McAlpine race starts
10/05/2018 7:11:48 AM
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A question for the coaches with a history of racing at McAlpine. Do you notice any kind of time differences between getting a box on the dirt road vs starting in the high 30's? Do you feel your runners are at a big disadvantage having to cut over so far on a slower surface?
A question for the coaches with a history of racing at McAlpine. Do you notice any kind of time differences between getting a box on the dirt road vs starting in the high 30's? Do you feel your runners are at a big disadvantage having to cut over so far on a slower surface?
10/07/2018 2:27:28 PM
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@sdockery Not really. You only have to run in grass vs gravel for a few 100 meters. Even if it were slower by a second or two on a rainy day when the grass field might be a little mushy, that might not always be a bad thing in a place like McAlpine where entire races fields tend to blast all a bit too hard in the opening 400Ms anyway. In a 5K race, making up a couple seconds is immaterial. I wouldn't sweat it.
@sdockery Not really. You only have to run in grass vs gravel for a few 100 meters. Even if it were slower by a second or two on a rainy day when the grass field might be a little mushy, that might not always be a bad thing in a place like McAlpine where entire races fields tend to blast all a bit too hard in the opening 400Ms anyway. In a 5K race, making up a couple seconds is immaterial. I wouldn't sweat it.

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