Prize money being offered in Puerto Rico masters Grand Prix meet
World champion long hurdler Tony Echeandia from Puerto Rico writes: “I am putting together the first (as far as I know) Masters Grand Prix meet here in Puerto Rico. It is tentatively schedule for July 21st & 22nd and will involve both Men and women ages 35-60 and some over 65-year-old events. It will also be both track & field including but not limited too the following events: 4×100, 4×400, 100, 100/110 Hurdles, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 3000 or 5000 or both, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus, javelin. The meet is being sanctioned by the Puerto Rican Masters, the meet director is Mr. Michael Serralta (who is absolutely brilliant). He was the meet director for the 2003 World Championships here in Puerto Rico and he did an incredible job.”
The meet right now is tentatively scheduled for “El Sixto Escobar” in San Juan, the idea being that San Juan would be easier for athletes to find hotels and do Site seeing. The track is beautiful and on the beach, it has parking and easy access, the track is also to be resurfaced which will be even better because the track is fast.
If it is not held in San Juan it will be held in Mayaguez where the 2010 Regionals Championships where held, another Excellent Track and a fantastic town to have a meet in. Everyone who participated had a great time. The prize money is coming form private sponsors like my own company and others I do business with both in NYC and PR.The breakdown will be as follows:
1st Place $200
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $75
4th. Place $50
5th Place $25
There will be music and dancing like the meet in Mayaguez, which is basically how we run meets here in PR, even Masters Events has music between races. A website is being developed right now for information and entries and I have a Facebook page set up to give information about the meet.
The time of year I have selected is also a benefit because it is the low season here in PR so airfare and hotels will be economical.
Any emails can be directed to me as well at firstname.lastname@example.org