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Yes! I would normally do the math but I am exhausted. To do the math, you need to know the inside & outside diameter of the track and than convert that figure into its circumference. That gives you an exact answer.

In my estimation in will be close to 10% of the overall length which on a 400 meter track would be 40 meters.

Using this as a "Guess-timate", running 10 laps in the outer lane will be the same distance as 11 laps on the inside of the track.

I ran track to stay in shape for football & Wrestling for 4 years and ran on tracks for a great number of years until I became ill.

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no its not, that's why when you start they stagger you. or they do a water fall start so the outside can come to the inside corner.

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Q: Is the inside the lane the same distance as the outside lane?

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In Australia, where there are two parallel lanes for vehicles traveling in the same direction, the right hand lane is referred to as the "outside lane" and the left hand lane, closest to the curb, is the "inside lane".

The stagger is done so that everyone runs the same distance. The runners that start on the inside lanes start farther back, because the outside lanes are longer. This way everyone runs the same distance no matter which lane they are assigned.

It would be the same because they line you up further ahead the more outside you get in the starting line to make up for the difference.

The distance gap between each lane is equal to the circumference of the semicircle at the end of the track plus the width of the lane. Assuming each lane has the same width, the runner in the outside lane should receive a head start equivalent to the circumference of one semicircular end plus the width of one lane.

No, the inside lane is shorter, the farther you go out, the longer the lanes become. Standard track lanes are 1.22m wide; therefore the following lengths apply for one lap of each lane: 1 400m (inside) 2 407.67m 3 415.33m 4 423m 5 430.66m 6 433.38m 7 446m 8 453.66m (outside)

The track is a circle and the further lane out you are in the longer your land is so your starting point is moved forward so all runners end on the same finish line and have ran the same distance

*Staggered start. On a 8 lane 400 m track a staggered start ensures that each athlete runs the same amount in the short distance events such as the 200 and 400 m dash. You will notice that the athletes on the outside lanes seem to start ahead, but their lane seems to finish later. In reality, every lane is the same length if you start and finish where its marked to. Meanwhile, for distance events, the staggered start on the one line is simply used to ensure that no one gets a head start and everyone starts at the same time when the gun goes off.

The area of a circle is the amount of space inside the circle. The circumference of a circle is the distance around the outside of the circle. (So no, they are not the same thing.)

The outside of the circle is always the same distance from the centre. The outside of an ellipse is not the same distance from the centre all the way round.

The outside of the circle is always the same distance from the centre. The outside of an ellipse is not the same distance from the centre all the way round.

The outside of the circle is always the same distance from the centre. The outside of an ellipse is not the same distance from the centre all the way round.

Standard outdoor tracks are 400 meters in length in the first lane which roughly equals 1/4 mile (actually .2485 mile). Distance in the other lanes depends on the length of the turns and the width of the lanes which varies between facilities. Some tracks have been fit into narrow spaces and thus have very short, tight turns and long straights. Similarly lane width plays a roll. The 400m distance is measured along the inside line of lane one so the distance around the second lane should be measured around the inside line of lane 2 (i.e. the outside line of lane 1). If each lane is 2.5 feet wide the distance around lane 2 will be different than if each lane is 3 feet wide. Generally the additional distance added by moving out one lane is between 4 and 6 meters. So lane 2 would be around 406m, lane 3 around 412m, etc. 1m = .0006 mile so you can do the math to figure out the distance of each lane in miles. One way to figure out how many meters each lane adds on the track you're on is to measure the distance between 400m start lines. In lane 1 there is the large Start/Finish line usually stretching across all lanes. In lane 2, a few meters ahead you should find another line (usually a thinner and a different color) with a marking indicating "400." The distance between the general start in lane 1 and the start in lane 2 is equal to the distance lane 2 adds to a full lap. You'll find the same line in each lane at equal distance. These are the lines used to start a 400m race. Each runner must stay in his/her assigned lane for the whole lap so the staggered start lines ensure each runs exactly 400m when the cross the common finish.