As distances increase in track, so does the need for planning and running strategy. In sprint races up to 400 meters, speed and form are the main concerns. Although it's something of an oxymoron, the 800-meters is considered the shortest distance race. Proper pacing and positioning are crucial in winning races and running your personal best times. There are also unique elements to the 800-meters, such as the break after a staggered start, that must be taken into account.