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Middle/Long Distance running races are the track running events which took place over the distances (standard) of 800m and 1500 meters (middle-distance), 5000m and 10000m (long-distance) and over 3000m in steeplechase event. 800m event was originated from the 880-yard run which has its roots in the UK in the 1830s while the 1500m was originated in continental Europe in the 20th century. The long distance events have their roots in the 3 and 6-mile distance events and gained popularity in the 1920s. The first recorded race of steeplechase is in the mid-19th century at the Oxford University.
Middle and Long distance running events take place on a running track which is usually 400m in circumference (oval track) consisting of two parallel straights and two bends of equal radii. The track consists of a number of lanes (usually eight or nine) which are generally 1.22 m wide for individual runners. In 3000m Steeplechase event, the running track includes 28 barriers and 7 water jumps in which the barriers are 36 inches high for men, 30 inches high for women and the water jump’s landing area is 12 feet long and 70 cm deep.
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