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1.5-km Run Test

The 1.5 km (0.93 miles) run requires the participant to run the distance in the quickest possible time. This test is one of many field tests for aerobic fitness. There are many other running and walking fitness tests, including the similar distance 1 Mile Walk Test and the 1 mile Rockport Walk Test.

purpose: This test measures running aerobic fitness.

equipment required: 1.5 km flat running course (e.g. 400m track), stopwatch, marker cones, recording sheets.

pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender, test conditions. Measure and mark out the course using cones. See more details of pre-test procedures.

procedure: The aim of this test is to complete a one and a half kilometer course in the shortest possible time. At the start, all participants are required to line up behind a starting line. On the command ‘go,’ the clock will start, and the athletes begin running at their own pace. Walking is allowed, but not encouraged.

scoring: The total time to complete the course is recorded for each participant.

running around a track distance runner

advantages: large groups of athletes can be tested at once, and it is a very cheap and simple test to perform. If the test is conducted on a 400m running track, all the athletes will be in view throughout the test.

disadvantages: Practice and pacing are required, and performance on this test can be affected greatly by motivation. If running around a 400 m track, you will be able to provide continual feedback on the time elapsed to help with pacing.

comments: To achieve the best result for this test, adequate practice and good pacing are required.

notes: the 1500m is one of the middle distance running events at the Olympic Games. The current world record for men is 3 minutes 26 seconds by Hicham El Guerrouj (1998), and for women 3:50.07 by Genzebe Dibaba (2015).

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