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Amanda asked in SportsRunning · 9 months ago

Confused about track?

In track do you just run around one lap, and how long are they and how long are relays

4 Answers

  • 9 months ago
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    A standard outdoor track is 400 meters for one lap. That is slightly less than 440 yards, or 1/4 mile.

    During competitions, different distances are raced. Some are shorter than 400 meters (less than 1 lap). Some are over 400 meters (more than one lap). Some are 400 meters. A 100 meter sprint uses one straightaway, with an extension. Runners in a 3200 meter race would each go around 8 laps.

    For safety, runners in shorter events have to stay in the lanes they were in at the start. If the race includes a curve, this results in a staggered starts: The runners in the inside lanes appear to start farther back than the runners in the outside lanes. But, this is because runners in outside lanes have to run farther when going through a curve.

    If all runners in a staggered start race ran at identical pace, the runner closest to the outside would appear to be in first place, the runner in the next outside would appear to be in second place, and so on. The runner in the inside lane would appear to be in last place. But, as the runners go through the curves, the distance between them would get smaller. As runners exit the last curve and go into the last straightaway, they would be even.

    The two most common relay events are 4 x 100 and 4 x 400. In the first, 4 runners each run 100 meters. In the second, 4 runners each run 400 meters.

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  • .
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Track is short for 'track and field'. There are running events as well as jumping/pole vaulting, etc. In the running events, how many laps you run depends on what distance you're running (there are various distances of races that track runners train for).

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  • angie
    Lv 4
    9 months ago

    Some events involve no running. For example, shot put and discus

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  • 9 months ago

    Depends on the event. One lap is 400m, the straight away is 100m, half a lap is 200m etc. Most relays are 4x100m which would be 4 people each running 100m for the team running a whole lap. Others are 4x400m which would be all 4 members of the team running one lap.

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