Sacramento nationals will give distance runners, jumpers a break
Bob Burns, who’s helping promote the 2010 Sacramento masters nationals (and 2011 worlds), has confirmed what some folks have noticed on the meet site: Distance runners won’t have to race in the hottest parts of the July meet. Bob writes:Â “Youâ€™re correct that all races 1,500 and (over) will be run in the morning. Generally speaking, all races 1500 or longer will be in the early morning and every effort will made to have oldest age groups run at the coolest times. Some distance races can be run Thursday night as well.”
Actual times canâ€™t be set until the entries are in. Depending on the number of entries in certain races, meet organizers might be able to schedule other track races outside of the hotter periods. Also plan to hold all vertical jumps in the mornings because those athletes are out in the sun the longest. Shade tents will be available during all field event competitions. The banquet dictates an early start and finish on Saturday. George (Kleeman, a meet organizer) indicated heâ€™ll work around that to the best of his ability.
This is great news. But I hope officials work in shifts, since early starts and late finishes would make for some brutally long days under the baking sun.
One element of the schedule may bum out the weight folk, however. The Sacramento site says: “The weight throw will not be contested at this championship.”
Not sure why. They had this event at 2009 Oshkosh nationals.