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# How many laps is 100 meters?

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One hundred meters is a quarter of a lap. A standard running track is 400 meters and is usually divided into eight to ten different lanes. In many countries, the full-lap, 400-meter race started as the now-obsolete 440-yard dash, which is a distance of 402.336 meters.

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According to the International Association of Athletics Federations guidelines, the standard track lane width is 48 inches. Each athlete stays in his lane, which is carefully designed to measure 400 meters. Outer lanes include extra distance due to greater radii of turns around corners. For this reason, the starting positions for a full-lap race are staggered, with outer lanes being placed ahead. The distance by which the starting position of each lane is placed ahead is exactly equal to the extra distance it carries.

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A regulation Olympic-size pool is 50 meters long, so it takes four laps of swimming from one end of the pool to the other to complete 400 meters. The 400-meter freestyle swim for men and women is part of the summer Olympic games.

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A single lap around an average outdoor track is 400 meters or a quarter of a mile. Therefore, 200 meters is half of a single lap.

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Four hundred meters is the equivalent of about 1,312 feet. One meter equals approximately 3.28 feet, so multiplying 400 meters by 3.28 feet per meter gives the equivalent of feet. Since 5,280 feet equal 1 mile, 400 meters is only slightly less than 1/4 mile.