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IPFW to host unique track event

Public welcome to attend, and compete, on new track

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 1:25 am

You want to run fast? I mean, really fast? Sure, it’s the middle of January and you live in northeast Indiana, so it’s kinda hard what with all the snow and ice and wind.

But this Friday (and next Friday, January 25th) is your chance.

IPFW is hosting a pair of community open track meets on its new, multi-million dollar, 200-meter Mondo-surfaced track. Not only will you get to run fast, but if you are fast enough, you may be paced by some of the area’s top high school runners.

“We decided to have an open meet and let everyone have a chance to run,” said Mike Fruchey, IPFW cross country and track coach. “We got a lot of tax-payer money to fund the facility, so it’s an opportunity to share it with the community.”

Like road races and outdoor all-comers meets, there are standard age divisions with ribbons being awarded to the winners. There are races ranging from the 55 meter dash (and 55 meter hurdles) through the 3,200 meters (roughly two miles), including the 200, 400, 800 and 1,600. There will also be a 4x400-meter relay.

Runners will be placed in heats based on their estimated time at registration.

There will also be three field events held: shot put, high jump and long jump.

Entry is $5 per athlete with no limit as to the number of races run, except the relay. The relay does cost $20 per four-person team. Entry is by on-line only: www.directathletics.com and ends this Wednesday at 5 p.m. for this Friday’s meet. Registration for the January 25th meet will close January 23rd at 5 p.m.

The meets begin at 5:05 p.m. each Friday and will be held in the Athletics Fieldhouse on the north end of the IPFW campus. There is a $5 admission fee for adult spectators and $2 for children.

Spikes are not required, but if you plan to wear spikes, they must be .25-inch pyramid.

But back to running fast. Fruchey says the one-year-old surface is still “real bouncy” and lends itself to fast times.

“For us older runners, it’s a great opportunity to see how fast we are,” Fruchey said. “I hope people take advantage of this great facility. We have a new scoreboard, automatic timing. It’s a first-class facility and I think runners will really enjoy running here.”