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What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby fasttrack85 » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:36 am

I was thinking about if a race was all curve and no straight like a 100,200, or even 400 meter curve! Or what about a 400 meter straight?

BTW Christophe Lemaitre is the world best at 250 does anyone know if that has any curve or if it is all straight?
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby gh » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:56 am

The 1915 AAU Championships 440 in San Francisco was run on a straight.
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby El Toro » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:19 pm

gh wrote:The 1915 AAU Championships 440 in San Francisco was run on a straight.


And the hurdles?
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby lonewolf » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:04 pm

I don't recall ever seeing a 440 race on the straight but they were a training staple at OAMC in the (19)40s... on the campus golf course, suspect slight downhill, frequent south tail wind, fanstastic, never duplicated elsewhere times. :D
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby LopenUupunut » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:55 am

Maxey Long ran 47.0 way back in 1900 on an improvised 440 yard straight, as documented by the New York Times here: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-fr ... 5B808CF1D3

The good old days, when the papers still cared about us :)
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby tandfman » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:11 am

fasttrack85 wrote:I was thinking about if a race was all curve and no straight like a 100,200, or even 400 meter curve!

I've never seen or heard of a circular track (all curves). But I do recall seeing one a long time ago that was almost like a capital D--a standard straight on the finish line side, but everything else was one big curve, a little flatter curvature on the backstretch than on the ends, but still not a straight line.
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby Conor Dary » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:29 am

tandfman wrote:
fasttrack85 wrote:I was thinking about if a race was all curve and no straight like a 100,200, or even 400 meter curve!

I've never seen or heard of a circular track (all curves). But I do recall seeing one a long time ago that was almost like a capital D--a standard straight on the finish line side, but everything else was one big curve, a little flatter curvature on the backstretch than on the ends, but still not a straight line.


I have mentioned this before. When I was in high school we had an 80 yard indoor track that was a circle. We also had room for the 50 yard dash on the side. We even had a couple of dual meets there. 22 laps to the mile. One guy even ran a marathon down there once with his girl friend counting the 576 laps.

We also used to use the second floor of the school in the early morning for workouts. 4 straights that came to about a 440 for a lap.
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby gh » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:57 am

i have this vague recollection that there's a school (maybe Texas Tech?) whose indoor "facility" is on the second floor of an athletic building, basically the hallway, and is close to round, if not so.
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby Conor Dary » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:19 am

gh wrote:i have this vague recollection that there's a school (maybe Texas Tech?) whose indoor "facility" is on the second floor of an athletic building, basically the hallway, and is close to round, if not so.


I suspect more than a few schools did that. Now that I think about it, my brother spent his freshmen year in 1972-3 at Illinois Chicago, and the basketball arena was circular with a large open concourse behind the seats with a circular track.
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby Cooter Brown » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:50 am

tandfman wrote:I've never seen or heard of a circular track (all curves).


I can give you 100' straights. It's not a 400m track though. They shoehorned it in at a middle school when they decided every middle school needed a track about 15 years ago.

http://goo.gl/maps/iToUE
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby KDFINE » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:57 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Bring back the 200 meter low hurdles, either on the straight (if you can find a track) or on the curve. Its a place where high hurdlers, low hurdlers, and sprinters could all meet and test one another.
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby repmujhgih » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:05 pm

I competed for Texas Tech. It is a 220m (ish, I was a jumper) circle. The times were always fast, because it is a soft enough curve that there was not much adjusting that had to be done like running on a tight curve or coming in/out of one. http://www.texastech.com/facilities/fac-atc.html
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby James Fields » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:27 am

The University of Portland has a circular track in Chiles Center, the athletics building. One lap is 240 meters (6.6 laps = 1 mi.) I visited there during 1996-97 school year, when I was assisting Oregon USATF, to research the track's utility for race walk competition.

That upstairs track, circling the basketball arena below, was then used for student fitness activities and low-key competition such as all-comers meets. There may have been a very short straight stretch near the entrance doors but after so many years my memory is faint.
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Re: What are some interesting race ideas?

Postby Vielleicht » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:33 am

My highschool used to have a 270m track, making 400m and 4x100m races very complicated. Not very fair I guess, but entertaining.
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