The Schrader 1600 is back in it's 12th year. Mark your calendars for May 4th, 2019 a Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.
Carl Stones, the inaugural men's champion of our race had just missed the high school state track meet. In Texas, that's nothing to be ashamed of as only 8 athletes per class qualify for the meet. Looking for another race, his coach at the time, Andy Jackson, got together and dubbed the meet "The Schrader 1600." The namesake, Chris Schrader, took the naming of the meet in stride and showed up - firing the starters pistol. With DJ Paul Snyder manning the turntables, and also racing, a simple meet was born. Those in the first race went on to have great running (and academic careers) as Paul went on to run 14:07 for 5k at Columbia University and Carl qualified for the finals at USA's in the Steeplechase in 2015 (Carl was also an All-American at The University of Tulsa).
The years in between
What Carl, Paul, Coach Jackson, and Chris started - Paras has been attempting to take to the next level. In year 2, one of the deepest 1600 fields in State of Texas history was assembled - with the boys fast heat featuring 20+ boys with PRs of 4.20 or better. But more than that, a huge amount of PR's were set in the other heats - which is when we realized, when you put a bunch of runners in heats that they have a real chance to win - special moments happen. One of the best stories comes from Gleb Rudenko, who showed up at our meet needing to run around 4:20 in order to be able to walk on the team at Florida State University. Gleb's PR heading into the meet was 4:26. We put him into a great heat and he came out with an even better results - running 4.20. He went on to have a great running and academic career at Florida State and is just one of the many people we are so proud to have associated with.
In between we have had countless PR's, smiling faces, and great stories. We hope you'll join us for many, many more!
Where we are today
2019 marks the 12th edition of this race!
The meet in its current iteration is a mixture of a lot of good people and a relentless pursuit to offer athletes of all ages an opportunity to run the fastest 4 lapper they possibly can! We have our meet on the week in between the region and state track meets (usually the first weekend in May) and offer an opportunity to anyone that wants to run fast and have fun.
We aim for our meet to be under 2.5 hours, action packed with limited time in between heats, and the smoothest meet you'll ever attend. We only offer one event (the 1600/mile), we put you in a heat with PR's similar to yours, and start with estimated finish times around 7 minutes all the way down to low 4 minutes. You'll always be in a heat you can win!
How The Race Works
WHAT IS THE RACE?
Great question. It's a no-frills (see: cheap, awesome, fun) 4 lap race around the track. We are in the 11th year of putting this race on and it's gotten bigger every year. So that still begs the question, what is it?
For the past 10 years, we have decided to put on a race that fits right in between the regional meet and the state meet in Texas. Countless runners in Texas don't qualify for the regional or state meet, and the weather tends to be amazing in early May in Texas - so we put on this meet which simply features a bunch of heats of the mile.
The only races we offer are the mile. Let's say your PR for a mile is 5.40. We will take other runners with PRs between 5.35-5.45 and create a heat out of it. The same would do if your PR is 7.00 or 4.05. Given that we have 300+ runners coming out, we will definitely have the heat for you.
SOUNDS GREAT, TELL ME MORE!
Now that we've given you the spiel on why it was started, we should talk about what it's turned into. It's a great race to test your abilities against other runners right at your ability level - regardless of age. So we take your seed time (a time you send in when you register) and then seed heats accordingly. From there, we just make lists and cut off where we think the heats should be logically split into. Ultimately, our goal is for every runner in a heat to be able to reasonably win his or her heat - which makes for some really fun racing.
SO, WHAT'S NEXT? CAN I RUN??
Yes, you can definitely race.
We don't care how old you are - and we actually encourage and have seen some amazing performances from all ages (we've seen 10 year olds run way under 6:00 minutes, and 45 year olds run 4:45). Click the register button up top and sign up!
Obviously, we are not affiliated with the UIL and have no bearing on eligibility or anything like that. Should you wear your high school jersey? No.
Just put on a shirt, some shorts, and come out and have fun.
WHOA, SEEMS LIKE YOU GUYS MAKE A LOT OF MONEY DOING THIS...
Funny enough, we don't make any money. Literally. None. We have costs (that our friends graciously help to defray), but any dollar we make more than costs are donated back to the school! In fact, Paras usually underwrites all expenses!
WHAT ARE YOUR MEET RECORDS?
Daniel Viegra - 4:07.24 (converted from a full mile where he ran 4:08.68)
Cate Westenhover - 4:50.84 (1600m)
Our Pro Mens Meet Record is 4:01.91 by Ricky Romero (full mile)
Our Pro Womens Meet Record is by Sarah Lancaster 4:37.55 (1600m)
We would love to see those fall! But we also like people that enjoy track and want to participate and get a PR. Come one, come all and run fast!
Our amazing sponsors underwrite the costs of the meet in order to maximize the donations we are able to make directly into the community. In 2018, the race made a donation that included a surprise visit to Marble Falls HS by Leo Manzano and Ari Perez of Fleet Feet Austin. That video is available to view here.
If you'd like to be a sponsor for the 2019 version of the Schrader 1600, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Contact Us With Any Questions
The 2019 Schrader 1600 will be held at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.
Address: 3005 Co. Rd. 175, Leander, TX 78641
Check In: 5.45pm
First Race: 6.45pm
Schedule: Rolling Start
Sometime in February of 2019 we'll be launching a comprehensive set of results that cover age, gender, and times run so folks can take a look at the history and see how many men and women have broken statistically significant marks, the percentage of the fields that run PR's, and more.
Registration for the 2019 race will be open around March 1.
As always, we aim to make this one of the cheapest races around. We have a no questions asked policy - if you can't afford it, then we let you run for free.
For 2019, we are currently evaluating pricing to remain in the $15-20 range per athlete.
We are pleased to announce we are bringing back the men's and women's pro fields for the 2019 version of the race.
Details: The men's and women's pro filed will be a full mile, USATF compliant, and have all of the requisite paperwork necessary to ensure the meet is compliant.
Prize Money: The race aims to have a prize purse of around $2500 per gender.
Why do you operate this way?: We deploy some of the most innovative ideas in track and field and ensure that the prize purse is as lucrative as our race can afford. After expenses, of which there are very few, approximately 50% of the money we make goes to the pro field. The other 50% goes to making a direct impact in the community.
Accommodations: We do not pay for travel, however, we can help you find host housing if that's requested and will lower an athlete's cost basis. This is solely dependent on Paras' availability and how early you commit to the race.
Guidelines: At this time, we're only accepting men that have run under 4.07 and women that have run under 5.00. Please note on the 2017 IAAF Equivalency Table that these performances are worth about 770 points each, hence how we came to those numbers.
Contact: For entry and consideration into the pro field, please email email@example.com directly.