Track and field has been around for hundreds of years, even before the Greek Olympics. Some archeologists have found evidence of track dating back to ninth and tenth century BC. The first records of track and field in the United States date all the way back to the 1860s. It was not until the 1920's when track and field finally became more popular in the United States. In 1921, the first NCAA track and field championships were held, and in 1952, the first competitive track and field events were held during the Olympics and only consisted of the USSR and the United States. Finally during the 1970's track became a much popular sport. In the olympics, more countries began to have track and field teams, and the United States and Russia began to have more and more competition. Today, the United States is still a powerhouse when it comes to track and field, along with Jamaica, China, and many countries within Africa. Now, many more athletes compete in track and field events which include the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, high jump, long jump, 4x100 meter relay race and many more. The athletes are in top physical condition, so if you hope to run with some of them then you must train daily to get yourself into top shape. Some workouts may include up to 3 hours a day of lifting weights, running circuits around the track, and other grueling workouts.