800m Run is the shortest common middle distance track event and has always been and Olympic event. Typically run over two laps of a 400 metre track, the 800 m is almost half of a mile.
The 800 metre race (or 800 metres) is a common track running event. It is the shortest common middle distance track event. The 800 metres is run over two laps of the track (400 metre track) and has always been an Olympic event. During indoor track season the event is usually run on a 200 metre track, therefore requiring four laps. 800 m is almost exactly half a mile.