Turf over Land - Track vs. Cross Country Essay

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Turf Over Land
In the world of high school running, there are two types of runners: cross country runners and track runners. I am both, as I have been in cross country since seventh grade and track since first grade. I know how it feels to train and compete in both, and I have come to a conclusion that track & field is way better than cross country.
In cross country, the season is much longer than track. To non-runners, the season is about 3 months long. However, in the eye of a runner, summer training makes it even longer by at least 2 months! Summer practices are usually Monday through Saturday for about 5 hours. I don’t think people want to wake up at 7:30 in the morning to go on a long run and do weight training after. The track season
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The races in cross country and track are extremely different. There is only one kind of race in cross country while in track there are many. In cross country, the racing distance is a 5k, or 3.1 miles. On the contrary, the racing distances in track include: the 3200 meter run (2 miles), 4 by 100 meter relay, 800 meter run, 100 meter hurdles, 110 meter hurdles, 100 meter dash, 4 by 200 meter relay, 400 meter dash, 300 meter hurdles, 200 meter dash, 1600 meter run (1 mile), and the 4 by 400 meter relay. As you can see, the number and variety of races differs a lot. That’s another reason why track is better; you can choose what you want to run. In cross country you have no choice but to run the 3.1 miles. Some people might not have endurance for distance running, but they might have speed. So they’d have a choice in whether they wanted to run a long distance or run a short distance. A choice they wouldn’t have if they were in cross country. Also, in cross country you can only run one race. While in track you can run 3 races, since there are many more events than cross country and not as many people.
The differences between track and cross country are not always the distances ran, but also where the distances are run on. For example, in cross country the races take place in hills, mud, dirt, puddles, on grass fields, golf courses, parks, etc. In track, it is limited to, of course, the track. In my opinion, the safer place to run would be on the

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