Track and Field

Track and Field is a collection of sports events that involve running, jumping, throwing, and walking, typically held on a track and field or indoor arena.

Description and How to Do It

Track events include sprints, middle and long-distance races, hurdles, and relays, while field events encompass jumping and throwing disciplines like long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin, and discus.


  • Physical Fitness: Enhances cardiovascular health, strength, and endurance.
  • Agility and Speed: Improves quickness, agility, and explosive power.
  • Mental Discipline: Develops focus, strategy, and goal-setting skills.
  • Versatility: Offers a variety of events to suit different strengths and interests.

Best Age to Start

Children can start participating in track and field activities from around 6 or 7 years old.


  • Websites: IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) for rules and updates.
  • YouTube: Athletic Interest for training tips and athlete stories.
  • Movies/Documentaries: “Chariots of Fire” (film), “The Barkley Marathons” (documentary).
  • Books: “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Running Shoes: $50-$150.
  • Athletic Clothing: $20-$60.
  • Specific Equipment (e.g., shot put, javelin): $30-$200.
  • Track Club Fees: $30-$100 monthly.
  • Competition Entry Fees: Varies, typically $20-$50 per event.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with basic running and conditioning exercises.
  • Join a track and field club or team for structured training and competitions.
  • Focus on technique in specific events of interest.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Practicing 3-5 times a week is recommended, with variations depending on the event.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Achieve proficiency in chosen track or field events.
  • Compete in regional, national, or international competitions.
  • Consistently demonstrate improvement in personal bests and technique.

Famous Track and Field Athletes

  • Usain Bolt
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee