Get Indiana University to Change the Little 500 Date

Get Indiana University to Change the Little 500 Date

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Max williams started this petition to Students & Alumni of Indiana University and

As students and associates of Indiana University, we believe the recent development regarding the date change of the annual and historic Little 500 bike race is unfair. Having already been cancelled last year, many students will be rendered unable to attend their last two races of their times at Indiana University. As for reasons why I believe this particular change is harmful, there are several. 

Firstly, the riders and their respective organizations have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year to demonstrate their athleticism and devotion in front of the student body. With the race now taking place after the majority of the student body is off-campus, riders close to me feel very disheartened and unmotivated to participate. Riders and their teams believe that Indiana University has blindsided them by announcing these new rules and dates with little to no warning. Furthermore, a lot of participants in the race itself will not be able to compete because of internships, travel, and jobs during the time. Subsequently, we as students and alumni have been working and focusing on improving the health and safety of our campus community as a whole. COVID-19 cases in Monroe County have been on a steep decline recently, further supported by the county moving to a “blue status” not a long time ago. This recent decision is a result of the COVID-19 positivity rate being at around .1% on our campus. 

Little 500 is supposed to be a competitive time where people bond together to support the organizations they associate with. I believe that moving the date of the 2020-2021 Little 500 to after students are not in classes is very drastic, and that other options should be assessed before finalizing such an important decision as this. Therefore we urge you to reconsider this decision in respect to the organizations, students, and those competing in this race. 

 

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