About Track & Field
Track and field, also called athletics, is a sport made up of several events including running, jumping for height and distance, and throwing for distance using implements of standardized design. Competitions in track and field are called meets and are held in both indoor and outdoor venues.
The outdoor track season runs from April until August. Outdoor tracks are oval-shaped running tracks with an area of grass within the track - 'the field'. The standardized length of the track is 400 meters and is normally split into six to eight lanes. Most tracks are made out of cinders, clay, or synthetic compounds.
The field events, those disciplines involving jumping and throwing, generally take place at the same time as the running events, on the area within the track's circumference, or nearby.
The indoor track season normally runs from October to April. Basic indoor venues may be adapted gymnasiums, which can easily accommodate high jump competitions and short track events. Full-size indoor arenas bare similarities with their outdoor equivalents. Typically, a central area is surrounded by a 200 meter oval track with four to eight lanes.
Road Racing is the sport of running on paved or hard packed surfaces, typically roads or designated pedestrian and cycle paths. Common race distances are 5K, 8K, 10K, Half Marathon (21.1K), and Marathon (42.2K), but any distance can be run. Ultra running refers to distances beyond a marathon.
Cross-country season generally runs from September to November. Cross-country running can take place over grass, mud, dirt trails, rocky areas, water, hills, etc. – almost anywhere off-track or off-road. Running on roads or pavement is kept to a minimum.
Membership categories for track & field may vary and are based on age
categories. These ages are as of December 31 of the competition year.