L.A. plotting bid for 2009 outdoor masters nationals
The California grapevine is buzzing about a likely bid for the 2009 USATF Outdoor Masters National Championships. USATF Western Regional Coordinator Mark Cleary has informed some folks: “The bid for the 2009 outdoor nationals has a few details that need to be resolved. . . I feel that the bid will go forward, but I am not the only one involved in the process. Am doing what I can to make it happen.” In the past, Mark has mentioned Azusa Pacific University as a potential site for masters nationals. But that school would have to live down its reputation for bonking. This past summer, it pulled out as host for the USATF national club championships.
On the plus side: APU has a new track. And the weather is generally great in SoCal at nationals time. Plus tourism possibilities. But will USATF delegates at the Indy convention at the end of this month opt for back-to-back West Coast sites?
The 2008 masters nationals will be in Spokane, Washington, after a 2007 return to Orono, Maine, for the third time.
Who’s in the running besides Los Angeles?
Sacramento has expressed interest in the past, but it appears to be stepping aside in favor of a potential L.A. bid.
Anuther wrinkle is that the San Francisco Bay Area (about 1.5 hours west of Sacramento) is hosting the 2009 National Senior Olympics — the multisport festival that includes track and field. With nicer medals than masters nationals, generally. So Northern California might not want to have dueling meets, especially since they’d both be held the first half of August.
At one point, Indianapolis was rumored to be mulling a bid, but two USATF association enchiladas there have told me they won’t seek the 2009 meet. The new prez of the San Diego-Imperial USATF association has expressed an interest in someday hosting masters natiionals, but I’ve heard no concrete planning for such a bid.
So that’s all I know.
Anyone have a clue who else is bidding for 2009?