As you may or may not know, Penn State Behrend, in Harborcreek, has a brand-new track-and-field facility. This Saturday, April 27, the college is hosting its very first track meet ever! Local rivals Mercyhurst University and Gannon University will be coming to compete, so it’s sure to be a meet worth watching.
Admission is free, and there’s plenty of room around the track to sit (on grass, so bring a blanket) and watch all the action. All the details here.
These student athletes are just amazing and, as a runner, I find it fascinating to watch how quickly they can tear up 400 meters. It looks effortless!
I work at Penn State Behrend now and, as part of my 3-day-a-week marathon training plan, I’m doing speed work. The first week I had to do track work, I emailed Behrend’s track coach — Greg Cooper — and asked if the team would be on the track that night and, if they were, if he’d mind if I used a lane.
“No problem, it will show the kids that running is a lifelong activity!” he said.
So…I lingered at my desk for awhile and took my time getting up to the track in hopes the kids might be done. No such luck, they were still finishing up their workout.
Let’s just say I felt like a trundling warthog among lithe gazelles. I promptly changed my Monday night track workouts to later in the evening.
Regarding the track
BTW, friends, I’ve hesitated to put this out here in writing less someone spoil it all for us, but…the track is open for public use when it is not being used by the college. This means, you’re welcome to go there and do your own speed work.
But…I beg of you…clean up after yourself, be respectful of the facilities, and please chastise anyone else who is not. I once saw a couple up there who were letting their child ride their little bike on the track (Um…don’t do that)…and don’t bring your dog.
DO bring a water bottle though…cause there are no water fountains. There are porta potties nearby.
To get to the track, park in the main Erie lot (stop at Police Services & get a guest parking pass if it’s daytime), take the paved trail in the far left corner of the lot that has a sign out front that says “Behrend Fields.” Walk up about a 1/4 mile and the track is on your left, set up on a hill…and it is fantastic.