Last year, New Balance came into the famed Boston Indoor and literally saved the meet’s future. The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is to indoors in the US what the Nike Pre Classic is to meets outdoors: an example of how to manage an elite meet in the current sports environment.
RBR asked Elliott Denman to look at the overall meet, see its strengths and see where it can be improved. His view, like ours, is that the 2012 NB Indoor GP lived up to its hype and continued the tradition of the best indoor meeting in the US.
The races this year, and the AR of Jenn Suhr, clearing 4.88m on her first attempt, a sixteen footer for all to see! Suhr is now the SECOND BEST EVER indoors, behind only Yelena Isinbayeva! Maggie Vessey’s last step victory in the 800 meters gave the NBers something to savor!
We congratulate New Balance, Global Athletics & Marketing, staff of the Reggie Lewis Center, and all of the volunteers, support and athletes who make this meet the success that it is. See you in 2013!
the big signage nearly ceiling-high on the homestretch side of the
Reggie Lewis Center indoor track.
event at 5 p.m., last event going off at 7:50 p.m.), full of
international stars (plenty of top Americans, plenty of the folks you’ll
see them taking on at the London Olympic Games), made for TV (tape on
Sunday), run on a speedy 200-meter track at a not-too-big, not-too-small
venue, the NBGP made spectating fun.
glory days of indoor track when 18,000-seat Madison Square Garden would
be jammed with knowledgeable fans who’d track their favorites over a
five-consecutive-week indoor season.
the interest that’s clearly still there in the century-and-a-half-old
indoor track game.
basketball; Dr. Naismith hadn’t found his first peach basket), or an
NHL, there was indoor track to keep sports folks focused through winter.
and that’s a great thing,” said meet director Mark Wetmore. “We must be
doing something right.”
Rich Kenah, twice (once indoors, once outdoors) a World Championships
800-meter bronze medalist and now fully occupied on the management side
of the sport as Wetmore’s first lieutenant.
NBGP-goers had was that they didn’t get to see Ethiopian
stalwarts Tirunesh Dibaba and Meseret Defar take a run at each other.
3,000 meters in 8:33.57, Dibaba came out to run about a lap further and
take the two-mile in 9:21.60.
the two were running separate races, but apparently that’s the cost of
keeping peace in the Ethiopian team national family.
5,000-meter champion, was tripped and stumbled to track in the very
first lap – this was a no-fault episode – most in the 4,072 audience
scratched out his chances.
stature approaching the Beatles or Elton John with a gold medal run at
his nation’s Olympics this summer – got right up and gave gallant chase.
the effort would take its toll. He couldn’t hang with them for the
final two laps but “settled” for fourth in 3:57.92 back of Florida State
Irishman Ciaran O’Lionaird (3:56.01), Canada’s Taylor Milne (3:56.40)
and best buddy/USA training partner Galen Rupp (3:57.10.)
four, and specially notable for Rupp and Farah, whose Olympic dreams
will focus on far longer races.
over an hour after the last event, long after the last fan had left the
building, these two, shirtless now, were “cooling down,” smilng through
it all, with some quick interval work on the Reggie Lewis oval.
back-back-back from her mishap at the U.S.Open meet at Madison Square
Garden a week ago – when her timing was all off and she failed to clear a
height – to soar all the way up-up-up to an American-record of 16 feet
even (or 4.88 meters.) Then she took a single try at the world record of
5.01 meters (or 16-5 1/4) but missed and called it a day with an achy
left Achilles tendon.
for Israel, who’d won at the U.S. Open when Suhr bombed out, settled for
a second-place tie with Lacy Janson this time at 14-5 1/4.
Alabama-trained delegate of Grenada, in action, the answer –
“yes-yes-yes” is driven home with added emphasis.
speeding to great new PRs. His 45.96 two-lap win was a piece of beauty.
He took it out quickly, held a clear lead by the break-in point, and
took it right in.
LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner, the last two Olympic champions,
have any realistic chance of holding him off by London time? Would it
take a Usain Bolt stepping up to 400 to knock him off? Well, who’s to
know but stay tuned for some dynamite 400 racing.
hurdles (winner David Oliver, USA, 7.60) and women’s 60 dash (winner
Murielle Ahoure, Ivory Coast. 7.13) – and just a single men’s field
event (shot putter Adam Nelson muscling it 69-9 1/2.)
than to display the folks who laugh off their growing years and maintain
personal fitness programs so many more of us should be emulating?
Mile after Eamonn Coghlan’s historic first-sub 4 breakthrough in 1994 –
“why do this thing anymore? they queried, after the sub-4 deed by a
40-plus had been achieved. Happily, however, the event is still
alive and well on this meet’s slate, and is always an NBGP
4:22.09 performance, routing Kent Lemme (4:29.89) and Ray Pugsley
(4:31.13) and five more.
and having a supportive wife, for another,’ said the former University
of Kentucky now a school teacher in Elmhurst, Illinois, 15 miles west of
1500-meter runner, but never got as far as the Olympic Trials. But while
all of his once-contemporaries hung up their spikes years ago, Kern is
still at it, still going strong, still loving it.
everywhere: The sub-4 Masters Mile is a feat yet to be achieved an
outdoor meet. So why not go for it? It’s an attraction sure to put a few
more fans in the seats.
Pfaffown, North Carolina (4:13.70) and (girls) Haley Pierce of
Wilmington, Delaware (4:47.59.)
all New Balance’s idea and they’re footing the bill – but why in the
heck does NB outfit every single HS competitor in an identical kit? All
the boys and all the girls were clad in all-black NB attire, thus
making it virtually impossible for anyone in the audience (other than
family, friends and classmates) to reckon who was who. Please,
please, NB, conjure up a better color scheme for 2013.
shoe/attire sponsors who forever insist on identically decorating all
their elites, sprints to the marathon..
For more on the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, please check out www.nbindoorgrandprix.com.
I was there and loved the meet. Great action and matchups. However, from my front row seats in the cheap section half the meet was obscured by fans(?) continually walking back and forth in front of the seats throughout the entire meet and particularly during the races. Don’t people know how to sit still anymore? They was worse than the 4th graders I teach. If you have to move, do it when a race is not being run. Other than that the meet was fantastic!