Long distance running

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In athletics, long distances are running distances longer than an English mile (1609 m).

Disciplines and distances

One differentiates:

In addition to the distances already mentioned, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) maintains record lists for the following routes:

  • Web run: 2000 m, 3000 m , 20,000 m, 25,000 m, 30,000 m and hourly
  • Road run: 10 km, 15 km, 20 km, half marathon (21.097 km), 25 km, 30 km and 100 km

The German Athletics Association organizes German championship competitions over the following routes:

  • Track: 5000 m, 10,000 m and 3000 m in the hall
  • Road run: 10 km, half marathon, marathon and 100 km

On February 16, 2018, the DLV Association Council decided on some changes in the DLV regulations at its meeting in Bochum. As of April 1st, 2018:

Then there are the cross-country runs and the mountain run .

Other popular distances in road running are 5 miles (or 8 km) and 10 miles (= 16.093 km).

Long-distance running also includes cross-country or cross-country runs , which were an Olympic discipline from 1912 to 1924 and which are still part of the modern pentathlon today. Another former Olympic discipline was the 3,000-meter team run.

There are also long-distance relay races such as the Ekiden from Japan .


The training in long-distance running is culture-specific and depends on the routes that are to be run. At least once a week a distance should be run that is of a similar length to the target distance in order to get the metabolism used to the corresponding load.

Individual running

Outside of competitions, there are people who run long distances for various reasons.

As a kind of relay race, the Olympic flame is transported over great distances by runners.

The Lithuanian and firefighter Aidas Ardzijauskas started continuously in Dakar (Senegal) on October 25, 2017, had reached Austria via Gibraltar and wanted to walk a total of 8,000 kilometers to Lithuania. His typical daily workload is "at least 80 km".

See also

Web links

Commons : long distance running  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. DLV Association Council resolves regulatory changes and convenes federal committees , meeting in Bochum, at: Leichtathletik.de, from February 21, 2018, accessed on February 21, 2018
  2. Decisions on regulatory changes DLV association council meeting on February 16, 2018 in Bochum , on: Leichtathletik.de, as of: 20. February 2018, accessed February 21, 2018
  3. Arnd Krüger : Many roads lead to Olympia. The changes in training systems for medium and long distance runners (1850–1997) . In: N. Gissel (Hrsg.): Sporting performance in change . Czwalina, Hamburg 1998, pp. 41-56.
  4. Lithuanian runs 8,000 kilometers orf.at, January 16, 2018, accessed on January 16, 2018.