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VO2 max calculated from a race result

Using the result of a race (>1.5 km) it is possible to predict your VO2 max score (Daniels 2005)[1].

VO2 max calculator

For an estimate of your VO2 max enter the race distance, your time and then select the 'Calculate' button.

Distance Time hours minutes seconds
  VO2 Max mls/kg/min

For an analysis of your VO2 max score see the VO2 max page.


Analysis of the test result is by comparing it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's VO2 max.

Target Group

This test is suitable for active athletes but not for individuals where the test would be contraindicated.


Test reliability refers to the degree to which a test is consistent and stable in measuring what it is intended to measure. Reliability will depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual's level of motivation to perform the test. The following link provides a variety of factors that may influence the results and therefore the test reliability.


The degree to which this test meets its objective is medium. For an assessment of your VO2 max see the VO2 max normative data tables.


  • Minimal equipment required
  • Simple to set up and conduct
  • The test can be administered by the athlete
  • Can be conducted almost anywhere


  • None

Free Calculator

Referenced Material

  1. DANIELS, J. (2005) Daniels Running Formula. 2nd eEd. Leeds, UK: Human Kinetics. p. 48

Page Reference

The reference for this page is:

  • MACKENZIE, B. (2000) VO2 max calculated from a race result [WWW] Available from: [Accessed

Associated Pages

The following Sports Coach pages should be read in conjunction with this page: