New Balance Indoor Grand Prix - Wikipedia
The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, formerly known as the Boston Indoor Games, is an annual indoor track and field meet had a number of title sponsors over its history, including adidas in the early s and Reebok from to From its inception in , meet director Mark Wetmore knew he wanted his little event at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center to grow. The Holy Cross men's track and field team took part in the Reebok Indoor Games on Friday night at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. In a strong field of.
The Best Indoor Meet in America-Reebok Boston Indoor Games, by Larry Eder
At the college level, it is about competition. At the elite level, it is about showing our sport at its best, with good old fashion competition-and the Reggie Lewis Center rocks with two plus hours of sports entertainment.
The speedy Mondo two hundred meter track is the perfect place for meters, meters and meter races. The banked track gives the athletes all of the aerodynamics that they could want!
The intimacy of the track fans with the track create an atmosphere that keeps building through the night. From the shot put, which is a crowd pleaser. For the last several years, four of the top five shot putters in the world, on the men's side, have duked it out at Reggie Lewis. The crowd loves seeing the sixteen pound shot hit the wood barriers about seventy-three or four feet from their circle. The loud thump of the shot wakes anyone up who was napping!
The loud groans of the throwers add to the battle of the titans! In the relays, the crowd loves to see close races and kids battling near the finish for the win!
The close relays bring the fans to their feet. One of the crowd pleasers are the Ethiopian women distance runners, Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar.
Those two have rewritten both the 3k and 5k indoor records. Dibaba won the 10k gold in Osaka and Defar won the 5k gold.
Both are very tough competitors, with Dibaba being so light and very deceptive, and Defar, while perhaps looking ineligant, Defar is scary as she plows through the final last three hundred meters. The men's distance races have become huge attractions, from the indoor mile to the two mile and 3k.
Craig Mottram has given the Reebok Boston Indoor crowd many things to cheer about. InandMottram won a cagey 2 mile and then ran an Australian record over three thousand meters. Mottram, a crowd favorite, will be beginning his build up for Beijing and what will be a most amazing series of middle distance races. They always love the local girl, Shalane Flanagan! Steve Hooker, in the men's pole vault.
Steve is relaxed, fit and ready to fly. I am predicting a new world indoor record in the men's pole vault. Hooker gets that record, I think he should a take the accolades, b cash the check and c fly home and get some rest. Bubka's record is in jeapordy. Steve Hooker is ready to roll. The meet management is so focused on his achieving a great clearance that they have moved the entire Millrose runway to Boston for the meet!
Reebok Boston Indoor Games: The Little Meet that Could - RunBlogRun
Then, there is Jenn Stuczynski, who is capable of world record heights herself. And there is added irony in Jenn Stuczynski, adidas sponsored, and the silver medalist in Beijing. Recently, Yelena Isinbayeva, the world record holder, gave up her long time adidas deal to sign with a Chinese footwear company, Li Ning, I believe.
The deal was done jus after adidas had signed on a long term deal with the Russian Federation, and as Isinbayeva was one of the real reasons for signing the deal, Mr. Bubka might have known something of the impending deal between Isinbayeva and the Chinese shoe company. So, in translation, if Jenn can set a new world indoor record, adidas would be extra happy. She has the tools! Fast, small field and did I say fast? Nick Willis mentioned that he would like to get under the meet record of 3: That would be blazing!
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So, if you can get to the Reggie Lewis Center, do it. For more on the Reebok Boston Indoor, please check www. Larry Eder has had a 44 year involvement in the sport of athletics.