We've been getting a lot of questions regarding the 400m to 800m run for high school track athletes, so we thought we'd take a moment to offer up a shoe solution for running those events!
It boils down to: Is the 400-800 event the only event the young athlete is running?
If that's the case, the only MD (for middle distance, LD for long distance) specific spike is the HOKA One One Rocket MD: a responsive rocket with a 4-pin spike plate for middle distance track races designed for races from the 400m to the Mile.
If your runner is also running longer distance events, it's better to buy a long-distance spike. If they are running more sprints, and the 400-800 middle distance event, then they could buy a sprint spike. Sprint spike shoes have forefoot plates and are not the best for MD and definitely not for LD events.
Our spike shoe product expert says, "these young athletes would best be served, if running mostly sprint events, to buy a pair of sprint only spikes. If they may also run a 400-800 event, then MD or LD should suit their purpose."