One mile is roughly 4 laps on the innermost lane of a standard track. 1,500 meters is the international racing distance closest to the imperial mile. The race is exactly 3.75 laps and is referred to as the Metric Mile.
According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, as of 2014, Hicham El Guerrouj from Morroco and Qu Yunxia from China hold the men's and women's 1,500-meter world records respectively. Runners World recommends track running to newbie runners and fitness enthusiasts since it is flat, traffic-free and the distance is definite and exactly measured. Standard tracks are found at most schools in the United States.