CO Coach wrote:
tangerine tango wrote:
The sub 4 in Colorado remains very elusive. I think it will be a while before we ever see it.
If you want to do it at low altitude you have to go through the entire process of setting up an official race at these obscure locations like tonight in Grand Junction and the past attempt in La Junta, and then hoping for good weather. These one-offs are few and far between.
There was also the St. Vrain people offering big money for a sub 4--BUT--it's been held in April which is bad timing for the big time professionals and April weather on the front range will very likely be not ideal. Anything short of perfect weather and you can almost forget it.
That leaves CU indoor track, where the current record was set. You need a CU stud to be in 3:55 shape in January/February. Very difficult task to lower that over another full second.
I've watched the St. Vrain attempts over the years, I've come to the conclusion that we need a pretty elite miler, like 3:52 or faster to come to Colorado in nearly top form to break 4:00.0 here. Maybe even 3:50 or faster. I'm not sure it's ever going to happen.
I agree. 3:55 is the minimum fitness, if you can run at altitude, if you have perfect pacing, etc.
How do you get some 3:50 guy to come do it? Money of course. St. Vrain had money, but nobody showed up. if you don't go sub 4 you leave with nothing. It's too big a gamble, but I do hope they can continue to offer that money in future years, somebody will show up eventually