Think about this, a sprinter can do multiple short distance events any given meet. A long distance runner at championship level races can double in events such as a 10k or 5k, or even shorter like a 1500 because of how tactical many of the races are. An 800 can never be tactical, it's all out or nothing. In that regard, it's like a sprint. At championship meets, all distance events are run tactically, but you can't in the 800. Yet, we still call it distance because it requires so much strength to nearly sprint for 2 laps. Should it even be considered distance at higher levels of competition? I don't know of many 800 runners who double with another open distance event and are effective at high levels of competition, many can do an event like a 4x400 after, but that's just a sprint. The 800 takes so much out of a runner to where they can't be nearly as effective in any other distance if they want to give their full effort in the 800. That's why the 800 is the most challenging race, and I want thoughts on if people think it could be somewhat classified as a sprint, or hybrid type of event. In longer distances, 5k, 10k, etc., athletes can cruise rather pedestrian paces and run a 52 last 400 to win the race, but in an 800 there is not really time or place ever to race like that. Educate and inform me of your opinions, please.