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Last weekend (1/30), J & I went to our first professional track meet (as spectators, just to be clear! LOL), the Camel City Elite races. The meet took place at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, just a 20 min drive for us. I had been to this indoor track before, when I ran the Indoor Insanity race in 2015 and 2013. Super exciting to watch elite athletes run on the same track where I have run before too!
J & I arrived around 12:30 and the meet started at 2:05 PM. We didn’t realize that the college meet was still taking place, so we watched about six heats of the women’s and men’s 4×400 meter relay. The track is a 200 meter track, so you get to see the athletes more frequently than a standard 400 meter track, which is cool.
We plunked ourselves in the middle of the Virginia State University track team… front row, finish line. Perfect Spot! Check out how close I got to these athletes.
First event: Women’s 3,000 meters (that’s 1.864 miles for any other nerds out there!)
Men’s 3,000 meters
We were amazed at this 18-year-old high school phenom, as he hung with the elites:
And the winner:
Next up: Women’s 60 meter finals
Men’s 60 meter finals
Women’s 800 meters
Women’s 60 meter hurdles, featuring Lolo Jones:
Men’s hurdles, featuring Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, Ashton Eaton:
Mellow Mushroom Women’s Mile:
Men’s 1 mile:
Overall, a very enjoyable event that I think we’ll continue to go to, as long as we live here. The prize money and fast track brings the athletes here, and it’s great to be so close to such talent. It really inspired me… and then I got sick this past week. A sore throat, so I’m not completely side-lined, but still… I want to run! Anyways, AMAZING job to all the athletes! So sweet for you to come to Winston-Salem, the “Camel City” 🙂
Full results here.