The 600 meter race, which is usually run indoors, is one of the more difficult races around. It’s too long to sprint and it is too short to allow for the respite that even the shortest mid-distance runs allow.

Judging by the distance, most runners approach this is a sprint. This means that a common pacing strategy is to shoot for the lead from the beginning.

In the Boston Indoor 600 m men’s race, all of the competing runners were black. African-Americans, Jamaicans, Islanders and Haitians have usually dominated this race which is another indication that this race can be taken like a sprint.

Solomon, in the red, pushes in the final 200m to take the lead.

In the 2011 Boston Indoor, it is particularly interesting that the first place runner and the second place runner had very different pacing styles. This could be a big key to pacing the race if you are running a 600 m.

The second place runner, Tevan Everett, leads the entire race until after the 400 m mark has been reached. Duane Solomon, the eventual winner, passes Everett for a substantial lead at the end to win the race.

The interesting thing about this is that before Solomon makes his push to the finish he was in 4th and then 3rd place out of 5 runners. This means that pacing and holding back, like a runner could do in a longer race, might even work for this oddball short distance race.

The second place and the third place runners in this race both held a steadier pace and finished close together, but both behind Solomon. This could have been a lucky run for Solomon, but this is still a strong evidence that pacing is a legitimate effort in the 600 m indoor.