Landover indoor nationals entries have shot at breaking 1K mark
Jerry Bookin-Weiner, meet director of indoor nationals, writes: “Last night was the ‘on-time’ deadline for entries to the USA Masters Indoor T&F Championships in Landover.Â As of this morning we have 937 people registered.Â That does not count the foreign athletes (we have 14 that I know of so far) or those entering relays only (we have 5 of those that I know of so far). So we have 956 entries in hand with the late entry period running until next Wednesday at noon eastern time. In addition to those 956 there is also an unknown (to me at this point) number of mail-in entries that still must be entered into the system â€” the mail will be picked up this morning and there will be two days worth in the box. Therefore, it is probably safe to say that we have already surpassed the largest indoor championships already (964, also in Landover in 2009). In fact, given past history of late entries, there is a very strong likelihood we will have more than 1,000 entries in the indoor championships for the first time ever.”
Jerry, the weights guru, continues:
Our LOC has been meeting every other week since September and weekly since the beginning of 2013, planning for a large turnout.Â
We plan to send two or three emails to those who’ve signed up with information about how the logistics of the meet will run (packet pickup, declarations, relay sign ups, implement inspection, etc) as well as transportation (shuttles from the hotels, parking at the facility, shuttles from the remote parking lots, etc) and other matters (access to showers on Sunday, hotel availability, webcasting of the meet, etc).Â
The timing crew has been arranged by the Games Committee and the problems that plagued the 2009 meet during several races should be avoided this time around.Â All in all, we are ready and planning a very athlete and spectator friendly meet.
As noted above, there is still time for late entries through the meet website until Wednesday, February 27 at 11:59 am eastern time.Â All mail in entries must be RECEIVED by Wednesday as well (we do take faxed entries – those who want to fax an entry should email us first at firstname.lastname@example.org).