800 meter Run Test

The 800m run test can be considered an anaerobic capacity test that is a bit long, or an aerobic fitness test that is a bit short. As an aerobic test, it may be suitable for children. See also the 1km run test, which has a variation over 800m for teenage girls.

Rating Time (minutes/seconds)
poor more than 3'45"
below average 3'31" - 3'45"
average 3'16" - 3'30"
above average 3'01" - 3'15"
good 2'46" - 3'
excellent 2'45" or less


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