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Relay Race Ideas for Youth Group: 11 Active Games for Kids

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Relay race ideas aren’t just for children. Preteens and teens enjoy active team games too. As a bonus, these ideas can tie into the lessons you teach in youth group and Sunday school classes.

Relay races also make great icebreakers at the beginning of a youth class or meeting. Plus, they help teens burn off excess energy before they sit and listen to you teach or preach. Whether you play for fun or competition, kids will have a blast with these high-energy games.

If you’ve “run” out of relay race ideas (pun intended!), we have you covered. Check out this awesome collection of active relays for preteens and teens.

11 Relay Race Ideas for Teen Youth Groups

Choose a theme that fits your lesson and an activity level that best fits your group.

1. Water Relay Races for Kids

If weather permits, head outside for classic relay race fun. Check out this site’s long list of race games that involve water and assorted messiness.

2. Watch Your Step!

Some of the challenging relay race ideas here involve special instructions. For example, racers must walk or run by placing their heel to their toe, requiring very short steps.

3. Backseat Driver

This driving-simulation relay race is perfect for new drivers! It’s one of several super-fun relays that older children and teens will love.

4. Youth Group Relay Games

Seal Racing, anyone?! Or how about Couples Crab Walk? Get creative with this long list of relay race ideas.

5. Human Hurdle

Set safety rules when playing any relay race games…especially this one!

6. Golf Ball Waiter Relay

Players will test their speed and balance with this relay race. PRO TIP: Use it to introduce a lesson about the challenges of serving other people!