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Another former Duck.
RE: What was your favorite race at Hayward Field? The top pros share their favorite Hayward field memories
Watching Rudy Chapa, with my teammates, win NCAA 5,000M.
Winning some races there.
All the famous races. 76 Trials. 2008 Trials. 2016 Trials. SEVERAL NCAA'S. Seeing Webb shock the meet and beat Jim Ryun' s HS record. Before that race everyone was like "yeah, right, he's going to try and break that record." Then, wow. El G's grace after the race in celebrating Webb.
All comers races there in the summers, hanging with all the families by the finish line.
Really the biggest memory isn't a single one, it's a collection.
The community. The fellow alums.
Duck teammates. All the good "kids" before and after.
Seeing my future girlfriend and her 3 daughters walk past me at the trials, a year and a half before I met her (back in our home state/town). What are the odds?
It's been an experience of so many experiences. Mostly I remember the vivid memories of Hayward being sunny and warm.
Except that one workout where we came into the home straight and were stood straight up by sideways rain and strong gales.
And Bill saying "don't worry about it, it's about the effort."
Tons of memories.
Time for the shock of the new.
And new memories for the next generations.
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