The track events start at noon and will be on a rolling schedule. The point of this race is to qualify for Nationals, which will be held at the end of June. He'll need to run the 1500 in 5 minutes and the 5000 in 18:30 to be allowed to race at Nationals. We know that neither of these times will be a problem. Since this race and the Desert Challenge Games in May are Matt's only races before Nationals, he plans to race them to get a more accurate estimate of his fitness level and capability going into Nationals. In Mesa he'll run both events, too, but he'll have the benefit of them being on different days. This Saturday he won't have much of a break between events. Fingers crossed that the events will be on separate days in Charlotte, too.
Saturday's event location:
I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and post the results for all those that won't be able to make it. It will be a long afternoon so the kids will stay with Granma. Here are a few pictures from last year's race. Boy was it cold!
Saturday's race is sandwiched between the twins' fifth birthday on Friday and Easter on Sunday. We're looking forward to a wonderful, albeit exhausting weekend!