Meaning of Middle Distance Races

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In today’s Physical Education Class, we will be learning about the Meaning of Middle Distance Races

Meaning of Middle Distance Races

middle distance races

Middle Distance races are the track running events which take place over standard distances. Middle Distance includes 800 metres and 1,500 metres while the Long Distance includes 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres and 3,000 metres steeplechase events.

The Middle-distance running events are usually longer than sprints. In these events, the athlete has to run over the fixed distance in the shortest possible time.This type of running requires endurance and pace.

The present two types of events conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federation (“IAAF”) as part of Middle –Distance running are:

  • 800 metres

The 800 metres is a common track running event that takes place on a 400 metre outdoor track and is the shortest middle-distance running event. In this event the athlete runs over two laps of the 400 metre track if the event is part of Summer Olympics whereas in Winter Olympics this event is conducted on a 200 metre indoor track and the athlete in this case has to take four laps of the track.

  • 1500 metres

The 1500 metres is the prime middle -distance track event in Athletics. This event is equivalent to 1.5 kilometres or approximately 0.93 miles. In the 1500 metre running the athlete runs over three and three-quarter laps around a standard 400 metre track. Athletes make a bunched start and break immediately for the inside lane.

In summary, Middle Distance includes 800 metres and 1,500 metres while the Long Distance includes 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres and 3,000 metres steeplechase events.

Evaluation

What are Middle Distance Races?

 

Reading Assignment

Give one example of a Middle Distance Race.

 

Weekend Assignment

What is the difference between Middle Distance Races and Basketball?

 

We hope you enjoyed today’s class. In our next class, we will be talking about Long Distance Races.

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