The sprints include the events, 60m (indoors), 100m, 200m, 300m and the 400m.
Sprinting events have vigorous muscle movements so warming up properly is very important, also doing the right drills can are very important. If the drills and warming up is not done then injury is bound to appear. You have been warned! See the drills and warming up page for more information.
Equipment for the sprints include; starting blocks and spikes. Starting blocks give a good start but if you are young or a beginner you don’t have to use them, so don’t panic. If you want blocks then talk to your coach or anyone who knows about them. You can’t just race in them straight away, they need practice and getting use to. Spikes make a lot of difference. If the track is wet then the spikes will give you more grip to grip the ground with. But when its not raining they will still give you the grip and maybe win you races. But remember don’t depend on equipment to win you races. If you can’t find any blocks or spikes then have a look at our links page and go to one of the shops there and you will be happy.
When you sprint the start is important. This is where the blocks come in handy if properly used. On the, “on your marks” you should get down into the crouch position and wait for the starter to say, “set”. Don’t move once everyone is down or the starter will have to start again. This is very annoying for the other runners. Then when the starter says, “set” you should move into “set” position and then as soon as the starter shots the gun and not before or not after you should push of the ground or the blocks and keep low and gradually move upwards as you move. This should win you the race of course if you keep on sprinting to the finish line and not slow down at the end. If it helps try to think that the finish line is 5 metres the other side of the line.
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