Little 500 on April 23rd/24th

Little 500 on April 23rd/24th

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Trent Hohenstreiter started this petition to Indiana University and

Indiana University has decided to postpone the Little 500 to Wednesday, May 26th at 12:00pm (womens) and 4:00pm (mens). This is not ideal and extremely disheartening. This takes away from the whole idea of the Little 500. It is no longer the Little 500, it is just a bike race.

With the change of the date, this will make it extremely hard for riders to even make it. Many seniors will be off to their new jobs, greek life kicked out of their houses, freshman kicked out of dorms, other students with summer internships, etc. Many of these riders have trained year round for an event they may not be able to attend now. To most of these riders it is more than just an intramural event. The hours and hard work the riders put into this event is unlike any other.

The state continues to increase the vaccinations and the COVID-19 cases continue to go down. Assembly Hall is hosting the NCAA tournament with 500 people at an indoor venue. There were football games with more than 500 people at each in the fall. Each of these cases people are coming in from all over. The Little 500 is an outdoor event with less than 500 people with students from the same school.

The only reason that can come to mind for pushing the race back a month is to prevent partying. This is devastating for the riders as they are getting punished for events outside of the race. Partying at Indiana University is going to happen regardless unfortunately. Parties were happening during football season. It's inevitable. 

This race should happen on April 23rd and 24th with 4 riders, coach, mechanic, and no fans. If not there will be no Little 500 for the 2nd year in a row and who knows the future of this event.

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