Track Etiquette

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26/09/2003 at 13:43
I’m about to start using an outdoor running track for intervals, and I’m just wondering if there are any “rules” for sharing the track with others?

Also can anyone tell me difference in distance between a lap of the inside lane and outdside lane??


26/09/2003 at 13:46
When someone whizzes around the track and shouts "TRACK!" Get outta the way!
26/09/2003 at 13:50
If you think you'll be slower than other track users, use the outside lanes.
26/09/2003 at 13:53
trip up any cocky show offs who run past much faster than you!

26/09/2003 at 13:56
specially if they are called Jon!
26/09/2003 at 13:56
26/09/2003 at 14:04
Run your intervals in the inside lane.
If there are a few of you, run in single file so you do not block the track.
Do your recovery jog on either the grass on the infield or in the outer lanes.
If someone shouts “TRACK” when you are doing your the intervals, ignore them – if you are doing your jog, then get out of the way quickly !!
Before starting a rep, check behind to make sure nobody is coming up too fast.
Now the fun part – if you are doing your rep and somebody is standing / jogging in the inside lane, shout “TRACK” as loud as you can and watch them jump ;o)

Each lane is just over 6metres longer than the one inside it (as I now know after getting a similar question wrong a couple of weeks ago!)
26/09/2003 at 14:08
Tracks can get pretty crowded on training nights. Its considered to be poor form to plod around and hog the inside lane. You'll find that the sprinters can be a bit arrogant and like to charge around in packs and take up about five lanes for their stretching exercises.

Eldest daughter had a run in with one L.Christie and his mates over this at a warm weather training camp not so long ago. Not being one to take any sh*te (wonder where she gets that from?) he wasn't left in any doubt as to what she thought.

There's about 100m difference per lap between inner and outer lanes on an eight lane olympic track.

In track races its considered to be polite to move out to the second or third lane when the leaders lap you !!
26/09/2003 at 14:09
Thats 50m difference. Sorry.
26/09/2003 at 14:20
Don't stand still on the track. Never change speed significantly or change lanes without a glance over your shoulder.

It all comes down to looking around you and trying to keep out of other people's way. And if someone is faster than you, they have the right to the inside lane.
26/09/2003 at 14:24
Although this isn't the case in races anymore...
26/09/2003 at 14:33
true of course. But for training...
26/09/2003 at 15:16
If you want to have some fun, run round the track the other way (ie. clockwise).
26/09/2003 at 15:23
Oh, and if they're doing the javelin, best to use the track if you want to get to the other side.

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