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  16-Apr-2021      By Travis Geopfert

How to Hurdle: Block Starts Over One Hurdle

This is a start over one hurdle. The blocks are set to take eight steps to the first hurdle. The athlete filmed here is a left leg lead leg with the right foot forward in the blocks. The cones and tape on the ground indicate where the athlete should takeoff and land to minimize flight time. A common mistake is that athletes will take off too close to the first hurdle. This makes the athlete jump over the first hurdle instead of sprinting through the first hurdle. Taking off far enough away from the hurdle is extremely important for success in a hurdle race. The distance of takeoff from the first hurdle varies depending on the skill level of the athlete. Most college and professional athletes will take off seven feet from the hurdle, while younger will take off much closer to the hurdle. The center of mass should carry the athlete fluently over the hurdle.

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