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Why do athletes run around the track counter-clockwise?

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As the heart is on the left side, for humans and animals, running anticlockwise makes the centrifugal force in the body to act from left to right. Whereas it is from right to left for clockwise running.

Superior venecava takes blood to the heart aided by heart suction. This vein carries blood from left to right. Centrifugal force due to anticlockwise running helps this suction.

If we run clockwise, the centrifugal force impedes suction. That is why, in olden days, health officers ensured that all carnival merri-go-rounds were run only in the anti-clockwise direction.

Racing tracks, animal shows in circuses, bullock-drawn pelt on wheels, all mostly have only left turns. Stairways in temple towers have only left turns for going up.
Clockwise running tires people, especially children, easily.

As we know that if we breathe from left nose hole, cool air will go inside and if we breathe from right nose hole, warm air will go inside. When we run on a circular track anticlockwise, we will breathe from right nose hole .Which will warm up our body and we can run more fast as when we start race, we first warm up our body and then start running.
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Why do athletes run 1500 meter races and not 1600 meters being that 1600 is closer to a mile and four full laps around a 400m track?

While 1600m is closer to a true mile, there is no specific reason why internationally the 1500m is ran instead of the 1600m. The 1500m race started in the late 1800s in Europe

Why are some athletics running tracks faster than others?

The main reasons an athletic track would be "faster" than others are the age of the court, quality of installation, and weather conditions. Altitude, surface used, age of sur