LOCATION Bell Works 101 Crawfords Corner Rd Holmdel, NJ US 07733
DATE Saturday, July 16, 2022 Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ
2ND ANNUAL BIG BANG MILE
Saturday, July 16, 2022 Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ
TENTATIVE EVENT SCHEDULE (RACE TIMES MAY BE ADJUSTED BASED ON ENTRIES)
4:00 PM - Bib pick up opens 5:00 PM - Family heat + youth, ages 12 and under 5:25 PM - Middle School & High School (Age 13-18) Boys and Girls 5:40 pm: Masters Women 50+ -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 6:00 pm: Masters Men 60+ -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 6:20 pm: Masters Women 40+ -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 6:40 pm: Masters Men 50+ -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 7:00 pm: Masters Men 40+ -- USATF-NJ Team Championship Race 7:15 pm: Open Women 7:30 pm: Open Men
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 USATFNJ 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 USATFNJ 2022 1 Mile Road Championship Race for masters men and women. Flat, fast USATF certified course on closed roads. Course Records: Men - Luciano Fiore - 4:18.61. Women - Courtney Decker - 5:11.49
REGISTRATION $28 - All open and masters races $15 - Family Heat and Middle School/High School Heat Registration closes Friday, July 15, 2022 No registration on race day.No animals or headphones allowed. Strollers allowed only in the Family/Youth Heat at 5:00.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.
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!