Stumptown was a BUST. Glad I didn't pay for it!
Yeah, but the weather didn't help. Not sure if rain is to blame completely, as pretty much every race was slow even when the rain was lighter.
I think sometimes when athletes see rain or a wet track, they relax their minds and confidence a little bit going into the race, so their ceiling drops a little. David Rudisha is a good example
Slow times, bad tactics, boring races.
I went to the meet and thought it was great. However, I got in for free:)
I took a picture during the men's 800 and it was of the grandstand on the backstretch on the other side with 0 people in it. So you're not the only one who didn't pay.
Granted it was raining hard at that point and that grandstand wasn't covered while the other one was. However, everyone at the meet could be fit into one section of the stands on one side easily.
But when I took the picture I thought it was the beauty of our sport. Some of America's best were going at it, in the rain, and they didn't care if anyone was watching. It was about their own personal dreams. I saw the USA diving trials on TV this week and no one was there. But I remember someone one time said, "track fans don't really want track to be popular. You couldn't sit wherever you wanted and tickets would be a lot more expensive."
So true, tickets to the USA soccer match in Seattle were $300 a pop for good seats last week. Trials tickets for the whole week are $550 I see.
I think the issue last night wasn't the weather but that there aren't that many hard core track fans in Portland is the issue or anywhere else for that matter. The other Portland meet had a lot more people but it also has a lot more sections and high school races so I suspect a lot of the people are there to run or watch someone else run and hang around.
The USATF indoor 3k with all of Portland's top runners wasn't very well attended.