The runners should abide by the following rules in order to complete a race −
Sprinters should run in designated lanes and cannot cross lanes, throughout the race.
In races with bunched starts, athletes can break inside. In 800-meter race, they start from staggered positions and can break inside after the first bend.
In longer races of 1500 meters, 5000 meters, and 10000 meters, athletes can break inside after the start.
Sprinters shouldn’t step on white lines that mark their lanes throughout the race.
Sensors are placed in the starting pistol and at the blocks. In case of a false start, the athlete is disqualified.
Before giving the ‘set’ command or before firing the starter gun, athletes cannot touch the other side of the start line with their hands or feet.
Athletes should not obstruct other athletes during the race.
If an athlete is obstructed, the referee may order the race to be held again, or he may ask the athlete to take part in the next round.
Athletes may leave the track voluntarily before the race ends, but they cannot come back to the track else they will be disqualified.