Friday, April 18, 2008

Moment of Truth: Wight Gets It Right

As co-director of the CARA Circuit's Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th race, I have been sweating the length of our "certified" 4-mile course since people deluged me after last year's race with complaints that it was too long. I tended to agree but had to defend USATF's measurers. We had our moment of truth today as USATF chief certifier Jay Wight and I dodged cars, cut tangents and stayed alive on our bikes, and guess what? The course was long by about 100 meters. How could that happen? Jay didn't know. The good news is we have a new measurement that comes out to 4.000027 miles! Jay is a real numbers guy. You have to be to do his job. It took us 15-20 minutes just to calibrate his bike for the measuring. You want to run the race? Check out:

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