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image1.jpegTommy Leonard and Jeff Benjamin, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Tommy Leonard was one of those wonderfully colorful and eccentric people in our sport, that, if you met him once, you would never forget that meeting. My first visit to Falmouth Road Race was in 1985, with Kim Wrinkle, Dan Ferrera, and we slept on the floor of Coach Bill Squires the night before. Meeting Tommy Leonard with Coach Squires was one of those life moments. Falmouth Road Race weekend was Tommy Leonard's weekend, as he was the indominatable spirit behind the race that exemplifies the New England summer race circuit.

image2.jpegBill Rodgers with the Tommy Leonard adult beverage, photo by Jeff Benjamin

Tommy Leonard passed away on January 15, 2019. We asked Jeff Benjamin to reach out to friends to provide thoughts on Tommy and his place in the history of New England road racing.

image3.jpegTommy Leonard painting, photo by Jeff Benjamin

642628072.jpg400m battles in Birmingham, courtesy of British Athletics/Getty Images

Su, Ujah, Prescod, Kilty
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): World indoor 60m silver medallist Su Bingtian is confirmed for the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham (IAAF World Indoor Tour) on 16 February, informs organisers. Su faces a strong British contingent including European 100m silver medallist Reece Prescod, two-time European indoor champion Richard Kilty and CJ Ujah, part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m team at the 2017 World Championships. "I know that where the 100m is concerned I have one of the best finishes in the world at the moment, but equally my start can be another massive strength with work. Racing over 60m in Birmingham against some of the top guys is only going to contribute towards that getting stronger and stronger, so it's a big test that I'm looking forward to," said Prescod. Laura Muir, Andrew Pozzi and Ekaterini Stefanidi are also confirmed for Birmingham.
runblogrun opines: The Birmingham Meeting (16 February) is one of my favorite meetings of the year. The crowd, the Arena, the track, and the wonderful fields come together to provide the finest indoor meeting in Europe. I hope that our readers get a chance to visit the meeting, but, until then, find a way to watch it on BBC.
642617832.jpgLaura Muir, photo by Getty Images/British Athletics

The sold out stands in the Reggie Lewis Center will shake on January 26 once again, as the fine fields of the 24th NB Indoor GP will race around the 200m Mondo oval from 4 pm to 7 pm. For twenty four years now, the fields of the NB Indoor GP have entertained the track fans who cheer on the fine athletes that have battled on this track.

The release below tells us more about the exciting fields on January 26, 2019 at the 24th New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Brazier-BerianPC-NBind18.jpGBrazier, Berian, photo by PhotoRun.net

MOSCOW (RUS): Reigning high jump World and European champion Mariya Lasitskene said that her indoor competition schedule will not be influenced by late dates of Doha Worlds. "Of course, it [late date of World Championships 2019] changes our preparations, but it has nothing to do with indoor season. But I know for sure, that we're not going to start our summer season from the Doha Diamond League. It's too early. As for the rest, I think we will not change much, because we already have experience of such situations. My coach knows how to keep my me in shape," Lasitskene who will jump on Thursday at Lukashevich Memorial told TASS.

Lasitskene_Mariya-Rome18.jpgMaria Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

Original post, January 23, 2008

Repost, January 17, 2009

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Jennifer Stuczynski, photo by PhotoRun.net (Jenn is now Jenn Suhr)

The Boston Indoor GB is rich in history. This piece is ten years old.

The New Balance Indoor GP has been around for 24 years now. One of the finest events on the circuit, NB Indoor GP will be held January 26, 2019, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury, MA near Boston, MA. This is the ONLY stop of the IAAF Indoor World Circuit in US, and you should not miss it! 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.

One of the characteristics of a revolution is change. Indoor track and field has had bastions for decades in the cities of Boston and New York. In New York, the impressario was and is Dr. Norb Sanders and his NY Armory. In Boston, it is the Reggie Lewis Center and the team, lead by Keith McDermott, that supports the sixty plus high school meets. In both cities, great facilities have risen from dreams and hard work. Neither center would have happened without many people asking hard questions and not relying on easy answers.

Like the saving of indoor prep track and field, which was what Sanders and McDermott have done in their respective cities, elite track and field on the indoor level was also saved. The rebirth of elite indoor track and field in Boston and the saving of the oldest indoor track meet in the U.S. involved one marketing company-Global Athletics & Marketing.

The renaissance of elite track and field in this country is due to many reasons, many people and groups. It has not been an easy battle. One of the reasons why Global Athletics has played such a huge part is because they have been able to answer many disparate needs through uniting many groups for a common cause.

