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By Joey Blum
The Chronicle 


Welcome to ... the 'Exchange Zone'


February 13, 2020

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Eight teams of four runners each take their places on a 400-meter oval track. Eight runners start the race carrying the Holy Grail, a colored baton they must hand to the next runner.

If the handoff is too slow, momentum is lost. If the handoff is too fast, runners risk dropping the baton or "overrunning" the 30-meter window where the baton must be passed.

So much depends on the transfer of a stick, with Gold, Silver or Bronze medals at stake – testimony to coordination, speed and synchronicity.

You think you're at the track, but in fact, you're in the Exchange Zone!

There are three rela...

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