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Most authorities agree that racing in track shoes with spikes provides runners with at least some advantage over those wearing flats. This is particularly true when competing at distances of 400M and less, where traction is especially critical.
Track spikes (shoes) come in various configurations, depending on the intended distance/event. The spikes themselves come in various styles and lengths. The most common styles are pyramid spikes and needle spikes.
The length and type of spike you'll need depends on track surface. Be sure to check with your coach to see what type and length of spike is best for the surface you'll be running on.