On track: Aaron Evans said: “The course has very tight turns, but I’m just looking to win. I’m an 800m runner and I’m not a miler at all.” *Photo courtesy of University of Georgia
On track: Aaron Evans said: “The course has very tight turns, but I’m just looking to win. I’m an 800m runner and I’m not a miler at all.” *Photo courtesy of University of Georgia

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21: Aaron Evans has his eyes on the KPMG Front Street Mile in January.

The 800m runner told the Bermuda Sun he is aiming to be the first Bermudian to win the Elite Male Race.

Last year Chayce Smith was the top Bermudian with a third place finish in a time of 4:20.6 behind Tesfaye Dube (4:19) and Steve Slattery (4:20.4).

Evans was in Bermuda this week to receive $5,000 cheque from Bermuda Healthcare Services (see page 46 for separate stories).

He said he was “grateful” under former Premier Dr Ewart Brown’s direction Bermuda Healthcare Services decided to step up and help sponsor him.

“There’s not a lot of sponsorship opportunities and was very grateful that he believed in us.”

Record

Evans, the Bermuda national record holder in the 800m, graduates from the University of Georgia in May, but his collegiate eligibility is finished so he will be running an as independent for the time being.

He will be training with Bahamian sprint coach George Claire.

Evans says he will begin his track season on home soil.

“My first race I’m hoping to open up in Bermuda with the Front Street Mile Elite race. There’s never been a Bermudian to win that so hopefully I can win that.”

The middle distance runner said setting a personal best is irrelevant, the objective is to win the race.

“The course has very tight turns, but I’m just looking to win. I’m an 800m runner and I’m not a miler at all.”

He said after the Front Street Mile he will focus on a couple of indoor meets.

Evans said his main goal is to qualify for the 2013 World Track and Field Championships in Moscow in August.