**The average distance of a high school running track is about 400 meters, which is 31 feet, or 9 meters short of 1 mile when walked around four times.** The older imperial track style is 440 yards per lap, 2 meters longer than the metric track. It takes four laps of this track to complete 1 mile.

High school tracks are measured in the left innermost lane. Starting points in the other lanes are spaced so that each participant in a race runs the same distance. Most races between high school students take place at distances of 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters, with the longest race being 10,000 meters, or 25 laps.