Middle Distance Races II

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In today’s Physical Education Class class, we will be learning about Middle Distance Races II

Middle Distance Races II

middle distance races II

 

Middle Distance and Long Distance running 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.

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 metres

The 5000 metres is a common Long-Distance running event in which the athlete runs over 12-and-a-half- laps of a standard 400 metre 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 kilometres and metres.

2) 10000 metres

The 10000 metres 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 kilometres and metres.

3) 3000 metres Steeplechase

The 3000 metres steeplechase is the most common distance for the steeplechase in track and field. It is an obstacle race over a distance of 3000 metres 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?

1) 800 metres

The 800m event originated from the 880-yard run which has its roots in the UK in the 1830s. The men’s 800m event was added to the Olympics Games in 1896, Athens, Greece, whereas the first women’s event was conducted at the 1928 Olympic Games at Amsterdam but later dropped and was further added again at Rome in 1960,.

2)  1500 metres

The 1500m originated in continental Europe in the 20th century. The men’s 1500 metres was added to the Olympic Games in 1896, Athens, Greece, whereas the women’s event was inducted in the 1972 Olympic Games, Munich.

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.

Evaluation

Explain the term, “Middle and Long Distance Races.”

 

Reading Assignment

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?

 

Weekend Assignment

Explain one responsibility of the International Association of Athletics federation

 

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