Have you heard about Steeplechase? It’s an Olympic hurdling event that includes water pits and long jumping.
It’s not without it’s dangers (check out the video above), but it seems like a fun, mixed event that few people have heard of.
Combines different skills into one race: distance running, hurdling, and long jumping. The race is 3000 meters long, which is just shy of two miles (or seven-and-a-half laps around the track).
- Throughout the 3000 meters, runners must clear 28 hurdles and seven water jumps. After the first lap, that’s four hurdles and one water jump per lap.
- The steeplechase originated in England, when people once raced from one church’s steeple to the next. (They were used as markers due to their high visibility.) Runners would encounter streams and stonewalls when running between towns, which is why the hurdles and water jumps are now included.