Who is going to tomorrow night’s Boca Raton 2012 Holiday Mile?! It’s a very cool and unique event – involving just that, a straight mile race on the streets of Boca Raton. It takes place just before the Holiday parade down Federal Highway in front of thousands of people (fans?)!
I participated last year and it was definitely an experience. Usually, road races are 5Ks so to get out of the gate in what felt like an all out sprint and run down the streets of Boca was an experience! And I also quickly realized how terrible I am at judging distance. I mistakenly did not take a minute to check out the course…and as a result assumed the finish was nearly 400 meters before it actually was! Wow, what a painful mistake!
Here are some pictures of last year’s event. I ran it with my former high school cross country team and close friend Angela Morando Singer and her husband Phillipe Singer. They were in from France!
Let me know if you run tomorrow night! And send me your pictures if you do!
Wow. It’s an amazing feeling to be back! It’s been 12 years since I was at the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships and it is great to be back! The energy of the fans and crowd, the friendliness of the officials, the enthusiasm of the parents and coaches, and of course the impressiveness and drive of the athletes is unmatched in my mind.
I am of course back now in a different position than I was 12 years ago but enjoying the experience nonetheless. Last time I was an athlete. In 1999, a two-time state champion in the 1600 and 3200 meter races; in 2000, a defending state champion (I didn’t repeat but did okay in the final races, medaling in both). This time around I am a coach. Coach to a high school senior, Nick, who is competing in tonight’s large school division 3200 meter race.
The experience and energy of the atmosphere here is the same – it’s excitement, it’s passion and it’s great athletics that I’m honored to be a part of! It truly makes you want to be better, work harder, and race more. I personally think this meet is going to serve as a great kick-off for a long summer of training and mileage. Because if seeing one female athlete (high school senior) race and WIN the 1600, 800 and 3200 (in amazing times) all in one night doesn’t get your heart pumping and wanting to compete, run, and win…than few other things will!
You can meet some of these same athletes at FLRunners.com, and see their amazing races, post-race interviews, etc. I think you’ll be motivated to be the best athlete you can be just the same…