running quirks is referring to track races in thousands of meters, and leaving the "K"s to the roads. Portland Track describes their motivation to host this event very nicely:On Friday evening, August 5th, Portland Track is hosting a 10,000 meter track race. Note, that I didn't call it a "10K". One of my
"The 10,000m is a race that's losing respect. 25 laps around the track is a race of beauty, of strength and determination. Some of the greatest distance races of all-time have been contested over the distance. As the big events lose interest in the event, we've seen this as a calling, a reason to launch our own 10,000m right here in Portland."The 10k road race has always been my nemesis, as I have never been able to fully master the combination of all-out speed and diligent pacing the distance requires. And in my long running career, I have only run two 10,000 meter races on the track, 20 years apart: At the conference championships as a freshman in college in 1983, and at Hayward Field at the USATF National Masters Championships in 2003. I remember the 25-lap experience as a grueling exercise in stamina and mental toughness, as the surrounding scenery, spectators, and other athletes formed a flip book of images 25 pages long. You see the same people each circuit, very slightly repositioned as the race progresses. Somehow I managed solid times and successful results each time, but I have the utmost respect for anyone who can endure this event more than twice, or more frequently than every two decades!
When: Friday, August 5th
Where: Lewis And Clark College Track
What time: 5:00p
Registration: Only $10 for adults, $5 for students. You can register online HERE.