2014 masters nationals in Winston-Salem, N.C., a 6-day meet?
Memo to self: Get in shape by 2014. That’s when I enter the M60 age group. No more excuses for not running the long hurdles, since I’ll be eligible for the 300-meter race that year. And just in case you’re updating your calendar: The 2014 nationals at Wake Forest are set for July 15-20. Yes, that appears to be a six-day meet, a departure from our normal 4-day nationals. Maybe it’s a typo. Anyone know? Here’s what the local paper reported, citing a press release:
From the News-Record of Greensboro, North Carolina:
Winston-Salem has won the bid to host the 2014 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The event will bring an estimated 2,100 athletes, coaches and support staff to Winston-Salem July 15-20, 2014.
“With the strong support of our local organizing committee, Twin City Track Club and in partnership with Wake Forest University to use their facilities, Visit Winston-Salem put forth an aggressive and convincing bid to host this prestigious athletic competition,” said Richard Geiger, president of Visit Winston-Salem, the convention and visitors bureau for Forsyth County.
Winston-Salem will host the meet for the first time. The event, featuring athletes ages 30 to 95, will include track distances of 100 meters to 10,000 meters and field events such as all jumps, shot put, javelin and discus.
“Having competed in the Masters Track & Field the last four years I understand the needs of the Masters community and what’s attractive to them in a host city and facility,” said Noel Ruebel, meet director and track coach at Forsyth Country Day School. “Visit Winston-Salem was outstanding in their efforts to incorporate several innovative ideas, such as adding events for our local youth and visiting grandchildren to compete in, along with our already attractive city. I’m excited to bring this championship event to my hometown of Winston-Salem.”
The 2011 championships were in Berea, Ohio, and the 2012 competition will be Aug. 2-5 in Lisle, Ill.