well-trained relay team. Though each member of a team may have the skills for the sport, skill alone isn’t enough. Practice, precision, coordination, communication, trust, commitment, consistency amongst others must be on point. The teams must practice together to get their timing and execution just right. It takes a great deal of teamwork to produce a great performance in a relay event.
The runners must pass the baton from one to the next within a predefined zone. If they fail to make the handoff within that zone, they are disqualified. At the same time, the runner receiving the baton cannot start their leg of the race from a complete stop. The amount of time they’d lose would be astronomical. That means the runner handing off the baton and the runner receiving the baton must time their running perfectly so that the second runner can pick up speed while still receiving the baton within the zone. This requires a level of precision that can only be developed with practice and considerable communication. When a team masters this aspect of running a relay and combines it with phenomenal skill, they can accomplish an incredible performance that is very fulfilling.
Like running a relay race, running a successful business requires more than just having talented people. You could hire people who are absolutely genius in their respective roles, but if they can’t communicate well together, they won’t accomplish much. As such a relay provides the ultimate lesson for workplace teamwork combined with loads of fun, which makes the lessons easy to deliver.
Building a successful team in a professional environment requires finding employees who can accomplish their jobs effectively, but also fit together as a group. When a relay team is working together, they understand how their roles fit together to form a cohesive team. As such a relay is a fantastic way to develop and enhance teamwork.
Fitness With David a fitness outfit by David one of the fastest and most influential recreational runners in the country with a Marathon time of 2:38:59 (Berlin 2019) and who has taken part in numerous marathons locally, regionally and internationally including 5 out of the 6 largest marathons in the world has organized a relay dubbed “The Nairobi Marathon Relay” to be held on the 19th of May 2021.
Recreational running is a major economic activity worldwide with races like London and New York Marathon that host over 40,000runners having a huge economic impact in their cities from proceeds from the run registrations, accommodation for runners, supporters and organizers, restaurants, tour destinations and many more. This is something that Fitness With David hopes to develop locally.
The relays theme is “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable” depicting the power of togetherness-The strength of teamwork. Runners are to form teams of 6 each to run 7 kms each to make the marathon 42.2 kms. (the last runner runs 7.2 kms) The race is to take place on the now popular FWD “Vienna loop” in Karen. The loop distance is 3.5 kms so each runner runs 2 loops and hands over a baton to the next runner. The relay is targeting 7 teams
We hope to partner with various corporates and individuals in what is certainly going to be an electrifying experience.