PRT 1.5 Mile (2.4 km) Run Test
This test forms part of the Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT), performed by US Navy personnel every six months. It is essentially the Cooper 1.5mile/2.4 km run test. An alternative to this test is the 500 yard swim test and also an elliptical trainer test.
- purpose: This test measures aerobic fitness and leg muscles endurance.
- equipment required: 1.5 mile (2.4km) flat and hard running course, stopwatch
- procedure: The aim of this test is to complete the 1.5 mile course in the shortest possible time. At the start, all soldiers line up behind the starting line. On the command ‘go,’ the clock will start, and you will begin running at your own pace. Although walking is authorized, it is strongly discouraged. A cool down walk should be performed at the completion of the test.
- scoring: The total time to complete the course is recorded.
- comments: It is permitted to pace a participant (such as running ahead of, along side of, or behind) during the run, as long as there is no physical contact with the runner and it does not physically hinder other people taking the test. Cheering or calling out the elapsed time is also permitted. During the 1.5-mile run, it is critical to have some type of medical support in place or a medical emergency plan, Dangerous climate conditions such as hot/humid weather should be avoided and water or other fluids should be made available upon completion of the assessment.