What Is a Sprint Medley Relay?

By Andrea Cespedes

The sprint medley relay, a track and field event, requires that four members of a team run a total of 1,600 meters, with two athletes running 200 meters, one running 400 meters and the final athlete covering 800 meters. A super sprint medley relay covers just 800 meters, broken up into two 100-meter legs, one 200-meter leg and one 400-meter leg.

Not a Common Event

The sprint medley relay is an officially sanctioned event by the USA Track and Field Association, often held at the collegiate or high school levels to give athletes experience in running relays. The event is not offered at the Olympics, which reserves relays to the 4x100 and 4x400. The sprint medley relay isn't held at the NCAA or United States Track and Field championships, either. You may find it at special invitational events, such as the USA versus the World event held in April 2014.


About the Author

Andrea Cespedes is a professionally trained chef who has focused studies in nutrition. With more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, she coaches cycling and running and teaches Pilates and yoga. She is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer, RYT-200 and has degrees from Princeton and Columbia University.

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