Celebration Run tests speed and stamina
Ever since Roger Bannister captured the world’s attention by cracking the four-minute barrier with a 3:59.4 on May 6, 1954 , the mile run has been the one of the most visible and glamorous events in track. As U.S. Olympian Suzy Hamilton states in the July issue of Outside Magazine, “The mile is a very sensible distance. Everybody can relate to it. You pass mile markers every day.”Tomorrow, everyone in Truckee is invited to get a taste of this traditional distance (forget meters for a day) and give the mile a try in the 10th annual Fourth of July One Mile Celebration Run and Walk The race begins at at 10 a.m. at Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy Service at 10976 Donner Pass Road.A good test of both speed and stamina, the mile is a very “do-able” distance for the recreational runner yet still retains a challenge for even the most experienced runners.While it’s unlikely that we’ll see a “Sub-4” mile here in Truckee tomorrow (even though, according to Track & Field News, several hundred people have accomplished the feat since Bannister), there will be plenty of “Sub-5” times. Recreational runners shouldn’t be intimidated, though – there will be plenty of other runners around trying to go “Sub-7,” “Sub-9” or “Sub-12.” No matter what your time, the crowds downtown will cheer you on just as enthusiastically as the front runners. And, despite the altitude, the Celebration Run’s course is very fast as it runs slightly downhill into downtown – a personal record in the mile is likely (if you’ve been training.)Registration begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. at Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy Services. Race day fees are $10 for children 6-12; $12 for ages 13-19 and $15 for 20 and over. Children under 5 and seniors over 65 are free. Pre-race registration fees are lower; call 582-3483 or 583-4116 for information.H H HCelebration Run race director Peter Werbel offers these race tips, which are especially important if the Celebration Run is your first race:Prepare the night before the race – Set out the comfortable shoes and clothes you plan to wear during the race, along with other items you might need for the race, including a hat, towel, etc. Don’t forget your race number if you are pre-registered. For obvious reasons, it’s also a good idea to take along some toilet tissue.Race morning – I recommend eating a very light breakfast (like a bagel or toast or fruit) or not eating at all. Be sure to take some water to the event; it’s always good to hydrate, even for a one-mile race. Allow yourself more time than you anticipate to get to the start. It takes time to park the car, register and visit the bathroom one final time. I recommend arriving about 90 minutes before the gun goes off. This will allow plenty of time to register, warm-up and get even more nervous for the race.The starting line – If this is your first race, I don’t recommend that you line up on the front row. Otherwise, you’re likely to either be trampled or go quickly into oxygen debt. Once the gun goes off, don’t start running too quickly. It’s easy to do, even in a short one-mile race. Even if the lead runner looks like he is a quarter-mile ahead of you, avoid running the first two or three hundred yards too quickly – otherwise you’ll be in pain and you’ll be wondering why you raced in the first place.Instead, it’s better to start off slowly and speed up during the second half of the race. You’ll be amazed at how many people you will pass, how good you will feel and how many cheers you’ll receive from the crowd when you finish strong.After the finish line – After finishing the race, be sure to do a cool-down jog, walk and stretch. Then go to the results board and see your finishing time.Then you can start bragging (or making excuses) about your finishing time!
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