2017 USATF-NE Road Grand Prix Slate Announced

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From the USATF-NE release:

2017 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series Selected

After the December 7th Grand Prix Selection Meeting, which included a review of the popular vote from individual membership, participation with members and leadership from 20 clubs,and careful consideration of the many factors that go into selecting a series, the group came to a consensus and selected the 2017 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series.

The LDR Chairs are excited to announce that from the 21 excellent bids that were received, voted on, and considered, the following races will be part of the 2017 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series:

1. Amherst 10 Miler (Amherst, MA) on Sunday, February 26 at 11:00
2. New Bedford Half Marathon (New Bedford, MA) on Sunday, March 19 at 11:00
3. Frank Nealon Boston Tune-Up 15K (Upton, MA) on Saturday, April 1 at 10:00
4. Ribfest 5 Miler (Merrimack, NH) on Sunday, June 18 at 9:15
5. Downtown 5K (Providence, RI) on Sunday, September 17 at 11:00
6. Lone Gull 10K (Gloucester, MA) on Sunday, September 24 at 9:00
7. Baystate Marathon (Lowell, MA) on Sunday, October 22 at 8:00

The LDR Chairs would like to thank all the races that bid for the 2017 USATF-NE Grand Prix Series and hope everyone is excited for another excellent year of competition. Best of luck to all who compete in the series this year and we look forward to see everyone out on the roads!

Two big changes from the recommended slate: Bobby Doyle is out and the Ribfest is in for the 5 mile championship. But RI doesn’t get totally shut out because the 5k moves from Hollis (NH) to the CVS Downtown 5k in Providence. Notably still missing from the schedule is a stop in VT. Not an easy fix there, but some certainly some planning and discussion is needed to ensure geographic diversity.

From Men’s Long Distance Running Chair Scott Mindel (CMS), via the comments section on The Facebook: “When baystate found out the national masters 5k championship in Franklin park was the same day the race director worked with the city of Lowell and determined that it was possible for them to switch the race to the following week.”

That is a pretty amazing development, and took a little bit of luck and probably some quick large scale planning. Awesome to see a couple of marquee events work things out so there’s no direct conflict. Everybody wins.

This seems like an improvement over the horrid 2016 slate. Sure┬ánot everyone will be happy with this, but what else is new? The only certainties with the schedule are that some people will be pissed, and that we’ll all be taking a trip to New Bedford.

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