Re: AP *1M 1/16 distance--TG

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Posted by JJP on May 17, 2001 at 10:23:58:

In Reply to: Re: AP *1M 1/16 distance--TG posted by TGJB on May 16, 2001 at 20:01:16:

: : Hopefully with your (meaning TG) data on the run-up distance/etc., can you explain why the Abt 8.5F races at AP are consistently so pedestrian?

: : Off the top of my head, I'd say that are somewhere in the area of at least 4 full seconds off what a normal 8.5F race would be timed in.

: : Is there a general number that the "correct" distance is more like 8.7F or what??? Even though the actual run-up may change from race to race, knowing 8.7F VS 8.5F would STILL help...

: : I would have the same question for FG 7.5F turf races, that often feature :25 :48 type pace splits, the downhill sprints at SA, *9F at FPX, Florida grass races out of the chutes, and TIM with those *6.5F races that go in 1:20-ish type times...

: : I don't understand why tracks run races at odd distances, and also why there are no splits for the HIA grass races...?

: : Any data you could share on the ACTUAL distance of those races or how to find out about them on my own would be appreciated.

: TG--Can't tell you why tracks run them, but "about" means not exactly that distance. At Arlington it's usually the only 2-turn race they run, so I don't tie it to the other races anyway (as discussed here before). I also don't tie downhill 1-turn races to grass routes. At Timonium you get lots of those 2-turn 6-1/2 races, so you compare them to each other. Very slow early fractions are usually a function of very short run-ups. (see Pim 6f.) TGJB

Arlington does run races at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. The biggest problem in the timing of about 1 1/16 mile races at Arlington is the first half mile, which usually are run in the :51 to :53 range.

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