Sunday, May 31, 2015

Prefontaine Classic + dreams coming true

I went to the Prefontaine Classic yesterday expecting to have a pretty good time, watch my favorite athlete race, and see some good races.  I did not expect to get to meet my favorite athlete!
 !!!! During her victory lap after the 400, I saw Allyson Felix take a few pictures with people, so when she came by I had to ask!  I wish I could've actually said something to her about how she was my sprinting idol, but once she said yes I was just tongue tied.  I might've accidentally squealed for a second? The only reason I  went to the meet was because I saw she was racing, and then I almost didn't go because the tickets were kind of expensive.  I can't even express how glad I am that I did go! This was worth everything, and probably the coolest thing that's happened to me in I don't know how long.
 During the races, I had a prime spot on the back curve (called the Bowerman Curve after the famous former coach), and I got to take some pictures.  At the time, I thought this was the coolest opportunity of the meet, getting to watch  and take photos Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards Ross race a 400 at the best track facility in the nation.

 In addition to those two favorite women, I got to watch a slew of other elite athletes. Justin Gatlin (pictured above), Tyson Gay, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce (slapped her hand during her victory lap for the 100), and others.  Almost every race finished with the victor getting the fastest time in the world so far this year.  The women's 5k was the most excited I've ever seen an entire facility get about a race that long.  The winner almost broke the world record (she ended up getting the 5th fastest time ever) and she ran the meet record, Hayward Field record, and fastest 5k ever on U.S soil.  Overall, an incredible experience.  Though I'm not always the happiest out here, away from family and friends, it's quite the opportunity to get to live in (ok, next town over from) Track Town, USA.  The U.S. championships are coming up in a few weeks when once of my friends is visiting, I might need to look into getting tickets...

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