San Diego lands 2017 USA Masters Games, with meet at OTC

Finally, a major meet in my back yard! On Thursday I posted details of the USA Masters Games on Times of San Diego. The overall festival of two dozen sports will be held in mid-July, but soccer and track will be held in late June — at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista — to avoid conflicts with Baton Rouge masters nationals. The USA Masters Games will be USATF-sanctioned, and our friend Willie Banks will chair a committee (and plans to compete as well.) Did you attend the inaugural USA Masters Games in Greensboro this past July? How did it go? My dream is that San Diego’s David Pain, now 94, will be able to see his local affair — and appreciate what his efforts spawned.

A three-day track meet will be part of the USA Masters Games in San Diego.

A three-day track meet will be part of the USA Masters Games in San Diego.

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October 27, 2016

9 Responses

  1. Jeff Davison - October 27, 2016

    Ken’s story states June 23-25, 2017 in Chula Vista. I would assume that is tentative dates.

  2. Jeff Davison - October 27, 2016

    June 6-11, 2017 is the Senior Games in Alabama

  3. Annelies steekelenburg - October 27, 2016

    Chuck McMahon Masters ,June 24 2017 San Diego.

  4. James Chinn - October 27, 2016

    Love this in my backyard.

  5. Jeff Davison - October 28, 2016

    Masters West Region meet depends on availability of facilities… usually it’s June also.

    And there is also the Southern And the San Diego open meets usually near the same time.

  6. Mary Harada - October 29, 2016

    Wonderful, a masters meet in one of my most favorite places, San Diego. The,temps will be better than in Birmingham, Ala. (I lived there for 2 years in the late 50’s) so I know what the temperature and humidity will be). And Baton Rouge will be similar in terms of climate. I will have no excuses in terms of blaming the climate for my painfully slow times. OTOH I can drown my sorrows with great craft beer along with wonderful fish tacos. And some of my family could be there to urge me to just pick up my feet and get moving!

  7. Rob Jerome - October 29, 2016

    The inaugural USA Masters Games in Greensboro were outstanding. Relaxed and fun. Plus how often do you get to see Masters diving and figure skating?

  8. Daphne Scott - November 23, 2016

    Any update on dates would be much appreciated. This is the same weekend as the Outdoor Dec/Hep Nationals in Slippery Rock, PA

    In 2017 it seems the summer is very much “frontloaded” with the big meets. What about Aug/Sep? Why are big meets all squeezing into June/July?

  9. Ken Stone - April 6, 2018

    In response to a query today (April 6, 2018): CEO Hill Carrow of USA Masters Games said the event “won’t be returning to San Diego (in 2018), but will be able to share info on it later this month.”

    Stay tuned.

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