Why do athletes run around the track counter-clockwise?

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As the heart is on the left side, for humans and animals, running anticlockwise makes the centrifugal force in the body to act from left to right. Whereas it is from right to left for clockwise running.

Superior venecava takes blood to the heart aided by heart suction. This vein carries blood from left to right. Centrifugal force due to anticlockwise running helps this suction.

If we run clockwise, the centrifugal force impedes suction. That is why, in olden days, health officers ensured that all carnival merri-go-rounds were run only in the anti-clockwise direction.

Racing tracks, animal shows in circuses, bullock-drawn pelt on wheels, all mostly have only left turns. Stairways in temple towers have only left turns for going up.
Clockwise running tires people, especially children, easily.

As we know that if we breathe from left nose hole, cool air will go inside and if we breathe from right nose hole, warm air will go inside. When we run on a circular track anticlockwise, we will breathe from right nose hole .Which will warm up our body and we can run more fast as when we start race, we first warm up our body and then start running.
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How many laps around a running track equals one mile?

"4 laps around a regular track=1 mile" Since the standard for tracks built in the last 20+ years is 400M, then you must go 9.344 meters further than 4 laps. Over 90% of the outdoor tracks in existence are only 400M and will thus require the extra 9.344 meters to equal a true mile. This is why most track meets only run the 1500M or the 1600M and not the mile. Unfortunately, most people erroneously assume that 4 laps equal a mile, due to older tracks being built to a non-metric standard of 440 yards. If you want to finish on the common start/finish line and you'd like to run/walk a mile, then you should start at the beginning of the 4x400M relay exchange zone, which is 10 meters before the finish line. By doing that you will run/walk about 1 meter more than 1 mile, but you won't be short of a mile, as you would be if you only do 4 laps.

What is the best way to get the best time running around a track?

Answer . your supposed to start off at your own pace then slowly start to speed up when you feel comfortable or if your running 3 laps then on your 1 and a 1/2 lab speed it up. then when your getting to the end give it all you got and thts all any one can ask of you so you should be happy with your time even if you came in last. when you run try landing on your heels then roll to your toes take deep, long breaths in through your nose and out your mouth it keeps your side from hurting. then make sure you didnt just eat or else it will way you down. then drank plenty of water cuz you cant stop and drank when your in a race. just do tht and listen to your coach and youll be find.

Why do athletes run 1500 meter races and not 1600 meters being that 1600 is closer to a mile and four full laps around a 400m track?

While 1600m is closer to a true mile, there is no specific reason why internationally the 1500m is ran instead of the 1600m. The 1500m race started in the late 1800s in Europe, most likely as a metric version of the 1 mile race the Americans were running during that time. Once the metric system became the widely accepted measurement standard throughout most of the world the 1500m was officially adopted by International competition. With a record book spanning over 100 years for the 1500m race, it is unlikely the 1600m will become an official International race. The 1600m however, is most commonly ran in Highschool track.

How many laps around a track would a runner run for 1.5 miles?

Around a track that is 400m around to run 1.5 miles you would have to run 6 laps. 4 laps is one mile. Since 400 meters is a little over 8 feet short of a quarter mile, you would actually have to go about 50 feet past the 6 lap mark for a more precise mile and a half.

What do athletes run on?

Depends.. the professional athletes mainly run on specially designed synthetic tracks or sometimes on grass.. but ive also seen concrete, fake grass.....

What are the measurements of an athletic track for track and field?

The track is exactly 400 meters long and is 1/4 of a mile You mean the distance around the track. Officially that should be 400 meters, though there are exceptions made at some tracks. A local school might build an odd distance track due to space limitations, or, particularly in the USA there are legacy imperial tracks that are 440 yards remaining. Since most meets are conducted in metric distances, in these situations you would see extra start or finish lines painted in lane one of the track to compensate. Technically, the outside edge of the white line around the inside edge of a track should be about 399.37 meters, or the outer edge of a raised curb around the track would be 399.06 meters. The measurement rules measure the distance 20 cm or 30 cm into the track, where the center of the runner might be if they were running the shortest possible (legal) course (not stepping on or inside the line, not stepping on the curb). The further you go away from the center of a circle, the greater the distance around the perimeter. Meaning when you move out from the line or the curb, possibly into other lanes, you are going further. Each lane thus has a staggered start line, so runners who stay in an outer lane are given a head start to compensate. All runners starting at the proper lines ultimately run the same distance. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_exact_measurement_of_track_and_field#ixzz25e0d8EuU

What is it called when one runs one lap around the track during at track meet?

On an outdoor track it will be announced as the 400 meter dash. In practice we call them quarters because it is a quarter of a mile. If it is an indoor track it may be shorter, if so it is called the 200 meter dash. For outdoor tracks Laps Distance Name . 1/4 100 meters straight . 1/2 200 meters half-lap . 1 400 meters quarter . 2 800 meters half-mile . 4 1600 meters mile . 8 3200 meters two-mile . Indoor tracks are usually 200 meters, half as long, and athletes run different distances. If you divide the distances by 2 for an indoor track you will have the correct distances. Hopefully this answers your question!

What is running track about?

Running track is about you. Ive ran track for 5 years now. I have grown up learning that if your not doing it for yourself then your not going to enjoy it. There is also the physical asspect that helps you get in shape and stay in shape.

How many laps around a running track equals a marathon?

Since 1921, the IAAF has stated that a marathon's distance is standardized at 42.195K or 26 miles and 385 yards. If you are using a standard 400M track, and running exclusively in lane 1, then you will need to complete 105.4875 laps in order to complete a marathon or essentially 105 and 1/2 laps. If you use an outer lane, then you will not need to run as many laps.

Why are some athletics running tracks faster than others?

The main reasons an athletic track would be "faster" than others are the age of the court, quality of installation, and weather conditions. Altitude, surface used, age of surface, prevailing wind and weather conditions, and many other factors.

How far around a running track in lane 2?

A little more than 400 meters. To be more precise, the line you run around in a track which has an inside lane of 400 metres, and lane width of 1.27 metres including one lane marking, is 407.980 metres.

If you run around each lane of a standard 8 lane track how far have you run?

Begin in lane one, then lane 2, 3, etc. through lane 8, for aconvenient way to keep track of how many laps you've run. If the width of the lanes is 1.27 m (50 inches), and you run aroundthe track once in each lane you will have run 400 + 408.99 + 415.959 + 423.939 + 431.918 + 439.898 + 447.878 +455.857 = 3424.4 metres. Each lane is about 8 m longer than theprevious one. Suggestion: switch lanes at a consistant position on a straightsection of track. Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_far_is_it_if_you_do_lane_1_through_8_on_a_track#ixzz1RkQgd8tw .

Why horses run counter-clock direction on the race track?

You are referring, I assume, to U.S. racing, as Europeans race clockwise (as do the Aussies I believe). I think the tradition began simply as a way of the early colonists thumbing their noses at the King, wanting to do things on the new continent differently than in England (similar to driving on the left in the USA). This is what I've read--let me know if you find a better answer! --Jeff

How many times do you have to run around a track to run a km?

Seems to me like that would depend on the distance around the track. They're not all the same, you know. If it's an American high school 1 / 4 -mile track, like around the football field, then that's 2.485 times around it plus another 19.5 centimeters farther. (rounded)