The 5000-metre run (about 3.1 miles or 16,404 feet) is a popular long-distance running event in track and field. It is a track event in the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships that is raced over 12.5 laps on a standard track. The distance was first contested at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics when it was won by American Charles Billick in an unofficial time of 59:43.6. It was made an official event two years later at the Barcelona Games.
A person who rows this distance is called a "rower". There are various methods for measuring the distance of a race between two points. One method is to estimate the length of a mile by multiplying the number of strokes made in rowing's equivalent of a full circle by 2.78. This gives a figure that can be divided by 12 to get the total distance in meters or miles. A second method uses timing lights placed at regular intervals around the course. The time taken to cover the distance in meters is then divided by 10 for estimated miles. Although there are other ways to measure distance in athletics, these two figures are used by most organizations conducting races beyond 100 metres.
In terms of hours, a rower covers about 25 kilometres (16 miles) in under three hours. To put this into context, the average human male can walk approximately 15 km (9 miles) before he needs to rest, while the average female can walk about 11 km (7 miles).
121/2 laps The 5000-meter run is a common long-distance running event in track and field, about comparable to 3 miles, 188 yards, or 16,404 feet and 2 inches. It is a track event in the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships that is run over 121/2 laps on a standard track. The distance was popularized at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics when American Robert Fowler won with an average speed of 19:57.0. It remains the longest continuous race in the Olympics.
In fact, it's the longest continuous race on earth, period. The marathon is considered the premier ultramarathon with various distances being competed over multiple days. Your typical 5K is not enough to be called an "ultra" anything! But don't worry, there are more extreme versions for those who want to push themselves further. The 50K is about as far as most people will go based on health and time constraints. The 100K is regarded as the true ultramarathon with few completing it in one day. And the marathon is considered the ultimate test of endurance given its length and the number of calories burned.
In addition to the Olympics, the 5000-meter run also occurs as a final event in the World Athletics Championships.
The 1500 m, or 1,500-metre run (usually pronounced "fifteen hundred metres"), is athletics' primary middle distance track event. Since 1896, the event has been held at the Summer Olympics, and since 1983, it has been held at the World Championships in Athletics. It is equal to 1.5 kilometers, or around 15/16 mile. The current world record is 9:01.79, set by David Rudisha of Kenya at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
The distance was originally known as the half marathon race, but this term is now used for events that are longer than 1500 meters. Half marathons usually last from about 60 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes. Marathons take one hour to complete and are usually between 80 and 100 miles long. A sprint marathon covers less than five hours and ranges from 10K races which last from 30 minutes to an hour to full-distance races which can be as long as 42.195 km (26.219 mi).
In addition to its use in the Olympics and World Championships in Athletics, the 1500m run also forms part of the global athletics circuit, along with major competitions such as the Adidas Adios All-Stars, the Beijing International Marathon, the Golden League, the Japan Championships in Athletics, the Korean Open Athletics Championship, the London Grand Prix, the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, the Singapore Sports Hub Meetings, the UAE Emirates Airlines Dubai World Championships, and the World Indoors.
50 metres. In track and field, the 50-meter dash is a sprint event. It is a rather unusual non-championship indoor track and field event that is often dominated by the finest outdoor 100 meter runners. The fastest men on earth can run 50 meters in under 4 seconds. And the best of them can still reach 40 kilometers per hour.
The 50-meter dash is also known as the Sprint Out. During a race, athletes compete individually against the clock for this distance. The winner is the first to cross the line after the warning signal or when there's no more room left on the track. If two or more people reach the line at the same time, they all complete the course.
In terms of athletics events, the 50-meter dash is the shortest of the track and field events. It is held around a straight path or loop while the other events use a large area for their final leg. The starting line for the race is usually placed 20 meters from the finish line with enough space for one runner to pass it before the gun goes off. However, these rules are not always followed and the start line can be as close to the finish line as 10 meters if there's enough space.
In addition to being the shortest distance track event, the 50-meter dash also uses less terrain than most other events.
It's the shortest middle-distance track event. The 800 meters is always an Olympic event and is run over two laps of the track (a 400 meter track). During the indoor track season, the race is often held on a 200-meter track with four laps. 800 meters is about half a mile. To put this in context, it takes about 15 minutes to walk a mile, so this is a very quick race.
The men's record is held by American Justin Gatlin who ran 27.10 seconds in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The women's record is held by Nigerian Emeretta Ikeler who ran 2:23.04 at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956. There are many other famous runners including Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, and Ron Clarke.
In terms of money, the annual world championship for 800 meters costs $150,000. At the Olympics, athletes can win up to $100,000 in gold, silver, and bronze medals. In 2016, the winning prize was $300,000.
Finally, there are 8 hours in a day. So if you divide 800 by 24, you get 33.3333.. Seconds per hour. That's enough time to do eight splits of the mile.