The Schrader 1600 is back in it's 16th year on May 6th, 2023.
2008 The Inaugural RaceCarl Stones, the first men's champion of our race, narrowly missed qualifying for the Texas high school state track meet. With only 8 athletes per class making the cut, it wasn't a mark of shame. Searching for another competition, his coach, Andy Jackson, organized what would become known as "The Schrader 1600." The namesake, Chris Schrader, embraced the honor, even firing the starter's pistol. DJ Paul Snyder spun tunes and raced alongside the other participants, giving birth to a modest but memorable event. Notable alumni from this first race include Paul, who ran a 14:07 5k at Columbia University, and Carl, who was an All-American at the University of Tulsa and a Steeplechase finalist at the 2015 USA Championships.The years in betweenCarl, Paul, Coach Jackson, and Chris laid the foundation for Paras to elevate the event. The second year saw one of Texas' most competitive 1600 fields, featuring over 20 boys with personal records (PRs) of 4:20 or better. Numerous PRs were set in other heats as well, highlighting the magic of competitive racing. A standout story is Gleb Rudenko's; needing a 4:20 time to walk on at Florida State University, he entered the meet with a 4:26 PR. After being placed in a competitive heat, Gleb triumphed with a 4:20 result, later enjoying success academically and athletically at FSU.Countless PRs, happy faces, and inspiring stories have emerged since then, with many more to come!Where we are today2023 marks the 16th edition of this thrilling race!The current meet is the result of dedicated individuals and a tireless drive to provide athletes of all ages the chance to run their fastest 1600-meter race. Scheduled between the region and state track meets (typically the first weekend in May), it welcomes anyone eager to run fast and have a blast.We strive for a 2.5-hour, action-packed event with minimal downtime between heats, resulting in the smoothest meet you'll ever experience. Focusing on a single event (the 1600/mile), participants are placed in heats with similar PRs, ranging from estimated finish times of around 7 minutes down to low 4 minutes. Every competitor has a chance to win their heat!
How The Race Works
What's this Race All About?Great question! It's a no-frills (read: affordable, awesome, and fun) 4-lap race around the track. Now celebrating its 16th year, this baby has been growing each time around. So, what exactly is it?For the past 15 years, we've put on this fabulous race smack dab between the regional meet and the state meet in Texas. Loads of runners in Texas don't qualify for these meets, but with the weather being oh-so-perfect in early May, we've decided to host a meet featuring tons of mile heats.The only races we offer are the mile. Say your PR for a mile is 5:40 - no worries! We'll group you with other runners with PRs between 5:35-5:45 and make a heat out of it. Same goes for PRs of 7:00 or 4:05. With 300+ runners joining, we'll definitely have the heat for you.SOUNDS GREAT, TELL ME MORE!Now that you know why we started this shindig, let's talk about what it's become. It's an amazing race to test your skills against other runners at your level - age doesn't matter. We take your seed time (which you provide when registering) and seed the heats accordingly. From there, we create lists and logically split the heats. Our ultimate goal is for every runner in a heat to have a fighting chance at winning - making for some insanely fun racing!
SO, WHAT'S NEXT? CAN I RUN??Heck yes, you can race!We don't care how old you are - in fact, we love seeing impressive performances from all ages (like 10-year-olds running well under 6:00 minutes and 45-year-olds running 4:45). Click that register button up top and sign up!MISCELLANEOUSObviously, we're not affiliated with the UIL and don't have any impact on eligibility or anything like that. Should you wear your high school jersey? Nah.Just throw on a shirt, some shorts, and come out to have a blast.WHOA, SEEMS LIKE YOU GUYS MAKE A LOT OF MONEY DOING THIS...Funny enough, we don't make a dime. Literally. None. We have costs (that our awesome friends graciously help cover), but any extra money we make goes right back to the school! In fact, Paras often underwrites all expenses!
WHAT ARE YOUR MEET RECORDS?Daniel Viegra - 4:07.24 (converted from a full mile where he ran 4:08.68)
Cate Westenhover - 4:50.84 (1600m)
Pro Men's Meet Record - Ricky Romero - 4:01.91 (full mile)
Pro Women's Meet Record - Sarah Lancaster - 4:37.55 (1600m)
We'd love to see those records shattered! But most importantly, we want people who enjoy track and want to snag a PR. So come one, come all, and let's run fast!
Our amazing sponsors underwrite the costs of the meet in order to maximize the donations we are able to make directly into the community. In 2018, the race made a donation that included a surprise visit to Marble Falls HS by Leo Manzano and Ari Perez of Fleet Feet Austin. That video is available to view here.If you'd like to be a sponsor for the 2023 version of the Schrader 1600, please email email@example.com and he'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Contact Us With Any Questions
The 2023 Schrader 1600 will be held at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.Date: May 6th, 2023Address: 3005 Co. Rd. 175, Leander, TX 78641Track Open: 4.30pmFirst Race: 5.45pmSchedule: Click here
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Athletes- The first heat will go off at 5.40p.
- Ensure you know what heat number you are
- You will check in 20-25 minutes before your heat in the middle of the infield where we will have a table with hip numbers.
- You need to be ready to go, doing strides, and getting ready to line up on the track when the heat prior to yours is ready to go.
- For example, if you're in heat 18, you need to be checked in by the time Heat 15 starts and you need to be finishing up and ready to go when Heat 17 starts.
- Bring your own water (there is a water fountain and bathrooms on site) and we'll have water for sale as well as some water bottles we'll have in a cooler for athlete use only.Parents and Fans
- No cost to attend this year
- We will have drinks, pizza, and all kinds of snacks. Plan on making a night out of it and it'll be a lot more fun!
- Bring lawn chairs. It will be wet and the bleachers will not be fun.
- Don't bring soccer balls, frisbees, etc. The whole point of race night is racing - and anything going on in the infield is solely for warming up. Athletes are not going to concern themselves with stuff happening in the infield.
**This is a rolling schedule and we will do our best to stay on this as close as humanely possible. Things do happen from time to time however, so bear with us!The track will open around 5.00p and the first heat will start at 5.45p
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