Earlier this week I measured the race circuit at the Autobahn Country Club near Joliet, Illinois for a foot race they're going to have this November. The Autobahn is a private race track where the members can run performance cars at the speeds for which they were designed. Much like a golf country club, the race track is surrounded by housing. There's a north circuit and a south circuit and they can be combined to form one circuit which they say is over 3.5 miles.
The race in November will be one lap of the complete circuit, starting and finishing at the the start/finish line for the south circuit. It measured out to almost 5508 meters.
The 5508 meter measurement includes the SCPF. My question is "Does it need to?"
Given that the course is the length that it is and that the distance is not one at which any kind of national record would be kept, I'm not sure it needs this particular precaution we take against courses being short.
Something like this almost seems like a cross between a regular measurement- where we set a course up to be a certain length- and a validation measurement- where we offer an opinion as to the length of an existing course.
I'm not advocating any changes, and this course is going to be the length it is whether we say it's 5508 or 5513 meters, but I thought this was worth putting out on the forum for discussion.