Meet #3: 10th Annual 1,500m Night

Series Information

2018 marks the 14th year of the Runners' Choice London Distance Series. All meets are sanctioned by Athletics Ontario and hosted by the London Runner Distance Club, with the help of local officials and volunteers. Our goal is to provide well-organized, late evening racing opportunities for distance runners of all abilities: from local competitors to international level qualifiers. Heats will run Slow to Fast, with High Performance sections towards the end of each meet. Organizers will post Performance Lists and Final Schedules at least 24 hours in advance.

Please Note
*Following the 2016 IAAF rule change, 5,000m and 10,000m races will only be conducted as Mixed gender when there are insufficient entries to host separately.
*We strongly encourage athletes and coaches to use recent performances, or reasonable estimates, when submitting seed times.
*Entries will be done online using TrackieReg


General Information

Date: Saturday June 16th, 2018
Location: TD Stadium, 100 Philip Aziz Avenue, London, ON
Sanctioned by: Athletics Ontario
Host Club: London Runner Distance Club


Final Schedule
6:40pm Open Men 1,500m Section 1 (seeds 5:10.00-7:05.00)
6:48pm Open Men 1,500m Section 2 (4:47.00-5:04.34)
6:56pm Open Men 1,500m Section 3 (4:34.79-4:44.00)
7:04pm Open Men 1,500m Section 4 (4:25.00-4:33.60)
7:12pm Open Men 1,500m Section 5 (4:19.00-4:24.00)

7:20pm Open Women 1,500m Section 1 (5:35.00-6:06.00)
7:28pm Open Women 1,500m Section 2 (5:15.00-5:30.00)
7:36pm Open Women 1,500m Section 3 (5:08.77-5:14.37)
7:44pm Open Women 1,500m Section 4 (5:02.07-5:08.29)
7:52pm Open Women 1,500m Section 5 (4:57.00-5:01.51)

8:00pm Open Men 1,500m Section 6 (4:15.00-4:18.43)
8:07pm Open Men 1,500m Section 7 (4:11.90-4:14.25)
8:14pm Open Men 1,500m Section 8 (4:10.00-4:11.00)
8:21pm Open Men 1,500m Section 9 (4:07.00-4:09.51)
8:28pm Open Men 1,500m Section 10 (4:04.56-4:06.60)

8:35pm Open Women 1,500m Section 6 (4:50.94-4:56.00)
8:42pm Open Women 1,500m Section 7 (4:45.61-4:50.11)
8:49pm Open Women 1,500m Section 8 (4:40.03-4:45.00)
8:56pm Open Women 1,500m Section 9 (4:36.00-4:39.61)

9:05pm Open Men 1,500m Section 11 (4:01.00-4:03.00)
9:12pm Open Men 1,500m Section 12 (3:59.00-4:00.99)
9:19pm Open Men 1,500m Section 13 (3:57.52-3:58.92)
9:26pm Open Men 1,500m Section 14 (3:56.19-3:57.50)
9:33pm Open Men 1,500m Section 15 (3:56.00)

Short break for officials; let's thank them for helping out tonight!

9:45pm HP Women 1,500m Section 1 (4:29.49-4:34.89)
9:53pm HP Men 1,500m Section 1 (3:54.11-3:55.86)
*Pacer - Michael Petersen 800m @ 2:02-2:03
10:01pm HP Women 1,500m Section 2 (4:23.74-4:28.29)
*Pacer - Jaimie Phelan 800m @ 2:19-2:20
10:09pm HP Men 1,500m Section 2 (3:50.71-3:54.02)
*Pacer - Tristan Allen 800m @ 2:00-2:01
10:17pm HP Women 1,500m Section 3 (4:09.42-4:22.94)
10:25pm HP Men 1,500m Section 3 (3:41.28-3:50.57)
*Pacers - Mitchell Paterson & Nick Falk 800m @ 1:55-1:56

Travelling to London? Accommodations are available very close to the track.

Live results will be provided by Windsor Timing.
Matt Goodale Photography has posted the official meet photos (from 8:00pm onwards)
Maxine Gravina Media made a great video of athletes describing what 1,500m Night is like

Free Entry to Local Kids

We are offering free entry to local kids who are not involved with track cubs. Read the full article. Deadline to request entry is Wednesday, June 13th.


Name: Steve Weiler
Phone: (519) 777-6096


Online registration:

Deadline Date Price
Regular 11:59pm Monday, June 11 $20
Late 11:59pm Thursday, June 14 $40

If not registered with Athletics Ontario/Canada, add $2.00 insurance fee.

Athletes that register for 1,500m Night and then run a time faster than their seed can request to have their seed time updated.

Age Categories: All races will be run as Open events

HP Sections & Seed Time

The cut-off between Open and HP sections is 4:36 (Female) and 3:56 (Male). Open seed times should be 4:36.00/3:56.00 and slower, using real performances or reasonable estimates.

Entry into HP sections requires performances under 4:36 (Female) and 3:56 (Male), including proof of performance, since May 1, 2017. Seeds will be checked automatically online, using the Athletics Canada database and, if necessary, will be checked manually.

Mile conversions will be accepted; please notify the meet director by email if you are using a mile conversion (use Mercier website, linked below).
If using an indoor performance, use the actual 1,500m result, do not use a converted time.

HP Sections - Seed Time Exceptions: In the extraordinary circumstance that an athlete was unable to compete in a 1,500m race since May 1, 2017, but feels they are capable of running under 4:36/3:56, the athlete can 'Mercier' their best performance and add 3-5 seconds as follows:
*3,000m and 5,000m times - convert to 1,500m time and add 3 seconds
*800m and 3,000m Steeplechase - convert to 1,500m time and add 5 seconds

Please notify the meet director by email if you are using a conversion.
Mercier Website:

Requesting slower seed time: Athletes with legitimate HP seed times are allowed to request to be entered at a slower time, ex if they are returning from injury.

Waiver: Every participant is required to agree to the online waiver. For athletes under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must do so during online registration.

Request a Song: During registration, all HP 1,500m participants will be asked "What song would you like to hear played during the meet?" Request a song and we will most likely play it during the meet; please do not request inappropriate songs.


The winner of EVERY section will receive an award from Nothers Signs & Recognition.
The winner of EVERY section will also have the opportunity to receive a free entry to the 2019 HP sections, so long as they have the appropriate standard and contact the race director by the posted deadline.

Athletes are reminded to always abide by IAAF rule 144. 

2018 Pacing Requests (as of June 15th)
Women - looking for women capable of pacing to 800m in 2:22 or faster, including sub-2:20 for 2nd fastest section and 2:12-2:13 at 800m for the top section.
Pacers will receive $100-$300, depending on which section they pace and how far they go


Canadian clubs entering athletes with performances under 3:50 (M) and/or 4:30 (W) are eligible to have their shared accomodations - suites at Ontario Hall - covered by the London Runner Distance Club. To be eligible for free accommodations, the athletes MUST be registered by Monday, June 4th and coaches must have confirmed details with the meet director, also by Monday, June 4th. Get your inquiries in early: as a limited number of suites can be covered, only the first 4 Canadian athletes per gender (8 total) are guaranteed free accommodations

*performances of sub-3:50 (M) and sub-4:30 (W) since May 1, 2017
*registered and confirmed with meet director by Monday, June 4th
*located at least 3 hours from London

American training groups are welcome to inquire about accommodations as well. 

Eligible athletes will receive:
*1 night accommodations if travelling 3-5 hours to London
*2 nights accommodations if travelling >5 hours to London and 2nd night is requested