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In today’s Physical and Health Education class, we will be learning about Middle and Long Distance Races
Middle and Long Distance Races
Middle Distance and Long Distance running races are the track running events which take place over standard distances. Middle Distance includes 800 meters and 1,500 meters while the Long Distance includes 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and 3,000 meters 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 meters
The 800 meters is a common track running event that takes place on a 400 meter outdoor track and is the shortest middle-distance running event. In this event the athlete runs over two laps of the 400 meter track if the event is part of Summer Olympics whereas in Winter Olympics this event is conducted on a 200 meter indoor track and the athlete in this case has to take four laps of the track.
- 1500 meters
The 1500 meters is the prime middle -distance track event in Athletics. This event is equivalent to 1.5 kilometers or approximately 0.93 miles. In the 1500 meter running the athlete runs over three and three-quarter laps around a standard 400 meter track. Athletes make a bunched start and break immediately for the inside lane.
Long Distance Running Events
Long-distance running event is a form of continuous running over a certain distance that not only requires endurance, pace but most of all stamina.
The present two types of events that are conducted by the International Association of Athletics federation (“IAAF”) as a part of Long–distance running are:
1) 5000 meters
The 5000 meters is a common Long-Distance running event in which the athlete runs over 12-and-a-half- laps of a standard 400 meter track. This event is equal to the same distance in road running that is called a 5K run. The main difference in these two events is the distance being referred to in kilometers and meters.
2) 10000 meters
The 10000 meters is a Long-Distance running event in which the athlete runs over 25 laps around a standard 400 m track. This event is equal to the same distance in road running that is called 10K run. The main difference in these two events is the distance being referred to in kilometers and meters.
3) 3000 meters Steeplechase
The 3000 meters steeplechase is the most common distance for the steeplechase in track and field. It is an obstacle race over a distance of 3000 meters that has its name derived from the horse racing steeplechase. In this distance, the number of laps depends on the water jump’s position on the track. Athletes make a bunched start and break immediately for the inside lane.
Did you know that Races commonly known as “Middle-Distances” took place for the first time in the Ancient Olympics Games and were later revived in the middle of the 19th century?
In summary, Athletes use lightweight shoes with a maximum of 11 cleats of 9 mm. Shoes for 800m usually have no heels while those for 1500m do have heels. For long running events they opt for flexible running shoes that absorb the impact of each stride.
Explain the term, “Middle and Long Distance Races.”
What are the present two types of events that are conducted by the International Association of Athletics federation (“IAAF”) as a part of Long–distance running?
Explain the responsibilities of the International Association of Athletics federation
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