On Friday evening, the Bowerman Track Club will run an evening of relays with all proceeds going to the Equal Justice Initiative – an organization to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality in the criminal justice system. Beyond raising money for the EJI, the team is looking to break both the men’s and women’s American 4 x 1,500m records, with the women taking a stab at the world record as well.
The Bowerman Intra-squad meets have produced some strong results, including two national records and a top-10 all-time performance. Just a few weeks ago, Mohammed Ahmed ran a national 5,000m record of 12:47.20 and followed that up with a 3:34 1,500m, making him the fifth-fastest in Canadian history. His teammate, Shelby Houlihan, also broke her own American 5,000m record, running a 14:23.92. Friday night will be the fourth of five meets.
The marquis event of the evening is the 4 x 1,500m, followed by some mixed-gender 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m relays. The goal for the 4 x 1,500m is to see the men average under 3:40 per leg and the women to go under 4:13 for the American record and maybe even 4:08 for the world record, which was set by the Kenyan team in 2014.
How to watch
Events begin at 8 p.m. PT on USATF.tv Friday evening and can be watched on YouTube by noon PT on Saturday.
How to donate
The team is trying to raise $15,000. Runners can pledge money via this link and donate outright, or alternatively, they can participate in the auction for some cool prizes, like playing Call of Duty with Shelby Houlihan or getting a signed copy of Shalane Flanagan’s cookbook, Run Fast, Eat Slow.