Marathon season is in the air and the Jack Hayward Mile Run is on cue, as another road race set for this weekend.
The 20-plus year tradition returns this Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m. near the Sunrise Laundromat and ending at the Jack Hayward High School grounds.
Coach Desmond Hall noted that the mile run is not only one of the top activities at the school, but it is also an early jump for their athletes to test their conditioning.
“It’s always been a stigma, in part, in terms of school activities and it’s a way to have kids from various schools, including our school use this as a tune up to check where their physical fitness is when coming into track and field,” he said. “And also it’s a continued effort to try to keep kids physically fit.
“We continue to do this because it’s a good thing for students in our school, in particular, to continue to try and help them to live healthy lives, and for the community at large to come and be a part of.”
Hall urged that all early registrants to turn their forms into the school. Interested runners can register the morning of the event beginning at 8:00.
As opposed to most 5Ks and 10Ks that are on the horizon, Hall noted, this road race was designed for persons who may not be able to handle the rigors of an extended race, in mind.
“The whole idea is not for you … when you talk about persons being physically fit, to make it so grueling for those not being physically fit, but to make it less grueling and make it fun.”
Hall added that the race can also be a great gauge for some of the schools’ top athletes ahead of their respective upcoming seasons.
“The top tier athletes are going to test how well they run the mile and see what times they can bring in. We always have an automatic timer, in here, so it can kind of tell the coaches and gauge their athletes on where they are at in terms of getting at the peak performance when Track and Field Season gets into full swing.
“The top tier athletes, I expect them to do well. It’s always fun and competitive so we may see some remarkable times early, or we may not. It’s a test to ensure the coaches and athletes that they are in condition and where they need to be at when Track and Field Season comes around.”
Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off at Jack Hayward High.