There are many different events to run in track. There are three events that people know all about because of the recent success of Usain Bolt. In the 2008 olympics, he shattered the world records in the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 4x100 meter relay race. There is also the 400 meter dash, 800 meter dash, 1500 meters (a mile), and the 3000 meters (2 miles). The 400 meter dash is a lap around the track and is a paced sprint around the track. if you choose to sprint your hardest in the beginning, then you will "hit the wall" (have no energy left) and probably come in dead last. The 800 meter dash is two laps around the track, and similar to the 400, you must pace yourself if you want to have a chance of winning. The 1500 is a totally different event. It is a mile (4 laps), which means you have to keep a slower pace then the 800 if you want to win. This is a good event for somebody who may run cross country as well. It is shorter then a cross country course, but that person may know how to pace themselves while running. The same goes for the 3000 meters, which is 7 laps. Once again, a cross country runner would be well suited for this race. The final race that is well known in track is the 4x100 meter relay race. This is when there are four people on four corners of the track, and each must sprint a 100 meter part of the track. You also carry a baton, which cannot be dropped, or you are disqualified.