1-Mile Endurance Run / Walk Test

The one-mile endurance or walk test is a commonly used walk/run test of aerobic endurance. This test describes the procedures as used in the President's Challenge Fitness Awards and FitnessGram Program. Many other variations of running and walking tests are described elsewhere on this website.

purpose: this test measures aerobic endurance, as a measure of health and an important component of many sporting activities.

equipment required: stopwatch, smooth and level marked 1 mile track, paper and pencil.

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 and test conditions. Measure and use cones to mark out the course. See more details of pre-test procedures.

description: The purpose of this test is to complete one mile in the fastest possible time. After the purpose of the test and instructions are given, the participants begin running on the count "Ready? Go!". If they desire, walking may be interspersed with running, however, they should be encouraged to cover the distance in as short a time as possible.

Cooper Running Fitness Testvariations / modifications: for younger children a shorter test can be performed, using the same procedures: 1/4 mile for 6-7 years old, and 1/2 mile for 8-9 years old.

scoring: Note the time, in minutes and seconds, it took to complete the mile. These results can be compared to published norms for similar age groups.

advantages: minimal equipment and costs are involved, and if required the test can be self-administered.

disadvantages: the accuracy of this test depends on your pacing ability and level of motivation.

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