Albuquerque rumors deserve quick swat-down or confirmation

Ever since Boston indoor nationals — and reaching a fever pitch in recent days — rumors have circulated that Albuquerque is backing off as host of the 2011 USATF masters indoor nationals. I’ve sent a scad of notes to folks across the country to pin this down. So far, nobody in authority has said boo. Which scares me. If New Mexico nationals were a go, you’d expect someone with the LOC to immediately put out this fire. But the silence is deafening. Albuquerque was awarded indoor nationals in December 2009, beating Bloomington, Indiana, by a vote of 26-25. So I wrote folks in Indiana to see if they’ve been asked to move up a year. (They won 2012 indoor nationals.) Gary Snyder, our national chair, should immediately chime in. Folks deserve to know.

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May 6, 2010

5 Responses

  1. peter taylor - May 6, 2010

    Ken, we have had indoor nationals as early as February (most have been in March), and thus this meet could be coming up in just 9 months (maximum: 10 months from now). With it that close, I am surprised that you have not been able to get confirmation on whether it will even be held. I certainly hope you hear today, one way or the other.

  2. Gary Snyder - May 6, 2010

    Hi Everybody

    As of yesterday there are discussions via email between representatives of USATF National Office, Masters T&F, Albuquerque Convention Bureau and the LOC to reach agreement regarding terms for the USATF Championship contract. Until agreement is reached I would recommend not making arrangements to travel to Albuquerque.

    Gary Snyder
    National Chair
    USATF Masters T&F

  3. my prediction - May 6, 2010

    It is going to be in Indy!!!!!!!!

  4. Gary Patton - May 6, 2010

    Indy works for me and the rest of us in fly-over country.

  5. Ken Stone - May 6, 2010

    Rick Miller, president of the New Mexico association of USATF, sent me this note today:

    Not sure where your information has come from, however at this time, Albuquerque is still the host of the Indoor Masters 2011. Without getting into the details, I can say that negotiations are ongoing with USATF National and the Masters Committee.

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