SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Runners will be taking over 5th Street between Centennial Boulevard and A Street on Friday evening for the second annual Nick Symmonds 800 Meter Race, and the star Olympian himself will be running alongside them.
Last year’s race was a huge success; almost 200 people participated and an even bigger turnout is expected for this year’s run. What sets this event apart from other runs is that this is the first straight 800-meter race in the United States.
It’s fitting that the race takes place in Springfield, as this is a town that Symmonds says has cheered him on for his entire career.
“I’d love to be on the sidelines in 10 or 20 years and see a kid that maybe ran at a Nick Symmonds 800 and watch . . . him or her make it into a big team,” says Symmonds.
Entry fees for the race range from $5 to $18 and the money will benefit Committed Partners for Youth, more commonly known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lane County. The race starts at 5:45 p.m.