Thursday, January 11, 2007

I'm Getting Dizzy Just Thinking About It!

Those crazy kids from the Band of 10,000 Aches running club are staging the second annual Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday, January 14th. The marathon will be 150 laps on the 282 meter upstairs running track in the Tostrud Field House.

There are various reasons for doing a marathon on a 282 meter track and most of them are covered in this PiPress story by Richard Chin.

The biggest perk is that you get your own member of the St. Olaf College women's track and field team to count your laps and cheer you on. Proceeds from the race benefit the team.

The course record is 3:07:50 by Randy Peterson in last year's inaugural race. The women's course record has not been established. Unfortunately, the IAAF and USATF don't seem to recognize the indoor marathon for record purposes.

A quick Google search located few hits for other indoor marathons. However, some fast times were recorded at the LGA Indoor Marathon in Nuremberg, Germany, on October 30th of last year. Hannes Schmidt won in 2:56, while Elke Streicher ran 3:46 to lead the women.


Don said...

Hi guys - looking forward to your new blog.

My sweeties and I are running this crazy marathon!

Can't make the USATF meeting, but if I were there I'd ask what is happening to the 2006 Runner of the Year tabulations and results.

miller said...

Don - that may be the subject of a future post. It's my understanding that the 2006 Runner of the Year lists are being compiled. We will get a post up when we have some details.

Don said...


I'd like to see us work toward a long-term goal of computing and posting the up-to-date ROY results every week, or at least every month, througout the season. I doubt that would be much more work than doing it all at once, and it would give an individual ROY wannabe some direction as to the next races s/he should run.

Take care