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By Joey Blum
The Chronicle 



January 30, 2020

In both races, runners form a tight pack. Running in a pack allows trailing runners to "draft" off of front-runners. Drafting is a means of conserving energy, and sometimes racers take turns at the front. In-race awareness to avoid hazards and coordinated efforts of other runners is also essential. A lot is going on.

Contact is possible, even strategic, and runners need to avoid getting boxed in, jostled, tripped, nicked by errant spikes or hit with an occasional elbow. A slip-up in the 800 will likely doom a runner's chance at victory, but in the 1500 a small mishap might be overcome.

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