APFT 2-Mile Run Test
This test forms part of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), performed by US Army personnel every six months. If a soldier has a permanent medical condition that keeps them from conducting the 2-mile run, an alternate event is taken, either the 2.5 mile walk, 800 yd swim, or 6.2 mile bike.
- purpose: This test measures aerobic fitness and leg muscles endurance.
- equipment required: 2 mile flat running course, stopwatch
- procedure: The aim of this test is to complete the 2-mile course in the shortest possible time. At the start, all soldiers line up behind the starting line. On the command ‘go,’ the clock will start, and you will begin running at your own pace. Although walking is authorized, it is strongly discouraged.
- scoring: The total time to complete the course is recorded. The scoring depends on the sex and age of the participant. See APFT for more information about scoring.
- comments: It is permitted to pace a soldier (such as running ahead of, along side of, or behind) during the run, as long as there is no physical contact with the runner and it does not physically hinder other soldiers taking the test. Cheering or calling out the elapsed time is also permitted.
- APFT testing discussion and scoring
- See the comparison page for a overview of the walk and run tests.
Other walking / running endurance tests are described elsewhere
- Marine PFT 3-Mile Run
- Endurance Run / Walk (1 mile)
- Cooper 12 minute test
- PRT 1.5 mile walk/run
- Walk tests: Rockport Walk Test, 2 km Walk Test