BOSTON PREPS FOR 2003 INDOOR NATIONALS
Preparations are well underway for the fifth consecutive USATF
National Masters Indoor Championships to be held in Boston, Mass.
The meet will open on Friday March 28nd at 9:00 am with the men's
and women's pentathlon and conclude on Sunday afternoon the 30th
with the sections of the 4 x 400m relay. The Reggie Lewis Track
and Athletic Center, which has produced more than 100 masters world
indoor records in the past years, is expected to see a continued
alteration of the record book in 2003 as over 800 competitors are
expected for the event. The meet will be hosted and managed by the
New England Association of USATF.
Athletes are encouraged to submit with their
entry form any recent notable performances or
places in national or international competitions
for use by the meet announcer and for media
disbursement. Competitors will be asked to assist
the New England Association by filling out a survey
form that they will receive at registration. With
the indoor championships remaining in Boston
through 2004, the Association hopes to use the
information to make further improvements for future
years, as well as attract additional corporate
Athletics, sponsor of the throwing events since
1998, is again on board for the 2003 meet.
The year 2003 presents the ninth time that the
Championships are held in New England, the first
time being the inaugural meet at Tufts University
in Medford MA in 1976. The second running in the
area, at M.I.T. in Cambridge in 1981, had
approximately 200 participants. Those numbers have
now crested 800 as the meet has been a regular
visitor at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic
Center. Meet management in 1997, 1999, and 2001 was
by TRACS, Inc. The 1998, 2000, and 2002 meets were
directed by USA Track & Field - New England,
who will also steer the meet through 2004.
DEMOGRAPHICS and COMPETITION
More than 800 master athletes from all over the
United States are expected to participate at the
2003 meet, which will be the largest indoor track
and field competition for masters in the USA.
Master athletes range in age from 30 to 100 plus
years (2002 was the first year with a 100 year old
competitor) and compete in 5 year age groups.
A full complement of track and field
events, with a total of 17 events and the
pentathlon, are contested by both men and women.
A survey conducted at the 1994
National Masters Outdoor Championships, showed that
more than 80% of these athletes are college
graduates, with nearly 50% having obtained an
advanced degree. Participants through the years in
Boston have represented all 50 states Bermuda,
Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, and Israel, among
Since 1997, a combined total of more than 200
World and National age group records have been
USA Track & Field - New England (USATF-NE)
is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the
promotion, development, and improvement of athletic
and fitness programs in Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont. USATF-NE is the
local association of USA Track and Field, the
governing body for the sports of amateur athletics,
i.e., track & field, distance running, and race
walking, in the USA. As one of 57 regional
organizations in the country, it ranks in the top
three in number of individual members, member
clubs, and sanctioned events.
Other major events hosted by USATF-NE or
organized within the New England Association
- National Cross Country Championships in 1984,
1991, 1995, and 2000, organized by the
Association in conjunction with Boston's Parks
& Recreation Department, as well as a variety
of USA masters cross country championships.
- World Cross Country Championships and World
Masters Invitational in 1992, organized by
Boston's Parks & Recreation Department in
conjunction with the Association
- National Junior Olympic Cross Country
Championships in 1993, organized by the
Thunderbolt Track Club (a USATF-NE Club) in
conjunction with the New England Association
- National One and Two Hour Race Walking
Championships, organized by the New England
Walkers (a USATF-NE Club) in conjunction with the
New England Association for 13 years.
- USA National Women's Long Distance Running 10
Km Championships, organized by Conventures,
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management committee, 1997/1999/2001.
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Regional and national level certified officials
will officiate at the meet. Several officials have
officiated at the 1996 Olympic Games, and most have
officiated at other Masters National Championships
or other major national events.
Volunteer services will be provided by members
of many of the Association's clubs and by
individual USATF-NE members.
The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, part
of Roxbury Community College in Boston, opened in
1995 and is a state of the art athletics facility.
It features a six lane, lightly banked 200 meter
Mondo track with an eight lane straightaway. The
Championships will utilize:
- two shot circles, throwing onto a synthetic
surface. One shot circle is cement, the second
circle is wood.
- one weight circle, wood.
- a second weight circle set up outside for the
superweight 30-69 competition
- two long/triple jump pits, and two high jump
- one pole vault pit.
The facility offers seating for 3000 spectators.
The gymnasium adjacent to the track will be used
for number and packet pick-up, meet merchandise
sales, and meet information, as well as will
provide an excellent warm-up area and location
where athletes can obtain massages.