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300-Yard Shuttle Run (Sprint) 2024

  • The 300-yard shuttle run develops the ability to sprint repeatedly after changing direction. 
  • It indicates the Soldier’s anaerobic endurance, speed, and agility.
  • The 300-yard SR is conducted from the extended rectangular formation (covered), as shown in the image below.

Army PRT 300-Yard Shuttle Run

The 300-yard shuttle run tests anaerobic capacity, agility, and the ability to sprint after repeatedly changing direction.

Setting Up:

  • Mark two lines on the ground, 25 yards apart. This distance can vary based on the test version, but 25 yards is a common distance.
  • You will need a stopwatch to time the soldiers.


  • On the command “Ready,” a Soldier from each column moves behind the starting line, assuming a staggered stance.
300-Yard Shuttle Run
300-Yard Shuttle Run


  1. On the “GO” command, Soldiers sprint towards a line 25 yards away from the start.
  2. Upon reaching the 25-yard line, they touch it (or beyond) using their left hand.
  3. They then dash back to the starting/finish line, touching it with their right hand. This completes one repetition.
  4. The process is repeated six times, alternating the hands used to touch the lines.
  5. On the final, sixth repetition, Soldiers sprint past the start/finish line without any touch.
  6. Throughout the exercise, it’s vital to maintain lane discipline and keep your head up to avoid potential collisions.
  7. The image below visually represents the run’s pattern and requirements.


  • This to-and-fro sprint is considered one repetition, covering a distance of 50 yards.
  • The soldier must complete six repetitions without rest, making the total distance 300 yards.
  • The goal is to complete the 300 yards as quickly as possible.

Guidance and Monitoring:

  • PRT leaders and Assistant Instructors (AIs) ensure that Soldiers adhere to their lanes and stay alert for fellow Soldiers moving in the opposite direction.

Tips for the 300-Yard Shuttle Run:

  • A proper warm-up before the test is crucial to preventing injuries and ensuring peak performance.
  • Wearing appropriate footwear that offers a good grip can prevent slips during the rapid change of direction.


 In conclusion, to have an effective 300-yard shuttle run, do the following:

  • Technique: Focus on the turns; plant the foot outside the line you’re turning around, pivot quickly, and use your arms for balance.
  • Footwear: Wear shoes with good grip, especially if running the shuttle on a grassy or potentially slippery surface.
  • Warm-Up: Ensure a proper warm-up that includes dynamic stretches and sprinting drills to prepare the muscles and cardiovascular system.
  • Recovery: Given the intensity, proper cool-down exercises are essential, including static stretching, to aid in recovery and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Frequency:  Ensure adequate rest days between sessions if you use the 300-yard shuttle run as a training exercise.
  • Progress Tracking: Regularly measuring performance in the shuttle run can be a great way to track improvements in anaerobic capacity and speed endurance.
  • Safety: Ensure the surface is even and free from obstacles or debris
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