“That is my favorite race,” I say to myself somewhat sarcastically every time I finish running in a dizzying circle around the Zeoli Fieldhouse track. In between heaving breaths, these words collapse into the sentence that sums up how I feel about running track in the simplest way possible. When the race ends, the words are somewhat ironic given the complete exhaustion I feel. But the words also ring true, because of the amazing feeling of accomplishment.
Track relays are unique events. They are an uncommon combination of individual and team competition. Your teammates are not on the track with you when you run, yet it is the combination of all four times that determine victory or defeat. There is a feeling of satisfaction of individual achievement coupled with the excitement of team camaraderie.