American Masters T&F Classic in N.C. plans age-group tug-of-war

North Carolina-based Piedmont Pacers, a “running, track & field club,” has announced the “First Annual American Masters Track & Field Classic” on April 14, 2018, in Durham, North Carolina. The website logo calls it “American Masters Track & Field Championship,” but that’s probably an oversight. In any case, this has potential to fill a gap left by the demise of the famed Bob Boal/Southeastern Masters meet, held at NC State in Raleigh. Organizers crow: “This will be a premier event focusing on Masters athletes (over age 25) with age group and team awards on the line and at a world-class location at the Durham County Stadium, the site of many USATF, College and High School Track & Field events. This will also be a USATF Certified event and timed by Rhodes Race Timing Services and hosted by the Piedmont Pacers Running, Track and Field Club. There are discounts for entering at least three events (10%) and more discounts for entering at least six events! (15%)” Whatever. At least they seem to have an info-rich site. A couple interesting events — a standing long jump and a tug-of-war (10-year age groups, four members per team). Please send pictures!

Classic or Championship, meet should be a little more humble, marketing-wise.

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January 8, 2018

11 Responses

  1. Thomas Sputo - January 9, 2018

    No hammer, no peace!

  2. Bill Pontius - January 9, 2018

    No hurdles or vault or keg throw?

  3. Michael D Walker - January 9, 2018

    they do have a standing long jump listed. maybe you could jump while holding a small keg?

  4. Matt Spiller - January 9, 2018

    No Steeplechase?

  5. Michael D Walker - January 9, 2018

    Several standard T&F events are not listed. The standing long jump I get as it once was an Olympic event but the tug of war makes no sense as part of a Masters track meet – seems more suited to the senior games

  6. Thomas Sputo - January 9, 2018

    What Michael Walker intended to write was “No Hammer, No Peace!”

  7. Michael D Walker - January 10, 2018

    Thomas, in truth I did not intend to write “No hammer, no peace” but in support of all hammer throwers, I will write “NO HAMMER NO PEACE”. Interesting that they list the weight throw and the super weight throw but no hammer.

  8. the dude - January 10, 2018

    re: #5

    Tug of war WAS an Olympic event until 1920. Standing long jump was discontinued as an Olympic event in 1912

  9. Stephen Gould - January 11, 2018

    “Tug-o’-war” is the answer to that old riddle, “what was the only Olympic event in which the winners go backwards while the losers go forwards?”

    Looking forward to the standing long jump – so it will no longer just be at Huntsman.

  10. Michael D Walker - January 11, 2018

    # 9, Stephen, They also have the standing long jump at the Arkansas Senior Olympics.

  11. peter van aken - January 11, 2018

    heck, if all I have to do is STAND, and not do anything else, I’ll enter.

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