West Coast Athletic Club – Cape Town based running club – Road, Trail, Track, Walking & Cross Country – All welcome!


What is track?

Whether you’re taking your first steps as a runner or trying to improve your speed, a track can be a safe, convenient place to run. There are no cars to contend with, many tracks are lit, the synthetic surface cushions your joints, and the measured distance makes it easy to monitor your pace.

The name, Track, is derived from the sport’s typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track. The running events, which include sprints, middle and long-distance events, are won by the athlete with the fastest time.

What are the official distances?

Sprints: Three common sprinting events are the 100 metres, 200 metres, and 400 metres.
Middle distance: The most common middle-distance track events are the 800 metres, 1500 metres and mile run, although the 3000 metres may also be classified as a middle-distance event.
Long distance: There are three common long distance running events in track and field competitions: 3000 metres, 5000 metres and 10,000 metres.

For further information on track and for advice on how to join speak to Marius Nel our resident track athlete. He will gladly assist you.