ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The “Hal Martin All-Comers” track meet is a long standing tradition for Rochester runners, but some attendees worry that it could be the last at Soldiers Field Park.
A little soggy weather didn’t stop the athletes Tuesday, but Rochester Track Club members believe paving the track with asphalt might.
In its 49th year, the “All-Comers” tradition is a free event where kids from toddlers to 10-year-olds can try their luck at anything – from running the 50 meter dash, to the long jump.
About 2,500 children and families showed up to Tuesday’s meet, but with the recent decision from the Rochester Park Board to pave the track with asphalt, RTC members worry they might have to move the this annual event.
“The biking and walking system is asphalt and we run on it often, it’s tough on the joints,” Race Director Dale Pfrimmer said. “And as they talk about the drainage and the angling of the track that just seems more unforgiving.”
Pfrimmer adds that for little ones, asphalt would make for a tough fall.
Weather permitting, the “All-Comers” track meets continue, starting at 6 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: June 18, July 2, July 9 and July 16.
In the meantime, track supporters plan to educate fellow Rochester runners about the public track’s future.