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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 and 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 compares it with the athlete's previous results for this test. It is expected that the analysis would indicate an improvement in the athlete's VO2 max. with appropriate training between each test.

Target Group

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


Test reliability refers to how a test is consistent and stable in measuring its intended 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 various factors influencing the results and test reliability.


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


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


  • None

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

Page Reference

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