A long-distance track event races requires runners to balance their energy. Because of these kind of races are very energy-consuming, one requires mental determination and aerobic conditioning since stamina is a bigger factor than speed.
A person may be considered to be minimally trained if one has trained conistently for over 10 weeks prior to running the race.
- 3000 m is considered a middle distance track event
- 5000 m is considered a premier event that requires tactics and superior aerobic conditioning. Training for such an event may comprise of a total of 60-200 km a week.
- 10000 m is the final standard track event. Most of those running such races also run road and cross country running.
- Longer races are rarely contested on the track, although records do exist for distances up to 1600 km (see marathonss and ultramarathons).