Indoor Athletics: Victorian Style, the first indoor track meet was 7 November 1863, from SPIKES, powered by IAAF

SPIKES, powered by IAAF, is publishing stories that help us learn more about our sports stores and our sport’s history. This piece, on the first indoor track meet, is a great example of their unique approach to covering our sport. 


The Great Indoors ()


Indoor arenas are a place where reputations are forged and careers kick-started. Last year, Genzebe Dibaba set pulses racing when she set three world records in a fortnight, while Renaud Lavillenie broke Sergey Bubka’s 21-year-old pole vault record. SPIKES went to find out where all this indoor madness began.

West of the City of Westminster, in central London, is The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

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  • Larry Eder

    Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself." Theme song: Greg Allman, " I'm no Angel."

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