The drawing above illustrates information below for meet venue managers and officials concerning the position of start lines and the on-track hurdles placement for the three most commonly contested steeplechase distances: 1500m, 2000m, 3000m.
The letters A, B, C, D show tangent points where straightaways meet turns. “A” is the common finish line, prevalent in the age of fully automatic timing, on the home straightaway of a 400-meter oval.
The men’s 3000 meter steeplechase is a 3000 meter race on the track that includes 35 total barrier clearances. The height of each barrier is 36 inches (0.914m). Each lap has a total of four regular barriers and one water barrier. The water barrier is the same height as other barriers, but is followed by a 12 foot (3.66m) water pit. For women, barriers are 30 inches (0.762m) tall.