If you thought relay races were just for middle school field days, then you haven’t met thiskind of relay. The 200-mile, 2-day, 12-person relay race format that has taken off recently has made running into a true team sport. 

But despite the intense mileage, they’re not just for elite athletes, says Tanner Bell, co-founder and president of the Ragnar Relay Series, which hosts 15 relays across the U.S each year. Relays are one of the most accessible forms of distance running out there, he says. And not just because you run three times and get breaks in between, but because you have a team depending on you.

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