I've tried doing the long jump before when I was just playing around at the track at school one time. The one thing I really hated about it was getting sand in my shoes after the jump. Do the athletes wear special shoes to stop this, or do they have some way to get all of the sand out in between jumps?
Also, what are some of the tips for getting a farther jump. When I watch on TV it seems like one of the tricks is to get your legs as close to your body as you can. I guess that would get rid of some wind resistance and give more distance between you and the sand. I'm sure there are several other things the long jumpers do that I haven't caught onto.