By: Norbert W. Sander, Jr., M.D.
December 7, 2009
Welcome to this season’s “new” Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden. You may ask what’s new about them. I would say you can expect a very different track & field experience when you come to the Garden, January 29th, 2010. The “new” Millrose Games should be a unique opportunity for all of us in the track & field world to come together, on one night in the World’s Greatest Indoor Arena to celebrate our sport, to watch great competition, to meet our friends from the past and in the present, to enjoy a New York experience unlike any other. It will give us a chance to cheer for teams and athletes we know, some who have come up through the ranks in youth, high school and college levels to reach the Olympic stage. Many will have earned their “spurs” right here at the Armory and what better success for them than the big stage on the Garden track.
In the coming weeks we will breakdown virtually every competition you will see at Millrose. I promise you every race is being thought out and analyzed to bring you the most exciting fields possible. In broad strokes, the entire schedule has been retooled. We will have an early evening segment of the meet beginning at 4 p.m. with more opportunities for high school, clubs and college relays. The sprints will be in the traditional 6 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. window and the oval races will begin at 8 p.m. sharp and continue without interruption as an exciting build up to the Wanamaker Mile at 9:50 p.m.
There will be new announcing, a major effort with athlete introduction, more exciting music, a new meet program and a commitment to every aspect of the Games: Olympian, elites, high school, college, clubs and youth. Derrick Adkins will be associate meet director to Brian Brase of USA Track & Field. Tim Fulton will be in charge of high school events, Lou Vazquez youth, Jack Pfeifer college and Mark Wetmore of Global Athletics will set the fields for elites.
To give regional athletes a better chance at competing we have expanded the Millrose Games Trials on January 13th to include a Wanamaker Mile Trial with the winner if under 4 minutes going automatically to the Garden. Included also will be a high school boys and girls mile trials as well as a high school weight throw trial with the top throwers competing at a new high school weight throw as part of the Millrose Games themselves. All of these efforts are geared to making this year’s Millrose Games an event you will not want to miss. To bring this event back in prestige and ticket sales we need each and everyone who holds this sport dear to their heart to be at Madison Square Garden on January 29th, 2010.
Lastly, there has been a change in the Millrose Games ownership itself. The Armory Foundation has been asked by the Millrose Athletic Association to assume responsibility for the future of the event. Partnering this year with USA Track & Field, the Armory is committed to making this the showcase event what we all know it can be. Stay tuned for coming updates, articles and confirmed athlete participation on www.ArmoryTrack.com. More than that, get your tickets early and bring along friends and family. I guarantee a new and wonderful night at Madison Square Garden.