The 3 km (1.86 miles) run test is one of many running field tests for aerobic fitness. Participants are required to run 3km in the fastest possible time. This is one of many running and walking fitness tests, including the similar distance 3-Mile Run Test.
purpose: This test measures aerobic fitness.
equipment required: 3 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 three-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.
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 oval, you will be able to provide continual feedback on the time to help with pacing.
comments: To achieve the best result for this test, adequate practice and good pacing are required, and performance on this test can be affected greatly by motivation.
- 3-Mile Run Test — run 3 miles in the fastest possible time.
- 2 Mile Run Test (APFT) — run two miles as fast as you can (Army test)
- Cooper 2.4km (1.5mile) run test — run 2.4km as fast as you can.
- Results of some 3 km run testing
- General Walk / Run test
- See the comparison page for a overview of the walk and run tests.
- Other aerobic tests
- All fitness test list