7:00 AM: Packet pick up opens 8:30 AM: Community + youth, ages 12 and under 9:00 AM: Masters Women 50+ -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 9:20 AM: Masters Men 60+ -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 9:40 AM: Masters Women 40-49 -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 9:55 AM: Masters Men 50-59 -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 10:10 AM: Masters Men 40-49 -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 10:25 AM: Middle School & High School (Age 13-18) Boys and Girls 10:40 AM: Party (Bar, Gym, Restaurant, etc.) 11:00 AM: Open Women -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 11:15 AM: Open Men -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race
PLEASE NOTE: Teams for the USATF-NJ 1 Mile Team Championship competition will be declared using the normal process. That is, team captains will submit their rosters by e-mail to the timing company (CompuScore in this case) and to the USATF-NJ LDR Committee the day before the race. USATF-NJ will send out e-mail early during the week of the race to announce the race and provide the details for the roster submission process. The Big Bang Mile registration web site is where non-USATF-NJ teams are declared.
The schedule of each heat may be slightly adjusted on event day depending on the entries for each race. Cash awards will be given to the top 3 overall open men and women, masters men and women and age graded, men and women per USATF-NJ guidelines. Cash or merchandise prizes for the open races will be a minimum value of $150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd and $75 for 3rd Place. $100 Bonus for a winning time under 4:10 for the men or under 4:50 for the women. This race will be the USATF-NJ 2023 1 Mile Road Championship Race for all categories (Men and Women, Open and Masters). Flat, fast USATF certified course on closed roads. Course Records: Men John Walker 4:13.50 (2022) Women Danielle Barnes 5:06.44 (2022)
REGISTRATION $28 - All open and masters races until July 6, price increase to $32 $15 - Family Heat and Middle School/High School Heat until July 6, price increase to $18
Registration closes Friday, July 14, 2022 No registration on race day (except for the Community/Youth heat). No animals or headphones allowed. Strollers allowed only in the Community/Youth Heat at 8:30 AM. First 300 registered runners will receive a custom hat with the event logo. Custom race T-Shirts will be available to registrants for an additional fee.
FUN TEAM COMPETITION We are encouraging restaurants, gyms and bars to form a team and join in on the fun competition. In fact, starting this year, you will have your own heat called the "Party" mile. You need only 3 people to score. Contestants must be age 18 or older. Teams are co-ed. See this flyer for more info
AWARDS Top 3 overall open men and women Top 3 age-graded masters men and women Top 3 high school boys and girls Top 3 masters men and women finishers based on time
THE STORY BEHIND THE BIG BANG MILE
The Bell Works building was once a primary location for Bell Laboratories. “Bell Labs” attracted top-notch scientists to conduct basic research that might advance telephony. Two such scientists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, studied radio signals from space in support of the Telstar project. In 1964, to their surprise, they observed a background noise coming from every direction in the sky. Wherever they pointed their radio telescope, they measured the same frequency and strength of microwave radiation. Puzzled, Penzias and Wilson conferred with colleagues. Princeton University astronomer Robert Dicke revealed they had found evidence for the Big Bang. This is a theory that the universe started with an explosion 13.8 billion years ago. For their important contribution to science, Penzias and Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1978. The radio telescope used by Penzias and Wilson still stands today. It is located on top of Crawford Hill, about 2 miles northwest of the Bell Works facility. A nearby plaque explains its significance. It is worth a visit. Shore Athletic Club dedicates the Big Bang Mile Race to scientists everywhere. We hope that runners draw inspiration from this story to learn more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and perhaps even pursue a STEM career. Aim high!