Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) FM 21-20 / TC 3-22.20 Training Info

14-6 Test Site

Test Site
The test site should be fairly flat and free of debris. It should have the following:

– An area for stretching and warming up.
– A soft, flat, dry area for performing push-ups and sit-ups.
– A flat, 2-mile running course with a solid surface and no more than a three-percent grade. (Commanders must use good judgment; no one is expected to survey terrain.)
– No significant hazards, (for example, traffic, slippery road surfaces, heavy pollution).

When necessary or expedient, a quarter-mile running track can “be used. It can be marked with a series of stakes along the inside edge.

When the track is laid out, a horizontal midline 279 feet, 9 3/4 inches long must be marked in the center of a clear area. A 120-foot circle is marked at both ends of this line. The track is formed when the outermost points of the two circles are connected with tangent lines. (See Figure 14-2.)

A 400-meter track may be used in place of the standard quarter-mile (440-yard) track for the 2-mile run, However, one lap run on a 400-meter track is 92 inches shorter than one lap on a 440-yard track. Eight laps on a 400-meter track is 736 inches shorter than eight laps (2 miles) on a 440-yard track. Therefore, soldiers who run the 2-mile event on a 400-meter track must run eight laps plus an additional 61 feet, 4 inches.

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