Kiwi masters nationals, pound for pound, 70 times bigger than U.S.
New Zealand media are reporting the start of their 3-day masters outdoor nationals Friday. But donвЂ™t snicker when story says: вЂњMore than 220 competitors will line up at the New Zealand Masters Athletics Track and Field Championships which is being staged in Nelson for the first time this weekend. The championships will feature athletes from right across the country, from Northland to Southland, with 40 making the trip from Christchurch alone.вЂќ In other words, 220 is nothing to sneeze at in a nation of 4.6 million. To achieve that proportion, USATF masters nationals would have to draw 15,600! Of course, the Kiwis can travel easier between the islands than we can from coast-to-coast. But geeze, we have trouble breaking 1,100.