Lofty Goals wrote:
I would love to believe those guys really ran 12:58 -13:00 and 13:00 - but I have my doubts about the validity. Is this not the same track where that blogger ran 30:37 for 10,000, from a previous best of around 31:30 (Zach Levet).
Not saying the track is short, but I am not convinced either that it is regulation size. Is there some procedure for confirming the validity of these extraordinary times?
First of all, it’s not the same track. There’s more than one track in Portland; Zach ran his race at Lewis and Clark college.
Secondly, the track was re-certified by USATF when they added the rail.
Thirdly, do you really think Nike built a 395 meter track? Why? Just to screw with their athlete’s workouts?
You’re denser than a ball of osmium
Do you have the USATF certification number?
As to your 3rd point, it is possible Nike and/or the construction company intentionally made the track short or made a mistake.