What is this 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)
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!