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Off to the Races

Off to the Races

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  1. Mark a 15'- to 20'-long starting line in the grass.
  2. Put 2 markers (e.g. cones, wooden posts, or buckets) 20' to 30' away from the starting line, and 10' to 15' feet away from each other.

At the Party:
  1. Divide the children into two equal teams.
  2. Have the teams line up, single file, behind the starting line.
  3. Make sure there is one marker directly across from each line of players.
  4. When you say, "Go!" the first player in each line runs to the opposing marker, makes a U-turn around it, and runs back to the start line to tag the next player.
  5. The tagged player then runs to the marker, makes a U-turn, and runs back to tag the next player.
  6. Play continues in this fashion until every player on one team has completed the relay. The first team to finish wins the race.


You can set up a relay course that loops back around like a race track. In this case, each player runs around the entire course before tagging the next player in line. The first team to cycle through all of its players wins.