According to iSport, an 800-meter race is two times around a standard 400-meter outdoor track. Most indoor tracks are 200-meter ovals, meaning a runner must run four laps to complete the 800-meter race.
At the start of an 800-meter race, the runners begin in their assigned lanes and must stay in their lanes through the first turn. Starting blocks are often used to protect the track. After the first turn, runners are allowed to leave their lanes and run on the inside lane of the track. The 800-meter race was initially run in the Summer Olympics in Athens in 1896.