The runners might encounter any kind of weather, including freezing temperatures, fog, rain, or snow.
The goal, which is well preserved at the upper end, is similar to that at Olympia; it consists of a sill of stone sunk level with the ground, with parallel grooves for the feet of the runners at starting, and sockets to hold the posts that separated the spaces assigned to the various competitors, and served as guides to them in running.
After the roots are formed, the strings are cut through, and the runners become independent plants.
Violets that are wanted for winter flowering will now be growing freely, and the runners should be trimmed off.
The whistling sound of the runners on the snow and the voices of girls shrieking were heard from different sides.