Athletics, also called track-and-field, is a variety of competitions in running, walking, jumping and throwing events.

As many as 27 distinct events make up an athletics meet, which is usually held outdoors. The outdoor running events are held on a 400m oval track, and field events (jumping and throwing) are held either inside the track's perimeter or in adjacent areas. Marathons are run on roads, and the long-distance race walks are contested on measured road courses.

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