Iowa Writes

Sundown Run

As I walk down into the stadium I can see that the track is all mine. No one is running or walking, or stretching on the grass of the football field. It's unusual, but welcome.

The sun is setting behind the high school up the hill but is still high enough to illuminate the visitors' bleachers and the stretch of red asphalt passing below the stands. Hidden below the brim of the natural bowl, the home side is covered in dusk.

It's all mine, I think. All mine.

I enter the track through a two-turn corral of metal fencing and walk down the sixth lane, warming my muscles, preparing for the run. On my way to the starting line I pass into the shadow of the three-story press box. I move the red and white hurdles out of the way.

About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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Casey Wagner grew up in Iowa City and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2006. He now lives in California.

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