Question by  Kayla (144)

Is a college track 1/4 mile long?

I want to start a running program and there is a college track near my house I was going to use.


Answer by  jangell700 (101)

Yes, the traditional track is 400yards, or 1/4 mile unless otherwise posted. They are all kept this way so it is easier in competitions.

posted by Anonymous
400 meters is not a 1/4 it is slightly shorter then a 1/4 mile. 1/4 miles is 402 meters so if you ran a mile on a 400 meter track you would have to run an additional 6 meters to finish.  add a comment

Answer by  ataylor (48)

College tracks are 400 Meters around in lane 1, and are generally considered 1/4 mile. Four times around the track is 1600 meters, which is 9 meters short of a full mile. Colleges and High schools run the 1600 Meters at meets and only occasionally run a full mile to provide an opportunity for someone to break four minutes.


Answer by  keg88 (31)

Yes, it is 1/4 mile around the inside lane of a college track. The outer lanes have a marking for where you should start and end to make 1/4 mile, or 400 meters. Also, the lanes should be marked every 100 meters.

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