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Rickshaw
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Rebook Boston Indoor Games = Milrose Games Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 2:22 pm 

I was reading a story about the upcoming Rebook Boston Indoor Games earlier. Is this a new name for the Milrose Games, or a separate event? I only know about the Milrose Games from the Wannamaker Mile chapter in Once a Runner, but I think I saw part of them on TV last year. How anybody can run a fast mile on that tiny little track with its incredibly tight turns is beyond me.

runnerswife


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Re: Rebook Boston Indoor Games = Milrose Games Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 5:29 pm 

Nope, it's not the same thing. As I recall, the Millrose Games are held in NY in Madison Square Garden. The Reebok Boston Indoor Games are renamed from the "world renowned Boston Indoor Games," which evidently has a prestigious 9-year history. See http://www.reebok.com/useng/news/BOSTON+INDOOR+GAMES.htm

The Millrose games, scheduled for Feb 4th (it would be the 99th meet, a little more historic than the Boston Indoor Games) looks like it may be in trouble, according to the "Staten Island Advance." This may be why we're suddenly hearing about the Boston Indoor Games?

http://www.silive.com/hssports/advance/index.ssf?/base/sports/1104763603232170.xml

I also found this page about the Millrose games (#1 hit in Google) which appears to be no less than 9 (!) years old. How the heck this thing is still getting indexed I have no idea. Late-breaking news from 1996...
http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/racing/millrose/about.htm


Rickshaw
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Re: Rebook Boston Indoor Games = Milrose Games Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 6:09 pm 

Wow, that would be a shame if the Milrose games were cancelled due to lack of a sponsor... 99 years of track and field history down the drain. I hope they'll figure something out.

That's funny about the old Millrose games web page on the CBS sports web site. There barely even was a world wide web in 1996. That's so last millenium! :-)


mfox

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Re: Rebook Boston Indoor Games = Milrose Games Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 7:40 pm 

The building I work in is right across the street from Madison Square Garden and I can tell you they have the Milrose Games banners up on the light posts along 8th Ave (I haven't been over to the 7th Ave. side - front - but I'm sure they're there also). So it looks like the organizers are intending to pull it off but I haven't been able to find any info that confirms that games are definitely on.

Verizon may have made a mistake by pulling out as the major sponsor. I sense USA track and field is on a come back and running events have the potential to become more popular on TV. Look at figure skating. The USA started becoming more competative in the last 2 or 3 olympics and shortly there after there were a slew of special figure skating events on TV. There aren't nearly as many recreational figure skaters as there are recreational runners.

It's all in the iinitial marketing. If US runners can continue to do well/better (especially middle and long distance runners) in international competition and televised running events are properly marketed we may see more nationally televised events. But I have to agree that the average "joe" and "jane" aren't as entertained watching runners do laps on a track as they are watching figure skaters.


Rickshaw
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Re: Rebook Boston Indoor Games = Milrose Games Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:43 am 

It looks like Visa may have picked up the sponsorship, although it's not totally clear. I just saw this news story about Visa sponsoring four different indoor track events, including the Milrose Games. All four meets will also be televised on NBC and ESPN.

INDIANAPOLIS - The speed, strength, excitement and fun of indoor track & field return to the airwaves in 2005 with USA Track & Field's Indoor Visa Championship Series.

The Visa Championship Series, announced Monday by USA Track & Field, begins January 29 with the Reebok Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. It continues February 4 at the most historic invitational meet in indoor track and field, the Millrose Games at New York's Madison Square Garden. On February 11 it moves to the Powered by Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The final stop returns the Visa Championship Series to Boston's Reggie Lewis Center for the 2005 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held February 25-27. More than 500 of America's top athletes will compete in Boston.


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