The storied 200 meter indoor track at the famed Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, will, once again, host the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, it was announced earlier today. Now in its 24th year, the New Balance Indoor GP is one of the iconic meets of the global indoor season. The NBIGP has seen nine world records, 13 American records and numerous national records from our global competitors.
Global Athletics & Marketing announced that Jenny Simpson (gold in 2011, silver in 2013 and 2017 and an Olympic bronze in 2016. Since her sponsorship by New Balance in 2010, Jenny Simpson has been America’s most prolific medalist in the middle distances. And do not forget her seven wins at the United NYC Fifth Avenue Mile! At the famed Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, Jenny Simpson will line up for the 5000 meters!
Title sponsor New Balance will also showcase Emma Coburn, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World champion at the “Reggie”, as Emma will move down to the mile. Emma is one of the finest steeple chasers in the world, and her medals in two global championships hint at her racing prowess.
One of newest athletes to join the NB team is NCAA indoor 200m champion Gabby Thomas, who will be competing over 300 meters, a very exciting lap and a half at the “Reggie”.
If you can get to the NB indoor GP, do it. Tickets are available at several price points, and the seats will get you into the loudest stands in Boston! Do not miss it, January 26 is the date, and 3.45 PM is the start!
Local sprint star Gabby Thomas to make pro debut at 24th-annual Boston meet
BOSTON, Mass. (Dec. 6, 2018) – Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, two of America’s most accomplished middle-distance runners, will return to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in 2019, organizers announced today.
Tickets for the event on January 26, which forms part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, are now on sale at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.
Jenny Simpson, who is coming off an excellent 2018 season, will be competing at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix for the eighth time. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at 1500m took the win in a gripping 3000m race at last year’s event, set an American record over 2 miles in April and most recently celebrated a record seventh title at the prestigious 5th Avenue Mile in New York City. Simpson has won three medals at IAAF World Championships, including gold in 2011. In Boston, she will line up over 5000m for the first time since 2013.
Joining Simpson in a return to Boston will be Emma Coburn, the reigning 3000m steeplechase world champion. Coburn will kick off her 2019 campaign following a successful 2018 season that saw her win her 5th straight US national steeplechase title. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist is going to drop down in distance in Boston and will compete in the mile.
While both Simpson and Coburn are experienced veterans of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, one athlete making her debut next month will be local sprint star Gabby Thomas. Originally from Florence in western Massachusetts, Thomas recently completed a standout athletic career at Harvard University, winning the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships at 200m in a collegiate record 22.38sec. She ended her season with a sixth-place finish in the 200m at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels. In Boston, Thomas will race over 300m.
The 2019 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix kicks off at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College and is the only U.S. stop on the IAAF World Indoor Tour. The series of six international events with stops in Karlsruhe (Germany), Torun (Poland), Madrid (Spain), Birmingham (Great Britain) and Dusseldorf (Germany) awards overall tour winners $20,000 and a guaranteed spot at the next edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, 2020.
Now in its 24th year, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has played host to nine world records and 13 American records.
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