It’s Tuesday Night at the Races! Tonight will be the second of five indoor track meets at University of Portland. I’ve made it to several meets in each of the last two years, but this year I have a Tuesday night class, in addition to my (almost-healed!) stress fracture.
I had a lot more to say about the races when I was actually going to them, but since I can’t, I just want to tell you all to go, and have fun. Or not, your choice. For those of you who are on the fence about going, maybe this list of my top five favorite things about Tuesday Night at the Races will sway you:
- It’s a chance to race in the winter – there aren’t that many of those.
- Everyone 8th grade and older is welcome. This means that if you’re a 14 year-old girl it’s awesome when you beat all the older ladies, and if you’re a 26 year-old lady, you have to try extra-hard so you don’t suffer the humiliation of being beat by tiny teenagers.
- Olympians have run on this track! I just learned that from there website, which is good – because the track is pretty weird, with it’s seven laps to a mile situation going on. But if it’s good enough for Michael Johnson and Galen Rupp, then I suppose it’s good enough for me.
- $5 buys you an entry into every race of the night. This is great because as someone who insists on getting her money’s worth, I always enjoy getting the most meters per dollar as possible. This probably boosts the sprinter’s confidence a lot when they get to race against me.
- Running releases endorphins.
Okay, I know the last one is more of a general benefit of running, but running will happen at Tuesday Night at the Races, and I ran out of things I like about it. Let me know if my list convinced you, and if you’ll be going to Portland’s indoor track meet series!