Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Find out how fast you really are

You know all your PRs like the back of your hand. 5K is this. 10K is that. Half-marathon. 10-miler. And on and on.

But do you know how fast you can run flat-out for a single mile? Or what your 100-meter dash time is?

Find out this Tuesday -- or on any Tuesday evening in June -- at the Trenton Guy Sr. Summer Track Series on the outdoor oval at Myers Park High School.

Here's how it works in a nutshell: Runners of all ages and abilities can register beginning at 5 p.m. to run distances of 50 meters, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1 mile and 2 miles; there's even a 4x100m relay. Entry fee is $2 for the first two events, $1 for each additional event. Events will begin with the 50m run at 6 p.m.

This summer series, sponsored by the Charlotte Track & Triathlon Club, has been an annual tradition for going on 27 years at Myers Park HS (2400 Colony Road). Although the size of the turnout varies from week to week, there's usually more than 100 people on hand. And CTTC president Lana Torkildsen said one of her favorite things about the event is watching the many children who come out to participate: "Just to see the smile on their faces when they cross the finish line is priceless!"

The series is named in memory of Trenton Guy Sr. (pictured), an assistant track coach at Johnson C. Smith University who died in July of 2008.

On the last evening of the series, June 29, there will be no 2-mile event to accommodate a 5K race that will start at 8 p.m. Interested runners are being asked to pre-register for this event (cost: $5), since it's expected to be popular and participation will have to be limited.


Aaron Linz said...

Real fun event folks. Runners of all abilities competing on the track so even if you have never done track or it has been a long, long time, visit. It is a safe environment to run well and enjoy with other runners.