You must compete in a foot race against 8 randomly chosen strangers of your age and sex. Would you have a better chance of winning a race of 100 meters, or 1500 meters?
Nobody on here could beat me in either
Likely I'd win both from a randomly chosen population but statistically most people are out of shape so the greater the distance the better the chance of beating someone chosen at random
I do much better at a distance since I was a cross-country runner and ran 800 and 1600 in track a long, long time ago.
I'm a sh*tty runner, but I'm pretty fit for a female and include other cardio in my workouts. I'm sure plenty of 21 year old women could power through a 100 and beat me, but I bet a lot of them won't have the endurance to keep pace for a 1500.
I'm not winning any type of race
1500. The longer distance would let willpower come into play, not just ability.
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At MY exact age?! I take the 100 meters, and I believe, against "randomly chosen strangers", I take the race.
1500, but id much rather run the 100
I'm more like a dwarf. Very dangerous over short distances.
I wear more practical shoes usually.
I can be extremely fast in a short distance but long runs take the breath out of me.
Um...I can do distance but I've never been fast. I have lasted 90 minute soccer games in 90 degree heat, but that's not continuous. I've done a 5K in 18:12
If you did that 5k in the past couple years, I'd put you in the top 5% of the entire USA at any age. My money's on you in the 1500 & if you somehow lose, you can keep the money anyway just for having the diligence to be in the shape you're in.
I'll bring home the Gold for NY 😎
Maybe 10 meters. I can't even walk a block with my walker, or a single step without it. ♿
Neither. I can't run at all and walking isn't easy for me.
I'm not a sprinter, but I can easily go a few miles with a decent time.
Used to have around a 5:00 mile when I was much younger, thinner (6'2" and 130) and motivated. Did a few marathons in my twenties, but now that I'm older, thicker and now paying for my youthful indiscretions, I could still probably whoop most in a distance run.
Why weren't you eating back then?
I have a better chance of having a heart attack trying either distance
I'm losing no matter what
I'm 67. My jogging buddy is four.
Long distance runner over here. They would whip me in a short distance race.
100. I've always been awful at long distance *running*.
But give me a 20k WALK, and I might win it.
1500. If the random folks were at the average speed for my age group, I'm sure it would be an easy win.
My fastest time in high school for the mile run happened because I passed out after the third lap and the teacher just counted whatever I had gotten to at that point. I was so happy when I didn't have to take PE anymore.
I'm not fast but I can keep a good pace for long distance
4:30 mile. bring it
I'd have zero chance of winning either of these, but I'd do the 100, because it would be over with at least 15 times sooner, and would hurt at least 15 times less.
well i run the 400 200 and 100 so im gonna say the 100
1500, for sure. I run Marathons (3:18 PR) and Half Marathons (1:30 PR). I don't really race anything as short at a 1500 but I think I could run one in around 5 mins so I would be pretty confident about beating 8 random guys my age at a 1500. If you up the distance to anything over 10 miles I would be willing to bet a good bit of money on myself against 8 random guys my age.
Mile time is like 4:51, and I can't sprint for my life, so I'll probably go with that 1500, really.
I would probably win either race, but as a one time state champion in the 100 meters, I chose that. I've always been a better sprinter.
I'm not a sprinter, but I run cross country.
The longer the better for me, within reason of course!
I have decent short distance speed (4.89 40-yd dash) but I can beat almost anyone my age in a race that is a mile or two long.
1500. I'd ldo better at 15000, though.
Definitely not 1500; I'd probably die before I reached the finish line. Not even sure about 100, but at least I might have a chance. Of finishing, that, is; not necessarily of winning, but at least the competition would also be old.
After around 200 meters my running gets slower and slower.
I'm pretty good at the 100m at my schools track meets.
Probably 1500. It might give me enough time to get in my car and cheat.
Distance is my only shot.
Octogenarians can beat me in the 100m.
Im not a quick walker.
My 100m time is slow, but my mile time is 5:35, so 1500 sounds good.
Did you mean 1600 since 1600 is a mile.
1500m is only used on the international stage
Oh, thanks for the information, I didn't know that. So only for the Olympics or world championship?
Uhhh. Neither wasn't an answer.