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 Post subject: How many laps = 1 mile?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 9:45 pm 
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hey everyone!

Assuming the high school track I jog in is regulation size, how many laps = 1 mile? And more importantly, from which lane? I've heard it said that 4 laps will equal a mile, but obviously, the #1 lane is a bit smaller than the #9 lane. Does anyone know which lane (innermost or outermost or middle?) is the one that people refer to when they quote the 4 lap = 1 mile equation? Thanks!!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 12:22 am 
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Most likely you have a 400 meter track. A mile is a little bit over 4 laps. On the inner-most lane. If you have a 440 yard track, then it's exactly 4 laps on the inner lane.


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 Post subject: RE: 4 laps = 1 mile.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 1:37 am 
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Thanks for the response! You confused me a bit though, with the measuring system. 400 meters vs. 440 yard tracks? Are meters and yards roughly equivalent? Are most tracks built for meters or yards in mind? Finally (thanks for putting up with my ignorance), do you know how much more each subsequent lane 2-9 measure per lap in relation to the inner-most lane? Thanks again!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:15 am 
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440 yards is slightly more than 400 meters. Old tracks in the U.S. are generally 440 yards (exactly a quarter mile). New tracks are metric system (400 m). Inner lane is the shortest lane and one loop is exactly 440 yards or 400 meters, depending on which type of track it is. Here's one site that has all of the distance conversions for each lane: http://www.philsport.com/narf/atrack.htm


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 Post subject: Thanks again formationflier
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:30 am 
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The track calculator was very helpful! I appreciate the time you took to answer my questions and can now plan my workouts in more detail. Thanks again.


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