Different Types Of Running Events

For people who love running so much and for those who have been doing runs for a long time, it’s unsurprising to take the challenge up a notch and join a running race.

If you feel that you’re ready to take your running skills to new heights, there are different types of running events or competitions to choose from. They vary in terms of distance and challenges each type entails.

Track running is a race of individual runners; participants are set to cover distances on oval tracks. Track running is sub-categorized according to distance:

• Sprint or Short-distance running: This type of race requires runners to cover 100 meters, 200 meters, or 400 meters at their top speed to determine who the winner is.
• Middle-distance running: The distances required to be covered by this race are 800 meters, 1500 meters or 1,609.32 meters, also known as mile run.
• Long-distance running: 3000 meters to 10,000 meters are the standard distances for long distance running.

Road running is also a type of race with a large number of competitors. Road running are held on long, well-known roads. 10K runs, half marathons (21097.5 meters), and marathons (42195 meters) are the three standard distances for long runs acknowledged by IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). However, there are also modern forms of marathons which have distances starting from 5k. These are marathons usually set to raise funds for a cause such as charities, rather than being a competition. Some of the most popular annual marathons around the world are Boston Marathon, Virgin Money London Marathon, Napa Valley Marathon and the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris.

Cross-country running is a type of race which takes place on a variety of natural terrain which may include hills, open country, and even water. The competitors may join individually or in groups. Cross country running can be very challenging because the participants need more than speed to win, they should have endurance, strength and skill in working through tough terrains.
Another type of running event is fell running. Fell running originated from the north of England; this type of running is closely related to cross country running—except that fell running takes place on high hills and mountains. Fell running requires more climbing, as well. Just like cross-country running, fell running requires more than just speed. One of the challenges of fell running is being able to navigate through mountains and being able to climb them as quickly (and as safely) as possible.

These are just the basic types of running events you can join. Just remember to be physically and mentally prepared before participating in the running event of your choice. Aside from training physically, you should also be well-informed about the type of running event you wish to compete in and make sure that you’re fit enough to give it a try.

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