The 10 Best Track Spikes for Middle Distance Runners

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Sprinters got all the love in our first installment of the best spikes for track athletes. This time, we’re out to help middle distance runners find a pair of spikes that will help them be first to the finish tape.

While sprint spikes feature aggressive uppers and spike plates, those designed for middle distance events are more modest, particularly when it comes to spike configuration. Unlike sprinters, who only rely on their shoes sometimes for only a matter of seconds, distance runners need spikes that are both durable, and will provide lasting comfort over longer periods of time.

Of course, as it goes for pretty much all types of performance footwear, choosing the right pair of track spikes often comes down to personal preference. Accordingly, we’ve put together a list of spikes that will cater to a variety of runners. Here are the 10 Best Track Spikes for Middle Distance Runners available today.


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  • Erik Gonzalez

    I have but one question. What in the fuck is a middle-distance runner supposed to be? Is that 400-1600 or what?

    • G

      Generally, any distance between 800m and 1 mile.

    • Nishant Choudhary

      A middle distance runner is a one between 800m and 10,000m.A sprinter is one who runs till 400m.And a long distance runner is above 10000m who runs marathon or half marathon or above it.

      • Rui Maia

        no, you are rong. Sprint – 100m, 200m, 400m… Middle distance – 800m, 1500m, 3000m… Distance – 5000m, 10000m, marathon…

  • Aidan

    As you see here mid distance is a minimum of a mile. It depends how old you are. Middle school would be 400-800 HS 800-1600 and higher is a mile and above.

  • BobsYourUncle

    Just wanna add, the Asics FastLaps were terrible for my son in the 800 last year, way too stiff, he switched to Saucony Middle Distance spikes and broke the school record in his first race this year. I’m not saying it’s just the shoes, but he feels like the stiff sole on the Asics caused a lot of problems for him. They were great for 200 – 400, but definitely not an 800 shoe, at least for him.

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  • Daniel Crowton

    This article has a lot of great mid distance spikes, but I think the order should be different. Im normally not a huge nike fan, but when it comes to spikes, they really dominate. Ive had the zoom rival d 7 for about a year now and must say that they are truly an amazing spike (and there only $60!), they provide the perfect amount of cushion for mid distance races and have amazing traction as well. I ran a 4:24 mile in them just the other day, a good PR for me. They ought to be #1 or #2 on this list. The matumbos are also great, they should be in top 3 for sure. The new balance and sauconys are good, but overpriced. Another spike I highly recommend is the Brooks Mach 15. these are cross country spikes, but I used them all of last track season and must say that they are one of my favorites. they weigh 5.2 oz, are very comfy, have great cushion, and great traction thanks to the 5 spikes. These shoes are only $75 and can be used for xc along with track, there a great deal.

  • JP

    i have had the nike victories and endorphins. Imo endorphins were on another level compared to the nike’s

  • Jay

    Personally think that list screwed up big with not mentioning the nike mamba. Nike victory 1 should be in there aswel as this spike plate is still favoured by many sponsored athletes (farah, kemboi). Saucony endorphine MD should be in over the LD (LD is a beautiful spike but not nearly agressive enough for 800 and only just cuts it from 1500). Velocity should be cut and replaced with NB500v2. and wire 2 cut and replaced with wire 3 (plus bumped up a spot or 2).