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PRESIDENT OF USA TRACK & FIELD’S NEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATION ISSUES A CHALLENGE TO BOSTON 2024 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Brookline, MA – April 16, 2015 – USATF-NE, the New England association of track & field’s national governing body, USA Track & Field (USATF), today announces a public challenge from its President, Tom Derderian, for the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee. A former Olympic Trials competitor, running historian and author, Derderian issues the following challenge to those organizing the potential Olympic Games to be held in Boston in 2024:
“The Olympics originated as a track & field meet to demonstrate cooperation between nations, so here is our challenge to the academic, business and government communities to test the concept of cooperation. Boston has many colleges and many high schools and many tracks, but none of them are suitable for a full championship meet within a stadium. Spectators cannot sit in one place and watch an entire track meet but have to move to an adjacent field for the throwing events. New York has a stadium at Randall’s Island that seats 5,000 and can hold all Olympic events within sight of seated spectators. If New York City can have one, why not Boston? If we can’t make a small stadium for a single sport, how can we build a large stadium and the other facilities for all Olympic sports? Show us that you all can really work together on a small thing first. This proof of concept would go a long way toward earning the trust of at least the track & field community and maybe the rest of Massachusetts.”
Further explaining the basis for his challenge, Derderian says the 5,000 or so seat stadium allowing all spectators to view all events from their seats would prove that the disparate entities – business, academics and government – can get along and build something as big as the modern Olympic Games requires. A small permanent track & field stadium in the Greater Boston area that can be used for big high school meets, college meets, national championships, Olympic Trials and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) events would serve as a sound practice strategy, he says.
Derderian also observes that “None of the large Division I colleges in Boston—Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University or Harvard University— have a suitable track. Boston has three world-class indoor tracks, but no world-class outdoor track.” He again states his challenge by questioning: “Can the business community work with the schools to make this small stadium a reality? Can the government expedite all the permit work and get local high schools to share the stadium as much as they already share the indoor track at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, which is managed with grace and precision?”
How can the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee meet this challenge? Derderian advises they first find a place for the new track which would require the same list-making as for all Olympic venues. By meeting this challenge and organizing the location, design, building and management of a small quickly-built, permanent track & field stadium, Boston 2024 would garner support from and leave a legacy for the track & field community.
To learn more about Derderian’s Boston 2024 challenge, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Mayor’s Cup Cross Country race began in 1990. According to the B.A.A. website, the event has “become one of the premier cross country meets on the East Coast, and has been regarded as an important tune-up for the USA Fall National Club Cross Country Championship.”
Tomorrow, teams and athletes from all over will toe the start line at Franklin Park in Boston for the Mayor’s Cup races. The event features six different races for various ages and abilities, which take off between 10 am and noon ET. There are more than 850 runners entered already, and more than half of those are youth.
The women’s and men’s championship races will look to provide some exciting competition from the club teams participating, as the Mayor’s Cup serves as the fourth of five races in the USATF-NE Grand Prix Cross Country series. The entries so far show a mix of teams from New England and New York coming to race. On the men’s side we expect to see teams on the course from: BAA, GBTC, HFC Striders, New Balance Boston, Community College of RI, Bryn Mawr RC, Central Park TC-New Balance, Pacers/New Balance and Manhattan Aeronauts. The women’s championship race will feature teams from BAA, GBTC, Cambridge RC, Millennium Running, New Balance Boston and Central Park TC -New Balance.
Looking at the teams entered, it will be interesting to see how the New York teams fare at the New England event. Will they outrace the New Englanders on their home turf? And on the women’s side, we’ve recently seen Millenium Running come into the mix, as the New Hampshire based club took the team title at the last USATF-NE Grand Prix race, Wayland XC Festival, beating out WMDP and GBTC.
Any predictions for which teams and individuals will take the top spots tomorrow? We’ll know soon enough. Hope to see you out on the course!