This is one of my favorite workouts. I did it in the 1970s, once a week and it helped me, after 10-12 weeks, run Pbs in 800m, Mile and 3200m. The runs are done at talking pace and the 300ms at mile pace. Over the last set of 300 meters, always make sure the last 3 are fastest and the final one is good effort. You are, as my training partners Tim and Danny Gruber would say, Reinforcing the neuromuscular loop (thanks Coach Riggs). Lots of muscle memory, you need to remind yourself that, when you are tired, you always have a kick. A last 300 meters, increasing the speed each 100m, (thanks Coach Dellinger) can win races for you.

IMG_5141.jpgGetting on the track is fun, photo Photorun.net

Thursday, January 17, 2019-warm up, 20 minute run, 8 x 300m, good pace, 100m jog, 20 minute run, 8 x 300m, good pace, 100m jog, 20 minute run,

8 x300m, good pace, 100m jog, 1 mile easy, then cooldown.

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Ekaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net
Stefanidi starts this week in Reno
ATHENS (GRE): Ekaterini Stefanidi is planning a full indoor campaign culminating with the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow from 1-3 March. Stefanidi will open her indoor season at the Reno Pole Vault Summit (18 Jan) and will compete at the IAAF World Indoor Tour events in Boston (26 Jan), Karlsruhe (2 Feb), Birmingham (16 Feb) and Dusseldorf (20 Feb). Stefanidi will also compete at the Perche Elite Tour in Rouen (9 Feb) ahead of her title defence in Glasgow. Stefanidi cleared 4.85m to win gold in Belgrade two years ago.
Stefanidi_EkateriniBib-NBind17.jpgEkaterina Stefanidi, photo by PhotoRun.net

David Hunter wrote this piece on one of the true Cathedrals of Sport, the Zurich Letzigrund Stadium. It is a tremendous stadium from which to witness the best in our sport.

Rainbow-Euros14.jpgStadion Letzigrund, photo by PhotoRun.net

David has written for us for several years, and we thought this was a grand way to start off his writing in 2019, with a story about one of the finest stadiums in the world. We are also quite grateful to the always thoughtful Steve Cram, who expressed what many feel are the amazing qualities of the Stadion Letzigrund.

Kejelcha for mile
BOSTON (USA): World indoor 3000m champion Yomif Kejelcha from Ethiopia will step down to contest the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on 26 January when he will face two-time Olympic 1500m medallist Nick Willis, informs organisers. Kejelcha's teammate Hagos Gebrhiwet faces Edward Cheserek in the 3000m and Clayton Murphy, Boris Berian and Donavan Brazier are all confirmed for the 800m. On the women's side, Jenny Simpson goes head-to-head with Konstanze Klosterhalfen over 5000m and Lynsey Sharp faces Raevyn Rogers and Georganne Moline over 600m.
Kejelcha_YomifFV-Brussels15.jpgYomif Kejelcha, photo by PhotoRun.net
Runblogrun opines: The NB Men's mile may be the best event of the evening. Yomif Kejelcha is the 2016 and 2018 World Indoor Champ at 3,000m, and 2017 London 4th placer in 5,000m. Nick Willis is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at 1,500m plus 3 times medalist at Commonwealth Games. Kejelcha has run 3:52.61 for mile, 4:57.74i for 2000m, 7:28.00 for 3000m, 12:46.79 for 5000m. Nick Willis has run 1:45.54 for 800m, 3:29.66 for 1,500m, 3:49.83 for mile, 7:36.91 for 3000m. Willis one of the cagiest indoor racers of all times and his close in the 1,500m in the Olympics in 2016 has to be rewatched. Kejelcha is fast and furious. A confidence in his racing will come and once it hits, Yomif Kejelcha could blow the World indoor mile off the charts!
The New Balance Indoor GP has been around for 24 years now. One of the finest events on the circuit, NB Indoor GP will be held January 26, 2019, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury, MA near Boston, MA. This is the ONLY stop of the IAAF Indoor World Circuit in US, and you should not miss it! 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.

Original post, January 15, 2014

Repost, January 16, 2019

This is a story from the wayback machine. We go back to 2014. We hope you enjoy!

The New Balance Indoor GP has been around for 24 years now. One of the finest events on the circuit, NB Indoor GP will be held January 26, 2019, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in Roxbury, MA near Boston, MA. This is the ONLY stop of the IAAF Indoor World Circuit in US, and you should not miss it! 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.

The Reggie Lewis Center is one of the two top sites in North America for indoor track & field. One of the main reasons for that success is Keith McDermott, who has looked over the facility with thoughtful concern, and lots of elbow grease, since 1998. A former sprinter and long jumper, Keith gets track and field and appreciates what a life changing experience the sport can be for the boys and girls of the Boston metro area.

Rich Kenah, 1997 World Champ bronze medalist at 800 meters, and partner in Global Athletics & Marketing, the group that has produced and managed the New Balance Indoor GP since its inception, goes even farther in his praise of Mr. McDermott: Keith McDermott's "support of the meet since the 90s is one of the reasons that the New Balance Grand Prix continues to thrive."
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Keith McDermott, photo courtesy of NBIGP

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