Runners learn to keep up with the rest of the pack and keep within striking distance of the race leader.


  • This drill can be run as a group or with just partners.

How it Works

  1. Designate one runner as the leader and the other(s) as the trailer(s).
  2. The leader should change up their race tactics as they run the event – and the other runners are to try to keep within a ‘touching’ distance.

Coaching Tips

  • A good rule of thumb to stress to your 800m runners is to try to stay at a point where they can reach out and touch the lead runner.
  • You may want to run this drill more than once to simulate true race tactics.