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Bowerman Track Club to attempt 4 x 1,500m WR for charity

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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. 

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RELAY MADNESS x EJI FUNDRAISER ⠀ And we’re back for another BTC Instrasquad meet! This Friday will be devoted exclusively to relays. First up will be a 4x1500m where the Men and Women will go after the American Records of 14:40.8 (3:40 per leg) and 16:55.33 (4:13 per leg). The Women may or may not also have their 👀 on the World Record of 16:33.58 (a shade under 4:08 per leg) set by the Kenyan team in 2014. In conjunction with these attempts we will be raising money for the Equal Justice Initiative, the organization founded by Bryan Stevenson to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality by providing legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prison. EJI’s operations also include a host of initiatives outside the courtroom aimed at changing the narrative on race in America and providing equal opportunity to all its citizens. We strongly encourage you to follow the link in our profile and check out the pledge we have set up based on if, and how far our teams can get under the American Records. We will also be following up in the coming days with some very cool and very rare auction items. So stay tuned to our story. For more on the Equal Justice Initiative check out their website or the book/movie ‘Just Mercy’. ⠀ Also! After the serious business of the 4×1500’s we’re going to have some fun with our mixed gender relay teams. This week we’re expanding the challenge to include a 4×800 as well as the 4×400. Can Sean’s team extract revenge for their close loss to Grant’s squad last Tuesday? Will any team get creative with their lineup strategy? Tune in to USATF.tv at 8pm PT Friday or to our YouTube channel at noon on Saturday to find out! ⚡️⚡️⚡️ ⠀ 📸: @cortneywhite_ . . . #BowermanTC @eji_org #UntilWeAllWin

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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 events

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