Ralph's Musings: The East Coast Classic Ralph Epifanio Feb 28, 2011

A century ago, there was another sort of track running through Bunnell, Florida--that of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad, known as the FEC. Was it fate, or irony, that Flagler-Palm Coast HS (FPC) chose Flagler East Coast Classic (FEC) for the name of their meet? In choosing a derailed, but still famous, transportation line as its namesake, they certainly invited comparisons between the two tracks. And with the bright orange glow of dusk that immediately preceded the finals, Henry’s haunting became all the more evident. The finals schedule, once begun, gained momentum faster than a runaway train (both on and off the track, so to speak), and all you could do was leap aboard when it was your turn to run (jump, throw, or hurdle).