Yanks outnumber Canucks at Toronto WMA regional championships

Entrants are posted here for Toronto’s North and Central America and Caribbean Region WMA Championships — aka the We Bailed Out Mexico Meet. From Katty Abran to Debbie Zinman, both Canadians, the list includes 948 athletes, including submasters like Olympian Walter Dix. The most interesting stat? Team USA accounts for 385 athletes — more than the host nation’s 374 (even with the meet doubling as Canadian masters nationals). But that means better competition at the Aug. 11-13 meet. (Heck, I run faster with 9-year-olds next to me.) I haven’t counted the nations involved, but a bunch are here, including Mexico (79 entrants) and Puerto Rico (33). The oldest athlete is 94-year-old Atter Singh Sekhon of Canada. America’s senior star is 92-year-old George Roudebush. Mexico sends 91-year-old jumper Victor Sanchez Mendoza. Here’s a nice summary video narrated by meet director Doug “Shaggy” Smith and a Spanish-speaking gent.

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August 3, 2017

5 Responses

  1. Bill Pontius - August 4, 2017

    Does anyone know who the US team manager, if there is one, will be? Doug Smith has stated that anyone interested in the relays should contact their team manager.
    This meet looks like it will be a lot of fun. There is an incredible list of top athletes in many many events. personal thanks to Doug and the OMA for all their work pulling this together, along with the NCCWMA folks.

  2. Mary Harada - August 4, 2017

    It is my understanding thet Mary Rosado will be the team manager, I think that Phil Greenwald will not be there. Check with Mary R at the meet,.
    She is staying at one of the two USA team hotels. At WMA meets there are relay forms that will need to be filled out to indicate your personal interest in being on a relay team. The team manager decides who will be on a team.

  3. Bill Pontius - August 4, 2017

    Thank you, Mary Harada.

  4. Rob Walters - August 4, 2017

    Well, our population in nearly ten times that of Canada and here are more Americans within 5 hours drive of Toronto as there are Canadians.

    Good luck to our Michigan runners N.Z and Ziggy!

  5. Robert Thomas - August 4, 2017

    It is my understanding that Phil Greenwald is the team manager and he will be attending the meet. I would encourage every athlete that is interested in running on a relay to find Phil at the track on Friday and fill out a form that would indicate your interest in running a relay. Filling out a form does not guarantee you a spot on a relay, only that you would like to run a relay if a spot is available. Relay selection will be based on the top performers in the age group in the related individual sprinting events. For the 4 x 100 it will be the 100 finalist and or related events, for the 4 x 400 it will be the 400 finalist and or related events.

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